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Jeremy Olson

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Jeremy Olson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering health care for the Star Tribune. Trained in investigative and computer-assisted reporting, Olson has covered politics, social services, and family issues.


A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.
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People with appointments waited for their entry times Thursday at a vaccination site in Brooklyn Center, one of nine Minnesota test clinics that is pr

Minnesota senior test clinics expanding vaccine access

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.
Gov. Tim Walz visited a COVID-19 vaccine clinic where EMS-certified first responders received the Moderna vaccine at Wayzata High School in Plymouth.

Minnesota's total COVID deaths surpass 6,000; more than 200K vaccine doses

Health officials hope new vaccine clinics for people 65 and older will hasten Minnesota's rate of vaccine administration.
New Hope Police Chief Tim Hoyt received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from nurse Gloria Christensen at a vaccine clinic this month at Wayzata High Scho

Seniors surge to Minnesota site to register for COVID vaccine

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.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minnesota reports 6 COVID-19 deaths, 200,130 first-dose vaccinations

Case trends are positive for Minnesota as it prepares to expand limited COVID-19 vaccination to seniors, teachers.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Test program expands COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

Announcement comes as nearly 200,000 Minnesotans have received their first doses of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines.
Gov. Tim Walz visited a COVID-19 vaccine clinic where EMS-certified first responders received the Moderna vaccine last week.

Minn. COVID-19 vaccine providers defend their performance

The state remains on schedule for vaccination of its priority group, but faces criticism when compared with the rest of the U.S.
The Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: MIN2008052208164303

Mayo validates COVID-19 plasma treatment as public seeks vaccine

Timing is key, as patients with COVID-19 did not benefit from donor plasma if they had already been placed on ventilators, research shows.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

Minnesota's COVID vaccine supply reaches 558K

Plans for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine for next priority group on hold due to new federal guidance.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minnesota tempers expectations for expanded vaccine rollout

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.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 7,000 second COVID-19 vaccine doses given in Minnesota

New website seeks to provide more real-time information to Minnesotans about the pace of vaccination.
Plymouth Police Sgt. Heath Bird received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from RN Gloria Christensen on Friday at Wayzata High School in Plymouth.

State pushes for weekend shots to boost COVID vaccine rate

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.
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Wayzata High School in Plymouth on Friday administered the Moderna vaccine to EMS-certified first responders.       ] GLE

More than 140,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots given in Minn.

Slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations reflects concerns about the pandemic after the holiday season.
Mark Berman walked back to his North Loop home with a pizza and salad from Black Sheep in May. “I would not go to any place that offers in house din

Bars, restaurants and other venues reopen today in Minnesota with restrictions

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%.
Chief Tim Hoyt of New Hope P.D. received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from RN Gloria Christensen on Friday.

More than 100,000 Minnesotans receive first COVID-19 vaccine doses

Health officials to meet Monday to plan second wave of vaccine offerings to people 75 and older and front-line essential workers.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and Gov. Tim Walz answered questions Friday about the change to use vaccines as they get them, rather than r

More than 100K Minnesotans receive first COVID-19 vaccine doses

Gov. Tim Walz praised plans to release federal reserve supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to states.
Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner, drew the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth to administer to ICU nurse

COVID-19 variant not found in Minnesota, but remains a concern

Mask-wearing and social distancing urged to prevent COVID-19 variant in Minnesota
Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner, drew the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth to administer to ICU nurse

COVID-19 vaccinations jump to 91,174 in Minnesota

Governor predicts steady growth in vaccinations will further reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota soon.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minn. has received 396,350 COVID-19 vaccine doses, administered 81,167 shots

CDC leader said she expects rapid increase in COVID-19 vaccinations as the nation emerges from the holidays.
Walz to loosen restrictions on indoor dining, other venues

Walz to loosen restrictions on indoor dining, other venues

Restaurants, bars and other venues have been closed for in-person service since late November.
ICU nurse Sam Moder, left, received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth last month from Sherry Johnson, a

