COVID-19

70-year-old nurse leaves retirement to work in nursing home’s COVID-19 ward

BY: - January 27, 2022

After working for nearly 50 years as a nurse, Cindy Roden was ready to enjoy retirement after leaving her job last March at a nursing home in Aitkin. She had the summer and fall to spend gardening and fishing with her grandkids in the lake just outside her house. Then she got a call from […]

Restaurants sue Minneapolis over requirement that customers have COVID-19 vaccine or negative test

BY: - January 21, 2022

Seven businesses filed suit against the city of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday over a new rule requiring customers to show proof they have received a full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or tested negative for the virus within 72 hours before entering bars and restaurants. The rule went into effect on Wednesday […]

COMMENTARY

Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives | Opinion

BY: - January 21, 2022

Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in November of 2020, less […]

Minnesota sues COVID-19 testing companies, alleging deceptive practices

BY: - January 19, 2022

The state of Minnesota is suing two Illinois-based COVID-19 testing companies for deceptive practices after they allegedly failed to provide accurate test results — or any results at all, in some cases. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office received numerous complaints that the Center for Covid Control and Doctors Clinical Laboratory provided falsified test results, sent results […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: - January 19, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

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UMN to implement vaccine-or-test mandate for large events

BY: - January 14, 2022

People who attend large indoor events on any University of Minnesota campus between Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test, U President Joan Gabel announced Friday. The move comes as the omicron variant sickens record numbers of Minnesotans and follows an announcement by the […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul will require proof of vaccination or COVID test to enter restaurants

BY: - January 12, 2022

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced on Wednesday that people will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to enter restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation. The requirement takes effect Jan. 19. It comes just a week after the two cities reinstated mask mandates […]

Overrun Minnesota hospitals to receive $40 million in federal aid to boost staffing levels

BY: - January 12, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday he will direct $40 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to beleaguered Minnesota hospitals to help them temporarily hire close to 350 healthcare workers for the next two months. The move comes as hospitals are being whipsawed by one of the worst surges in COVID-19 infections since the start […]

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$200 gift cards coming for vaccinated Minnesota kids

BY: - January 12, 2022

Minnesota families who get their children vaccinated in January and February will be eligible to receive a $200 VISA gift card, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Tuesday. To receive the money, families must get first and second shots for their 5- to 11-year-olds between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. The state hopes the cash incentive […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]