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June 30
Gretchen Seichrist, with her daughter, Iris, both have compromised immune systems from Lyme disease. She said they wanted to sit in a coffee shop at E

U campus, Edina, Rochester require more face masks

The U will require face coverings in all public spaces. Mankato's City Council opted to hold a public hearing on its emergency mask ordinance. And Rochester voted to require masks inside city facilities.
Coronavirus
June 29
A vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States.

COVID-19 drug price deemed 'reasonable'

Remdesivir cuts hospital stays; researchers still don't know if it lowers mortality rates.
Coronavirus
June 29
A health care worker administers a COVID-19 test to a drive-up patient. [Star Tribune file photo: Alex Kormann/Minneapolis Star Tribune]

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers decline in Minnesota

State nears 21-day threshold for assessing any increase in COVID-19 related to June 10 bar, restaurant reopenings.
Coronavirus
June 29
Lana Jones, interim CEO of J.L. Buchanan, said firms need to avoid a hasty response to crisis.

Minnesota's Top Workplaces leaders on turning a crisis into an opportunity for improvement

Top Workplaces special-award winners explain how leadership sets the tone amid new challenges.
Coronavirus
June 29
Staffers from JT Mega, a St. Louis-Park based ad agency focused on Minnesota food brands and food-service suppliers.

Minnesota small businesses give back despite their own problems because of pandemic

Small companies share their survival strategies for surviving and flourishing into the future.
Coronavirus
June 29
Aweld Hussein offered free masks to riders of a Metro Transit bus stopped on the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Avenue on Thursday, June 25. Face c

As virus restrictions ease, Metro Transit wonders: Will riders come back?

Safety and the changing demands of ridership are among topics to be addressed.
Coronavirus
June 29
A nurse adjusted her N95 mask at a free testing site in Houston. Tight-fitting N95 masks are in such demand that hospitals are doing everything they c

Still in short supply in Minnesota, N95 masks used over and over

3M Co. said Friday that despite doubling its production of N95 respirators this year, global demand continues to far exceed the supply for the entire industry.
Coronavirus
June 29
Linden Hills Co-op cashier Sareena Tippett wore a mask as she helped customer Cindy Lambing on May 21. Minneapolis requires face coverings inside busi

Edina, Rochester, Mankato consider mask requirements

City councils in Edina, Rochester and Mankato considering requirement to help limit spread of COVID-19.
Coronavirus
June 29
A deer on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, June 21, 2020. Opening bars and bringing back football teams have led to new outbreaks. Commu

'We could be feeling this for the next decade': Virus hits college towns

DAVIS, CALIF. – The community around the University of California, Davis, used to have a population of 70,000 and a thriving economy. Rentals were tight.…
Coronavirus
June 29

Nonprofit that helped lead efforts on health reform to close

In the 1990s, employers across the country followed the group's pioneering health insurance program where employees shopped for care based on cost and quality. More recent work promoted better care at clinics and enhanced mental health benefits.
Coronavirus
June 28
Commuters disembarked from a light-rail train at the Nicollet Mall station during the morning rush hour Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Eight more COVID deaths in Minnesota; hospital cases decline further

Sunday's data release brought the number of confirmed cases in the state to 35,549.
Coronavirus
June 28
The nation found ways to grieve after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Grief shared is grief diminished,” said funeral services provider Bill McRea

Lack of collective mourning shows way pandemic has altered grief

Though the country's pandemic casualties are now greater than those of World War I, the country has not acknowledged its millions of mourners with so much as a, "Sorry for your loss."
Coronavirus
June 28
People gathered to drink on the patio of Kollege Klub in Dinkytown on June 17. It was one of four bars identified by Minnesota health officials as con

Mankato bar owner defends efforts to avoid spread of COVID-19

Steve Wegman, owner of the 507, said he's invested in masks, gloves and cleaning supplies and taken many other steps to protect the health and safety of both customers and employees since Minnesota bars and restaurants reopened at limited capacity this month.
Coronavirus
June 27
Schools continued to provide meals and child care during the pandemic this spring, adding to their costs.

Minnesota schools face uncertainty amid a pandemic-related budget crunch

As districts plan for multiple COVID-19 scenarios for fall, money woes loom large.
Coronavirus
June 27
“If the federal government doesn’t act, the current wave of closures is sadly going to be the tip of the iceberg,” said Deepak Nath, co-owner of

Despite aid, Minnesota small businesses brace for bleak times

Most small-business owners have already run through the money they received from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. With a slow summer looming, some say their businesses may not survive until 2021 if they don't get more help soon.
Coronavirus
June 27
Health care workers monitored a COVID-19 patient at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul in May.

Number of hospitalized Minn. virus patients falls significantly

Six more people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota as new test results pushed the number of confirmed cases statewide to more than 35,000. Daily tallies for hospitalized patients have been trending down in recent weeks.
Coronavirus
June 27

2nd Minnesota inmate dies after testing COVID-19 positive

A second Minnesota prison inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19, state corrections officials said Saturday.
Coronavirus
June 27
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

How to protect against COVID-19 when someone gets too close

Humming a tune may help you deal with close encounters of the COVID kind.
Coronavirus
June 27
A mask distribution event, Friday, June 26, 2020, in a COVID-19 hotspot of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

What to wear: Feds' mixed messages on masks sow confusion

Forgive the American people if they're in a fog about face masks. President Donald Trump and the federal government have done a number on them.…
Coronavirus
June 27
The Kollege Klub in Dinkytown, the site of a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

Four Minnesota bars linked to COVID-19 surge in young adults

Roughly 100 people suffered COVID-19 infections related to crowding at a bar in Mankato, while more than 30 cases have been identified among people who went to Cowboy Jack's near Target Field and the Kollege Klub in Dinkytown.