Extra doses help to stretch Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine supply

Syringe size matters when providers seek to squeeze extra doses of COVID-19 vaccine out of vials.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee on Monday received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 84,000 Minnesotans have first dose of COVID vaccine

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.
A masked employee cleaned a table at Blarney Pub & Grill in Dinkytown on Nov. 13. Gov. Tim Walz is planning to announce Wednesday that he will loosen

Walz to loosen bar, restaurant rules amid COVID progress

Change in state pandemic response comes amid declining infection and hospitalization numbers, but health officials warn that risks remain.
Alison Barnes decontaminated incoming saliva sample tubes as they arrive at the IBX processing area in this Oakdale, Minnesota facility.

Minnesota reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths, 3,148 infections

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.
Two medical assistants with M Health Fairview exchanged swabs during drive-up COVID testing. Fairview is closing the emergency room at St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph's ER in St. Paul closes Wednesday morning

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.
Lynn Wright, the widow of Michael Wright, points out ornaments on her Christmas tree that hold special memories, including a Harley-Davidson ornament

One man's struggle reflects state's loss of 5,000 to COVID

Michael Wright's picture captured the state's attention; his death underscores the pandemic threat that has killed more than 5,000 Minnesotans.
Dr. Sophia Kim, an internist at North Memorial, drew a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe in Monday, Dec. 21.

As cases wane, vaccinations start, officials urge vigilance

More than 2,900 Minnesota health care workers have been vaccinated, but vaccine won't replace mitigation strategies for a while.
A health care worker collected one of the self-administered nasal swabs tests from a participant in the drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Monday,

Minn. COVID hospitalizations lowest since early November

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.
Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitioner, drew the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth to administer to ICU nurse

Vaccinations begin but Minnesota's supply for Week 2 falls short

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.
HealthPartners began its transition to indoor and winterized drive-up COVID testing sites across the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin, including in t

Minn. reports 65 virus deaths, 2,737 new cases despite progress

Health officials hope continued restrictions on gatherings and bars and restaurants will drive down pandemic numbers even more.
The University of Minnesota is studying COVID-19 antibodies in grocery store workers to better understand how widespread infection is in the state. Da

U's study of grocery store workers could help unlock COVID-19 clues

Vaccine readiness continues as Minnesota receives thousands of doses for health care workers at risk of COVID-19 exposure.
A pop-up COVID-19 testing site opened for a week earlier this month at Victory Links Golf Course Parking Lot at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

83 COVID-19 deaths, 2,775 cases in Minn. amid improving infection rate

Group gatherings remain outbreak concerns, but state expands guidance to allow for 10 people from two households indoors.
Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday he will loosen his COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, gyms, youth sports and family gatherings.

Walz loosens restrictions on bars, gyms and youth sports

Fitness studios and gyms will be able to reopen at lower capacity, and bars and restaurants may resume only outdoor service.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year-old son, Bhruv, was tested for COVID-19 earlier this month at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site in Ro

92 COVID-19 deaths, 2,279 infections reported in Minnesota

Pandemic wave has shown watch-like precision of peaks in infections followed by hospitalizations and deaths.
Nurse Thera Witte received the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at the Minneapolis VA hospital.

Minnesota health care workers, elders receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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.
FedEx driver Seth Warnecke delivered a box containing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Minneapolis VA Hospital on Monday as VA di

COVID vaccinations expected to begin today in Minnesota

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.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wore his buffalo plaid cloth mask at a July 22 news conference. He thanked Minnesotans on Monday for a recent hike in mask-wea

Walz urges mask-wearing as bridge to vaccine

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.
A North Memorial medical worker, who didn’t wish to be identified, administered a test to a patient Friday afternoon at North Memorial’s drive-up

21 COVID deaths push Minn. above 4,000 for pandemic

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.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had COVID-19 in April, held a vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine candidate at a pharmaceutical facility in Wale

First vaccine doses will be targeted, health officials say

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.