COVID-19

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis creates $5 million COVID-19 relief fund available to undocumented residents

BY: - April 3, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday he will use his emergency powers to create a $5 million forgivable loan program to help renters and small businesses affected by the economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19. Unlike federal and state relief packages, families will be eligible for assistance regardless of their immigration or documentation status […]

Minneapolis closes all beaches and pools for the summer

BY: - April 3, 2020

All Minneapolis public beaches and pools will be closed for the entire summer in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Restrooms and drinking fountains will also be closed, but public parks, athletic fields, dog parks and playgrounds will remain open. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the closure Thursday night, saying it […]

Minnesota undocumented population fears being overlooked in COVID-19 response

BY: - April 3, 2020

Minnesota’s population of nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants — mostly Latino and from Mexico and Central America — is anxiously bracing for the economic and health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As Minnesotans hunker down under Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-home order, this population of Minnesotans is grappling with fears about how they will survive a public […]

Congress preps for another round of coronavirus relief; infrastructure may be next

BY: - April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress is gearing up for additional COVID-19 response legislation that aims to build on the first three relief packages. The next bill could include huge infrastructure projects, and U.S. House Democrats are pushing to include some of their top priorities that were sliced off the sweeping $2 trillion bill during negotiations with Senate […]

Attorney General Keith Ellison to Trump Administration: Quit it with regulatory rollbacks during pandemic

BY: - April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting that the […]

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State lawmakers propose $100M renter bailout as unemployment soars

BY: - April 1, 2020

Rent is due today for the first time since more than 270,000 Minnesotans lost their jobs because of COVID-19, many of them in low-paying restaurant and retail jobs. Unemployment insurance only covers a fraction of people’s previous earnings, which puts the 44% of renters who already pay more than they can afford on housing in […]

What we know — and don’t know — about possible coronavirus treatments promoted by Trump

BY: - March 31, 2020

President Donald Trump’s excitement about decades-old anti-malarial drugs to treat COVID-19 has touched off widespread interest in the medications, hoarding by some doctors, new clinical trials on the fly and desperation among patients who take them for other conditions. Many experts say there isn’t enough evidence that the drugs work for the coronavirus, but at […]

More than 150,000 Minnesota households don’t have broadband access

BY: - March 31, 2020

More than 150,000 Minnesota households don’t have access to high-speed broadband internet, a longstanding disparity that experts say is even more troubling now that residents are asked to stay home from work and school. Temporary fixes like public hotspots and free internet service from certain providers during the COVID-19 outbreak have helped some Minnesotans get online, […]

Sleep Number stores are ‘essential’; furniture stores are not

BY: - March 31, 2020

Sleep Number stores across Minnesota will remain open during the stay-at-home period aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 even as furniture stores have been forced to close. That’s because the Minneapolis-based mattress seller is not a furniture store, it’s a “sleep store with solutions for improved health and well-being,” according to a spokeswoman for […]

Gazelka criticizes state hotline asking Minnesotans to report violations of stay-home order

BY: - March 31, 2020

Minnesota’s top elected Republican said Tuesday he wants Gov. Tim Walz to take down a COVID-19 hotline, which he said is a way for neighbors to tattle on each other for violating the stay-home order. “Please take this hotline down @GovTimWalz,” Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, said on Twitter. “It’s not necessary […]

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Construction workers have plenty of PPE, even after donations to health care workers

BY: - March 31, 2020

Minnesota’s director of infectious disease said recently that the biggest challenge for frontline health care workers is a lack of personal protective equipment like face masks and goggles. Some health care workers are now using hand-sewn masks or washing and reusing N95 masks. The construction industry, which relies on much of the same equipment, has […]

COVID-19 could make it harder for census to count the already undercounted

BY: - March 30, 2020

Minnesota officials fear COVID-19 restrictions could pose a challenge reaching already undercounted populations for the decennial census.  Counting every single Minnesotan has major ramifications for the state and its counties, cities and townships. Federal and state aid are often apportioned based on a population-based formula. And, Minnesota is already on the verge of losing a […]