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World
September 25
In this June 14, 2020, file photo, medical workers attend to a COVID-19 patient in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.

Yemen, beset by war, facing COVID surge

The country already faced many health challenges before the coronavirus emerged, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the situation.
Coronavirus
September 25
With her kids, Faith, 3, Jerimiah, 11 and Isaiah, 9, at her side, Shontae Jones, center, and her friend Angie Evans, right, signed up for their second

George Floyd Square COVID-19 vaccine drives target misinformation, mistrust

Community groups hope to remediate low vaccination rates in the historically Black community at 38th and Chicago.
Coronavirus
September 25
At HCMC on Friday, Dr. Matthew Prekker, an emergency room/pulmonary specialist, prepared to see a 50-year-old COVID-19 patient.

Young and younger: State's latest COVID-19 hospitalizations

Non-elderly, unvaccinated filling hospital beds as the median age shifts lower.
Coronavirus
September 25
People who qualify now for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots shouldn’t feel they must rush to get them, Kris Ehresmann, the state’s director for infe

Relieved Minnesota seniors rushing to get booster shots

"We want to do everything we can do to not pass it on to the grandchildren."
Business
September 25
Dr. John de Csepel, a vice president of medical affairs at Medtronic.

When Medtronic execs want to get a read on COVID-19, they turn to this doctor

Dr. John de Csepel leads a team that directs the medical device manufacturer's COVID-19 response.
Local
September 24
Pfizer COVID-19 boosters are recommended for people 65 and older and people 50 to 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at high risk

1M Minnesotans eligible for Pfizer COVID vaccine booster shot

Minnesotans might get shots quicker at pharmacies than at large health care systems, state health officials said, adding that Pfizer vaccine supply is sufficient to meet demand.
Local
September 24
St. Cloud Hospital has had to expand its intensive care unit and delay medical care for those dealing with other illnesses or emergencies because of a

COVID-19 surge forcing St. Cloud Hospital to expand ICU, delay other care

"Our hospital is full because of unvaccinated COVID-related patients."
Vikings
September 23
Light streamed in Thursday from the transparent roof over U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of Sunday’s home opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium prepare for state's largest indoor crowd since December 2019

Vikings are planning a reopening celebration sans vaccine or mask requirements.
Local
September 23
At least 95 Minnesota Pre-K-12 schools have reported COVID-19 outbreaks of five or more infections in the past two weeks, the Minnesota Department of

School-linked COVID-19 outbreaks triple in Minnesota

Outbreaks in elementary schools where students aren't eligible for vaccination, but also in high schools where students are eligible.
Nation
September 23
Nurse practitioner Kelly Moran gave a flu shot to a patient at a CVS Minute Clinic in Philadelphia in January 2020.

Experts warn of 'potentially severe flu season' and urge getting flu shot

While pandemic measures appeared to keep the flu at bay last year, this year experts are concerned.
Nation
September 23
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Are your face masks still effective as COVID lingers? It depends on what kind you own

Generally, the CDC says masks should have two or more layers of "washable, breathable fabric" that completely covers your nose and mouth.
Nation
September 22
Pfizer-BioNTech, left, and Moderna COVID-19 doses ready for patients at Cornerstone Pharmacy in Little Rock, Ark., on March 8, 2021.

Moderna vs. Pfizer: Both knockouts, but one seems to have the edge

In a half-dozen studies published over the past few weeks, Moderna's vaccine appeared to be more protective over the long term than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Sports
September 22
Runners head out at the start of the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Twin Cities Marathon and 10-mile race are back, with COVID protocols

After the global pandemic shut down last year's race, COVID-19 precautions taken this year will help keep runners, volunteers and spectators safe.
Local
September 22
Vaccinated people make up the minority of severe COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota, according to two hospital systems.

Vaccinated make up few severe COVID hospitalizations in Minnesota

Data from Allina and Sanford show a relatively small percentage of vaccinated COVID-19 patients need ventilators or intensive care.
Nation
September 22
A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Israel’s Me

Study: Pregnant women who got Pfizer, Moderna vaccines passed protection to babies

Study found newborns had antibodies to protect against COVID-19 after their mothers were vaccinated with shots from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
Local
September 22
8th Street Market employee Jason Barto bagged a bottle of ketchup for Ben Fedor, of Northeast, during checkout Wednesday afternoon.

Minneapolis shopping bag fee to resume Oct. 1

Customers will pay 5 cents for each bag provided by a store.
Taste
September 22
J. Selby’s in St. Paul.

St. Paul restaurant J. Selby's voluntarily pauses indoor dining again

J. Selby's is closing the dining room until COVID cases drop. It will resume curbside pickup.
Coronavirus
September 21
Local
September 21
Minnesota’s tracking of how and where people are infected with the coronavirus has plummeted in the latest COVID-19 wave, with 80% of infections ide

Viral spread in latest Minnesota COVID wave more of mystery

Minnesota's contact tracing has plummeted, with 80% of infections identified in August coming from unknown sources.
Local
September 21
The state’s testing positivity rate has fallen to 6.8%, down from a recent high of 7.1%.

Minnesota surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths as hospitals fill

Hospitalizations set a 2021 record with 791 COVID-19 patients. Of the state's 1,206 intensive care beds, 95% are occupied. About 92% of non-ICU beds are full.