Business
November 24, 2021

EU says economic recovery threatened by COVID-19 resurgence

The massive spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is threatening the European Union's recovery from the deep economic slump caused by last year's onset of the pandemic, the bloc's economy chief said Wednesday.
Coronavirus
November 23, 2021
Air Force Airman 1st Class Shelby Matera, from left, and Capts. Aimee Clonts and Kimbrely Mason took part in an N95 mask fit check Tuesday at HCMC in

COVID-19 hospitalizations set 2021 record again in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz outlined steps the state is taking to protect hospital capacity amid the latest pandemic surge that has the state facing a critical time.
West Metro
November 23, 2021
All county employees had to submit proof of vaccination in October. The people who chose not to be vaccinated or not disclose their vaccination status

COVID-19 outbreak hits Hennepin County workhouse in Plymouth

The facility has strict protocols in place to prevent the virus.
Local
November 23, 2021
“Name some things that start with the letter H,” Melissa Watson leaned forward to hear the “H” word, muffled by a mask, that was offered by a

Burnsville schools will go to distance learning due to COVID-19 surge

Students will take classes at home Wednesday through Dec. 3.
November 22, 2021
The Biogen Inc., headquarters, March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Concerns about safety risks of the controversial new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm hav

Concerns grow over safety of Alzheimer's drug after death of patient

Concerns about safety risks of the controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm have intensified in the wake of the death of a 75-year-old woman who experienced…
Coronavirus
November 20, 2021
Dr. Andrew Winter listens to Bobby Stewart’s lungs during his examination in the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room on Nov. 17, 2021.

St. Cloud ER 'fast and furious' amid COVID wave in Minnesota

Minnesota's busiest hospital — by occupancy rate — has been at the epicenter of the state's COVID-19 wave for three months, treating an escalating number of infected patients while seeing no slowdown in everyday emergencies.
Nation
November 20, 2021
Vaccinations at a community site in San Francisco, Nov. 14, 2021.

When can the COVID-19 masks finally come off?

Loosening mask requirements now would be premature, experts said, especially as we head into the winter.
Local
November 19, 2021
Only 2% of adult ICU beds in Minnesota on Thursday were unoccupied and 56 hospitals reported their adult intensive care units were at capacity, accord

COVID-19 vaccine boosters approved for all adults, will start immediately in Minn.

With cases rising, public health officials hope the approval will slow virus spread.
Local
November 19, 2021
State officials are encouraging more students to get vaccinated, and many schools are offering clinics, such as this one at South View Middle School i

Shakopee cancels classes as Minn. schools navigate COVID surge

Rising infection rates could push students back into distance learning; more call for mandates at Minnesota state.
Variety
November 19, 2021
A pregnant and intubated COVID-19 patient in the Surgical Intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 31

Research links COVID-19 in pregnancy with stillbirths

Pregnant women with COVID-19 face increased chances for stillbirths compared with uninfected women, and that risk spiked to four times higher after the delta variant emerged, new government data show.
Nation
November 19, 2021

New Hampshire takes vaccine cash after months of protests

New Hampshire lawmakers accepted $22.5 million in federal COVID-19 vaccine funding Friday that has sparked intense debate and angry protests for the last two months.
Coronavirus
November 18, 2021
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Tim Walz elbow bumped after receiving their COVID-19 booster vaccines last month at Cub Foods in Minneapolis.

Minnesota set to jump ahead of feds on boosters for all adults

Minnesota has nation's second-highest new coronavirus infection rate while lower testing means South Dakota has nation's highest positivity rate.
November 17, 2021

U.S. overdose deaths top 100,000 in one year

They accelerated dramatically in the past two years — jumping nearly 30% jump in the last year alone, according to the latest data.
Coronavirus
November 17, 2021
Minnesota hospitals were caring for 1,382 COVID-19 patients, including 320 in intensive care, on Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Hea

Minn. hospitals get federal help to address staff shortages

HCMC and St. Cloud Hospital each will receive 22 emergency medical workers from the Department of Defense. Cerenity Senior Care-Marian in St. Paul will become the third long-term care facility in the state to open its beds to hospitalized patients.
Politics
November 17, 2021
Sen. Amy Klobuchar reported good news from her six-month post-cancer exam.

Klobuchar says post-cancer exam shows 'everything was clear'

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment earlier this year.
Local
November 16, 2021
This July 25, 2018 photo shows a vial of the drug ketamine in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Watchdog group calls on FDA to disqualify HCMC doctors from clinical research

Public Citizen points to Hennepin Healthcare's "egregious violations" and says it failed to protect people enrolled in controversial sedative research.
Coronavirus
November 16, 2021
As of last week, 85% of Hennepin County employees had been vaccinated.

Hennepin County will require vaccinations for COVID-19

The County Board unanimously approved the measure, which was necessary to receive specific medical federal funding. The county previously allowed shots or testing.
Business
November 16, 2021
Laura Lewis, left, an environmental engineer, and Kenzie Kester, a geologist, both of whom work for AECOM, an environmental remediation business doing

MPCA to ask hundreds of businesses to begin monitoring for PFAS

The voluntary monitoring, which will focus not only on finding and reducing contamination in rivers and lakes, but also identifying sources of air, soil and groundwater pollution, would begin this winter.
Coronavirus
November 16, 2021
Minnesota is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccine booster access to all adults this week, with or without federal backing.

Minnesota set to clear boosters for all adults as deaths top 9,000

Death toll in pandemic rises above 9,000 in Minnesota amid latest wave of infections.
Business
November 16, 2021
Several entities partnered with the Minneapolis Health Department to host a free walk-up/drive through COVID-19 testing event at the Abubakar As-Saddi

Pandemic drove less care, fewer medical bills for Minnesota patients in 2020

Total cost of care on a per-person basis slipped by 2.5%, the first year-over-year decline tracked by the annual report.