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May 4
Christine Runyon administered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Michael Christy last month at United Labor Center in Minneapolis.

Walk-in COVID vaccine access grows as demand dips in Minn.

Walmart pharmacies announced walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments in 80 Minnesota locations as officials reported 11 COVID-19 deaths and 998 more infections.
Local
May 4
Oxycodone-acetaminophen pills.

Fentanyl pushes Minnesota drug overdose deaths up 27%

The onset of the coronavirus last year led many treatment and outreach resources to shut down, limiting access.
Coronavirus
May 4
HCMC patient John Grubb said goodbye to some of his HCMC caregivers before his discharge Monday.

81 days on heart-lung machine was his COVID-19 rescue tool

John Grubb was something of a celebrity when he left HCMC on Monday — crowds gathered for pictures at his bedside and nurses hugged the St. Michael, Minn., man and said goodbye.
Coronavirus
May 3
Michael Elder, 35, received his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday from Air Force Sr. Specialist Lydia Payne at the Minnesota Stat

COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 600 in Minnesota

Mayo Clinic forecast predicts 25% decline in two weeks of the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections detected.
Coronavirus
May 3
Michael Elder, who faced obstacles securing vaccine, celebrated with a social media post after receiving an initial dose of the Pfizer drug at the Sta

State bets big on fairgrounds in push to inoculate hardest-hit

Thousands of Twin Cities residents are benefiting from a highly coordinated campaign to expand COVID-19 vaccinations to minority communities hardest hit by the pandemic. At the center of the initiative is the State Fairgrounds.
Coronavirus
May 2
Nurse manager Nkeiru Adoga adjusted her N95 mask while putting on PPE to visit a COVID-19 patient in a stepdown unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul o

Minnesota hospitals offering more N95 masks to workers

Minnesota hospitals collectively now have about 2.8 million N95 respirators on hand, a supply that would last five months. A year ago, they had only enough to last two months, state data show.
Coronavirus
May 2
On Wednesday April 28, 2021 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, MN, Michael Elder, 35, gets his first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 va

1,713 more COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths reported in Minnesota

At least 1,972,888 Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Business
May 1
Brian Miller, the special inspector general the coronavirus pandemic recovery, at his confirmation hearing in Washington, May 5, 2020.

Inspector general for pandemic relief funds warns of oversight breakdown

Access to information curtailed in final months of Trump administration.
Coronavirus
May 1
Empty vials that contained a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Doctors brace for questions with return of J&J vaccine

Health care providers across Minnesota are anticipating a flood of questions from patients about COVID-19 immunizations in coming days.
Business
May 1
Potential employees worked their way through a recent Mystic Lake Casino job fair in Prior Lake.

Minn. employers ramp up hiring; some workers tentative

It's not necessarily easy to hire workers, even with so many people on the sidelines because of the pandemic.
Coronavirus
May 1
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, wants Gov. Tim Walz to put an end to his emergency powers.

Walz's emergency powers remain front and center for Republican legislators

Clashes over Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic were a frequent theme as last year's legislative session negotiations drew to a…
Coronavirus
May 1
Hennepin Healthcare nurse Christine Runyon talked to Michael Christy after giving him the COVID-19 vaccine at United Labor Center in Minneapolis this

Minnesota reports 1,723 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.5 million.
April 30

Disneyland reopening marks California's turnaround

California's world-famous theme park reopened after an unprecedented 13-month closure.
Politics
April 30
Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said the state started accepting applications for rental help last week. RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • STAR TRI

Minnesota leaders urge struggling renters to apply for aid

Legislators are still hashing out how to end the state's eviction moratorium.
Coronavirus
April 30
Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in August 2017.

Walz considers COVID-19 dial change, 'normal' State Fair

Gov. Tim Walz met with business leaders to discuss further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and commended Minnesotans for a vaccine uptake rate that "out-vaccinated the surge."
Local
April 30
In September, the first federal trial in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic required retrofitting of the courtroom to deter infection. GLEN STU

Minnesota's federal courts moving back to in-person operation

The first in-person trial is scheduled to begin May 13.
Coronavirus
April 30
Christine Runyon administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Jamie Larson this month at United Labor Center in Minneapolis.

Minnesota reports 16 COVID-19 deaths and 1,877 infections

Changing demand for COVID-19 vaccine prompts state to drop requirement that providers administer 90% of vaccine within three days.
Coronavirus
April 29
Dr. Priya Sampathkumar outside Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She has been immersing herself in efforts to assist, “but the need is so enormous.”

Minnesotans answer call to fight COVID-19 surge in India

The number of Minnesota residents with Asian Indian ancestry has increased from 30,500 in 2010 to 40,500 in 2019. For many, what's playing out in India is taking a personal toll.
Coronavirus
April 29
Patients were breathing with the help of oxygen masks inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a Covid-19 coronavirus ward in New Delhi on Apr

How to help India amid the COVID crisis there

India's coronavirus crisis is the worst since the pandemic began, and it will probably worsen before it gets better.Hospitals are full, oxygen supplies are dwindling,…
Business
April 29
Lisa Hanson

Albert Lea bar owner who defied COVID restrictions is arrested in Iowa

For nearly six weeks, Lisa Hanson has been in hiding after warrants were issued for her arrest.