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February 22
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Feb. 19, to James Wells, 73, of Minneapolis

State reports 39 COVID-19 bar, restaurant outbreaks in 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday reported social outbreak data also showing 85 outbreaks involving sports and 23 in fitness clubs and gyms so far this year.
Sports
February 22
Top, Luke Pennington, left, and Bryce Menden, part of a Shakopee fifth-grade team, practiced at East Middle School in Shakopee. Steve Krueger, above,

Pandemic teaches youth basketball teams new appreciation of traveling

Differing community interpretations of COVID-19 guidelines have forced some youth basketball associations to find other places to hold tournaments.
Coronavirus
February 22
An image from an electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine appeared to

Pfizer vaccine stops COVID-19 spread, Israeli study shows

The early results on lab-confirmed infections in Israel are important because they show the vaccine may also prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, something that hadn't been clear so far.
Twins
February 22
The Twins hope 2021 has real fans, not just cardboard cutouts.

Twins seek governor's approval for 10,000 fans at Target Field

Gov. Tim Walz will have the final word on the size of the crowds, and he must balance fans' desire for normalcy against public health concerns as COVID keeps its grip on Minnesota.
Coronavirus
February 21
fewer to serve: Turtle Lake Food Pantry volunteers from left, Dawn Nelson, Wayne Kendrick and food pantry director Sheldon Fredrick prepared to load u

Rural food shelves see unexpected dip even as food stamp use rises

Hunger isn't fading in rural regions. Many may be relying on pop-up food distributions as well as federal aid in stimulus checks, bolstered unemployment assistance and extra money in food stamps.
Coronavirus
February 21
“Too many people were on the lines coughing, so he knew something was up,” Esmerelda said in May of her husband, a supervisor at JBS Worthington.

No workers' comp paid for COVID-19 claims so far at Minnesota meatpacking plants

None of the claims that have been paid so far are from the state's largest meat-processing plants, where some of the Minnesota's biggest workplace outbreaks occurred.
Coronavirus
February 21
Simon Buley, with the Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative, checked a vial of the Prizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to see if an extra dose cou

891 more COVID-19 cases, nine more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one vaccine dose is 754,602.
Coronavirus
February 21
A hospital worker placed a “COVID Patient” sticker on a body bag holding a deceased patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission

A ripple effect of loss: U.S. COVID-19 deaths approach 500,000

No other country has counted so many deaths in the pandemic.
Sports
February 20
With the second summer of the pandemic approaching, many Minnesota resorts are booking up fast. People want to get away, the resort owners say, and th

Anderson: This season, resorts beckon to the pandemic-weary

Most still have openings for this summer. But based on early bookings, they expect record or near-record years as the nation starts to emerge from the pandemic.
Coronavirus
February 20
Carol Robertson, who is 105 years old and living through her third pandemic, received a COVID-19 vaccination earlier this month. (ELIZABETH FLORES •

Coronavirus variant spreading in Minnesota

Officials fear a second wave of more contagious virus strain could emerge.
Coronavirus
February 20
‘Inspiring and disheartening’: In trying to get her parents vaccinated, Maura Caldwell waited in line with them for hours, hoping for leftover dos

'Like the Hunger Games': Minn. vaccine hunters chase doses via social media

"Vaccine chasers" pool their intel on Facebook, with tips on where to get the shots on short notice
Business
February 20
“My 16-year-old son (Jesus) just got a job just to help make ends meet, “ said Claudia Sandoval from her home, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Maplew

Hospitality workers on edge, wondering if jobs will come back

For much of the last year, Claudia Sandoval worried she might lose her house.In the early days of the pandemic, when travel and group events…
Coronavirus
February 20
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of COVID-19 vaccine Friday afternoon to James Wells, 73, of Minneapolis.

Minnesota reports 884 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 742,000.
Coronavirus
February 20
People waited in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University’s Liaco

What's safe after COVID-19 vaccination? Don't shed masks yet

now what? Don't expect to shed your mask and get back to normal activities right away.
Variety
February 19
Temporary hair loss results from fever, illness and severe stress.

You're not imagining it: The pandemic is making your hair fall out

The phenomenon is another frustrating byproduct of immense stress and post-viral inflammation from COVID-19.
Coronavirus
February 19
Lorie Gildea (photo by Leila Navidi)

Minnesota courts will resume in-person criminal trials March 15

After a four-month hiatus caused by the pandemic, in-person criminal jury trials will resume in state district courts on March 15, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief…
Coronavirus
February 19
United Family Medicine nurse Julie Sharp vaccinated Roosevelt Austin Jr., 57, against COVID-19 earlier this month.   (AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsk

Minnesota hits 1 million mark with COVID-19 vaccine doses

The state postponed appointments at some community vaccination locations after severe winter weather in other parts of the country delayed at least part of this week's COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Coronavirus
February 18
A group of regulars, mostly from Robbinsdale, drank and ate dinner at the bar at Tony Jaros River Garden in the summer.

Minneapolis lifts bar service restrictions as COVID-19 cases fall

The move brings Minneapolis establishments in line with state restrictions.
Coronavirus
February 18
All Minnesotans are encouraged to register for the new COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.

About the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

All Minnesotans are encouraged to register for the new online tool.
Coronavirus
February 18
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) walks to the House floor for a vote at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 4, 2021. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Rep. Ilhan Omar, local leaders call for federal COVID relief

Minneapolis, Hennepin County officials joined Omar in urging big new relief package.