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The state also unveiled a new electronic COVID-19 case investigation system by which people who have tested positive will be invited via text message to answer questions about viral exposures online.
Health officials hope new vaccine clinics for people 65 and older will hasten Minnesota's rate of vaccine administration.
The site closed to new registrants at 2 p.m. in order to serve people stuck in a waiting queue, but in the end connected more than 5,000 people with appointments.
Case trends are positive for Minnesota as it prepares to expand limited COVID-19 vaccination to seniors, teachers.
Announcement comes as nearly 200,000 Minnesotans have received their first doses of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines.
The state remains on schedule for vaccination of its priority group, but faces criticism when compared with the rest of the U.S.
Timing is key, as patients with COVID-19 did not benefit from donor plasma if they had already been placed on ventilators, research shows.
Plans for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for next priority group on hold due to new federal guidance.
New federal tack creates math problem for Minnesota if 2 million more people immediately expect shots from a supply of 60,000 doses per week.
New website seeks to provide more real-time information to Minnesotans about the pace of vaccination.
With more than 150,000 doses administered, state health officials begin planning for next phase of vaccinating people 75 or older and workers in key industries.
Slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations reflects concerns about the pandemic after the holiday season.
Starting Monday, bars and restaurants can reopen for in-person dining at 50% capacity with a 10 p.m. curfew. Movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums can reopen at 25%.
Health officials to meet Monday to plan second wave of vaccine offerings to people 75 and older and front-line essential workers.
Gov. Tim Walz praised plans to release federal reserve supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to states.
Mask-wearing and social distancing urged to prevent COVID-19 variant in Minnesota
Governor predicts steady growth in vaccinations will further reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota soon.
CDC leader said she expects rapid increase in COVID-19 vaccinations as the nation emerges from the holidays.
Restaurants, bars and other venues have been closed for in-person service since late November.
Syringe size matters when providers seek to squeeze extra doses of COVID-19 vaccine out of vials.
Minnesota health officials said they were encouraged by the recent declines in COVID-19 activity in Minnesota and steady deliveries of vaccine. The state on Tuesday reported 18 deaths and 1,612 new infections.
Change in state pandemic response comes amid declining infection and hospitalization numbers, but health officials warn that risks remain.
The rate of new infections in the state has dropped sharply, but state health officials will be closely watching for signs of increased viral transmission over the Christmas and New Year holiday weekends.
The hospital could shut down entirely by the end of 2021, though Fairview leaders pledged to maintain its inpatient treatment of COVID-19 for as long as needed.
Michael Wright's picture captured the state's attention; his death underscores the pandemic threat that has killed more than 5,000 Minnesotans.
More than 2,900 Minnesota health care workers have been vaccinated, but vaccine won't replace mitigation strategies for a while.
Twenty-two COVID-19 deaths were reported by Minnesota health authorities on Monday along with 1,998 newly diagnosed infections, but they come amid signs of progress.
Health officials learned that Minnesota would be receiving only 33,150 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week compared with the 58,000 they had anticipated.
Health officials hope continued restrictions on gatherings and bars and restaurants will drive down pandemic numbers even more.
Vaccine readiness continues as Minnesota receives thousands of doses for health care workers at risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Group gatherings remain outbreak concerns, but state expands guidance to allow for 10 people from two households indoors.
Fitness studios and gyms will be able to reopen at lower capacity, and bars and restaurants may resume only outdoor service.
Pandemic wave has shown watch-like precision of peaks in infections followed by hospitalizations and deaths.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 21 more COVID-19 deaths and 2,340 newly lab-confirmed infections. Vaccinations at most Minnesota hospitals and clinics will start next week.
Thousands of doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine started arriving this week in Minnesota. The first vaccinations are scheduled to start today at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and next week at hospitals and clinics statewide.
The governor thanked Minnesotans on Monday for a recent hike in mask-wearing, based on survey data, and said it should be a bridge for the state to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The number of COVID-19 patients filling intensive care beds in Minnesota hospitals has declined since Nov. 30, a sign the latest wave is easing.
First doses could come in December, but they will likely go to health care workers and high-risk groups. "It won't be a situation where you line up outside a grocery store," Minnesota infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said.