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April 8
A clinican pharmacist with the Seattle Indian Board prepared an injection of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December.

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?
Coronavirus
April 7
Hennepin County will receive $240 million in federal funding for future COVID-19 expenditures,

Hennepin County receives additional $240M for COVID-19 expenses

One-fourth of last year's federal funding was spent on thousands of small-business grants.
Local
April 7
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with reporters on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in St. Cloud. Joining her are, from left, Jules’ Bistro owner Donell

COVID-19 relief programs 'vital' for St. Cloud restaurants, bars, owners and officials say

Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited St. Cloud to tout relief package
Nation
April 7
Pigs at a South Dakota farm waiting to be shipped to a meatpacking facility. A complaint against an Oklahoma plant offers regulators in the Biden admi

Complaint may spur review of meat industry's virus response

A union complaint about whether an Oklahoma meatpacking plant is doing enough to protect workers from the coronavirus could test the industry's response to the pandemic because Seaboard Foods says it is following recommendations from the government and trade groups.
Coronavirus
April 7
Ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, above left, and Gov. Tim Walz received the J&J vaccine last week at the Vikings’ practice facility in Eagan.

Virus cases press Minnesota hospital capacity once again

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose above 500 in Minnesota for the first time since late January.
Local
April 7
Coronavirus
April 7
Grounds crew members prepare Target Field for the April 8 home opener Tuesday in Minneapolis.        ]                 DAVID JOLES • david.joles@sta

COVID protocols bring changes to the fan experience at Target Field

Thursday's home opener will include digital tickets, face masks and lots of sanitizing.
Coronavirus
April 6
Nurses prepared doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19

President Joe Biden said he's bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines. But even as he expressed optimism about the pace of vaccinations, he warned Americans that the nation is not yet out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic.
Nation
April 6
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown in June.

Texas governor bans mandated COVID-19 'vaccine passports'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott used his executive power Tuesday to ban state government and some private entities from requiring COVID-19 "vaccine passports" to access services, in the latest move from a Republican governor pitting public health campaigns against personal freedom and private choices.
Politics
April 6
Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine during a vaccination clinic as part of an outreach Henry Ford Health System at the Islamic Center of Americ

Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he's bumping up his deadline by two weeks for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines. But even as he expressed optimism about the pace of vaccinations, he warned Americans that the nation is not yet out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic.
Coronavirus
April 6
People’s Center Clinic medical assistant Sabah Askar gave Diane Snodgrass her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic last month.

Minnesota's COVID-19 case rates have grown 25 days in a row

The state's test positivity rate and hospitalization growth rate are also at levels that public officials consider to be warning signs.
Coronavirus
April 6
This electron microscope image shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured at the U.S. Nat

Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

Most children with a serious inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus had initial COVID-19 infections with no symptoms or only mild ones, new U.S. research shows.
Coronavirus
April 6
Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists prepared to supine a proned patient at North Memorial Health Hospital in December.    ] AARON LAVINSKY

State's COVID-19 hospitalizations almost double February totals

Some evidence suggests that highly infectious and possibly more serious COVID-19 variants are also responsible, sickening those at younger ages who would have otherwise not needed medical care.
April 5

CDC director: Young people fueling virus uptick

The increasing rate of vaccination in older Americans is preventing the most serious cases among seniors.
Coronavirus
April 5
ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com FILE-Castle Danger Brewery dumps excess beer that had gone bad down the drain in January. A new report s

Minnesota breweries drained by pandemic as on-site sales dried up

600 jobs lost, contribution to state economy slips.
Coronavirus
April 5
Mike Babcock, 38, of St. Paul, received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine last month at the Minneapolis VA from nurse Matt Brenner.

Minnesota State Fairgrounds to become COVID vaccination site

Gov. Tim Walz and FEMA announced Monday that shots will begin at the Falcon Heights location on April 14.
St. Cloud
April 5
Fourth-grade teacher Kelly Brant talked to her students who were learning remotely on Jan. 19, 2021, at Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park.

What did St. Cloud workers need? Free tutoring for their kids

St. Cloud called on development agency to plug gaps as parents became overwhelmed.
Coronavirus
April 5
Andy Flosdorf sits in the chair in his home that he has spent most of the last year in. Flosdorf is a COVID Long Hauler. He got COVID in March 2020, a

Some COVID-19 long haulers in Minnesota still lack diagnosis

There's no ready pool of doctors with the necessary expertise who can quarterback the complicated issues faced by the silent wave of Long COVID patients. Patients say it feels like they're on their own.
Wild
April 4
Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom made a save against the Wild in an August 2020 game. Sixteen of the 22 players on Vancouver’s active roster were on t

Canucks' season being brought to standstill because of COVID outbreak

The Canucks are off the ice at least until Tuesday and have had four games postponed because of the virus.
Coronavirus
April 3
“I couldn’t have felt any better than if I had won the lottery. It’s total relief.” Dwanda Waltower, who now sees grandson Kinzo Ross

A shot in the arm gives Minnesotans needed relief, joy

Dwanda Waltower's face mask couldn't hide the joy in her eyes.For too many months, the 62-year-old grandmother sat in self-imposed exile from her family, friends…