The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

CDC director announces shake-up, citing COVID mistakes

The head of the nation's top public health agency on Wednesday announced a shake-up of the organization, saying it fell short responding to COVID-19 and needs to become more nimble.
Millions of Americans sought unemployment benefits during the height of the pandemic.

Prosecutors struggle to catch up to a tidal wave of pandemic fraud

August 17
Trillions of dollars flowed into federal relief programs, with few strings and minimal oversight, resulting in one of the largest frauds in U.S. history.
People held signs during a December 2020 rally and vigil in St. Paul to honor and memorialize those who have died of COVID-19 while incarcerated.

Judge blocks plan to return 18 freed during pandemic to prison

August 14
The 18 former prisoners were among the 158 people granted conditional medical release as COVID raged through the prison population in Minnesota.
Critical care nurse Amy Berwald checked on an intubated COVID-19 patient Feb. 8, 2022, at North Memorial Health Hospital’s South 7 Intensive Care Un

In reversal, more women than men dying this summer of COVID in Minnesota

August 13
Minnesota surpassed 13,000 COVID-19 deaths this week with the toll still falling hardest on the elderly, unhealthy and unvaccinated.
Jorge Macias administers a rapid COVID-19 test Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the COVID-19 test-to-treat site at the Starlite Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn

More than 13,000 deaths now linked to COVID-19 in Minnesota

August 11
CDC data show Minnesota counties at a high COVID-19 level increased from nine to 22 in the past week.
A sign asks those getting vaccinated to keep 6 feet apart during the vaccination event, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Nevada Union High School in Grass

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

August 11
The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.
f you were exposed to COVID-19, take three home tests instead of two to make sure you’re not infected, according to new U.S. recommendations release

FDA: Take 3 home tests if exposed to COVID to boost accuracy

August 11
If you were exposed to COVID-19, take three home tests instead of two to make sure you're not infected, according to new U.S. recommendations released Thursday.

Minnesota COVID levels steady with a few upticks

August 4
Cases and hospitalizations are up slightly, but ICU numbers and wastewater data suggest a generally stable picture.

Hospital 'adverse events' rose during pandemic in Minnesota

August 3
Staff shortages exacerbated the risks of preventable falls, while severe COVID cases presented new challenges in preventing bedsores.