No deal in sight on essential worker bonus pay

BY: - September 27, 2021

Lawmakers remain sharply divided over how to divvy up $250 million the Legislature set aside for bonus pay for essential workers, with the debate largely unchanged after weeks of public hearings and private discussions.  Democrats want to include a larger pool of workers and increase the total pie; Republicans want to keep the total the […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations spike across Minnesota

BY: - September 20, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota are nearing a record high for 2021, with 757 people hospitalized Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.  That’s nearly double the number of people hospitalized six weeks ago, and the highest total since early January this year. Of the people hospitalized Friday, 230 were in intensive care units. The […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Biden vaccine mandate will apply to 4,800 Minnesota businesses

BY: - September 10, 2021

Roughly 4,800 businesses employing 1.4 million Minnesotans will be subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced by President Joe Biden Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The mandate requires all people working for businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. The 1.4 million Minnesotans […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an […]

St. Paul to require staffers, vendors to get vaccinated or get tested weekly

BY: - September 3, 2021

The St. Paul Board of Education passed a resolution Friday requiring all staff members, contractors, vendors and visitors to be fully vaccinated or receive weekly COVID-19 testing, beginning Oct. 15. 

Minnesota reports 3,882 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

BY: - August 31, 2021

Minnesota reported 3,882 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths over the weekend, according to data released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The state’s test positivity rate has remained above 5% for most of the month as the Delta variant causes a surge in cases in Minnesota and across the country. Minnesota’s fourth wave […]

Minnesota health officials urge COVID-19 precautions with State Fair, school year ahead

BY: - August 24, 2021

Minnesota health officials on Tuesday urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t already and to heed recommendations like wearing masks regardless of vaccination status, as the state’s fourth wave of COVID-19 continues. Eighty-four of Minnesota’s 87 counties are experiencing “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission, according to the federal Centers for […]

Nearly 80,000 people signed up for Minnesota’s $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive

BY: - August 23, 2021

More than 79,000 Minnesotans signed up for a $100 reward through Minnesota’s monthlong COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Monday. The state paid for the program, which ended Monday, with federal COVID-19 relief funds. It seems to have been most popular among Minnesotans in age groups and geographic areas with lower-than-average vaccination […]

Minnesota announces more COVID-19 testing options for schools

BY: - August 17, 2021

Schools will have more COVID-19 testing options when they start the 2020-21 school year, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday. Four testing options — including rapid tests — will be available to schools for free, and students can still get tested at the state-run community testing sites and other locations, according to MDH. The state […]