COVID-19

Walz’s surprising but important ally in COVID fight: Republican lawmakers

BY: - March 30, 2020

Rush Limbaugh questioned the credentials and expertise of federal health officials Friday, even suggesting they are part of “the deep state” of government bureaucrats — which red-hatted partisans of President Donald Trump say is intent on undermining the 45th president. Limbaugh’s comments follow a broader pattern among some Republican elected officials and talking heads of […]

Minnesota lawmakers approve $330 million COVID-19 package on eve of stay-home order

BY: - March 26, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers gathered under extraordinary conditions Thursday to swiftly approve a $330 million COVID-19 emergency response package, a day before the state’s 5.6 million residents prepared for a two-week stay home order. The pandemic, which has now claimed two lives in Minnesota while another 346 Minnesotans tested positive as of Thursday, has radically altered how […]

Your questions on the Minnesota stay-at-home order answered

BY: , and - March 25, 2020

Why again are we doing this? Gov. Tim Walz warned that if the state did nothing to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections, Minnesota’s death toll could rise to 74,000. The stay-at-home order is intended to buy Minnesota health officials time to build its intensive-care treatment capacity and ramp up testing.   I’m running low on […]

Minnesotans ordered to stay home until April 10; Walz extends closure of dine-in restaurants, bars until May 1

BY: - March 25, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday ordered Minnesotans to stay home for two weeks except for essential activities and outdoor exercise starting Friday night at midnight. Walz is following the lead of other governors who have issued similar orders in states like Illinois, New York and Wisconsin. He used Facebook Live to walk through the underlying […]

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Minnesota gets an “A” in social distancing

BY: - March 25, 2020

Minnesotans are above-average in social distancing, according to smart phone surveillance data you probably didn’t know you were giving away. The company Unacast, which analyzes phone GPS data, launched a “Social Distancing Scoreboard” this week that shows how much people have reduced their typical travel as state and local governments have taken drastic action to […]

COMMENTARY

A nurse writes about the calm before the COVID-19 storm

BY: - March 25, 2020

My name is Emily Allen and I am a registered nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.  I currently work on the intensive care unit as a bedside care nurse and also as a charge nurse for our 24 bed unit.  Being a nurse was not always what I wanted. After two years of […]

Daily COVID-19 tracker: Confirmed cases, testing, layoffs

BY: - March 25, 2020

Minnesota reported 31,296 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on June 17. More than 3,600 patients have been hospitalized, and 27,404 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To date, 1,325 people have died, most of them residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Because of limited […]

Nearly 150,000 jobless claims filed since March 16, most from women and food service workers

BY: - March 24, 2020

Minnesota received nearly 150,000 jobless claims during a week-long period ending Monday, with a large bulk coming from women and food service workers.  Steve Grove, the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the agency received 149,443 unemployment insurance claims. A large majority came from first-time applicants whose jobs have been cut […]

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota health officials push critical information to non-English speakers

BY: - March 23, 2020

Abdi Mahamud looked all the part of a news anchor on a recent Saturday as he rehearsed his lines from a teleprompter in a St. Paul studio. Mahamud is a Somali interpreter, and though he doesn’t have a background in media, he’s playing a key role providing accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic while also […]

Gov. Walz says he isn’t ready to issue a shelter-in-place order yet

BY: - March 23, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is not yet prepared to join his counterparts in states like Ohio, Michigan and California who have issued shelter-in-place orders, but he said Monday such an order here would likely have to span at least several weeks to be effective. Walz, who has already taken steps like closing dine-in services at […]

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Gov. Walz suspends evictions as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

BY: - March 23, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered a statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the peacetime emergency to help curb the spread of COVID-19. “We’re asking people to stay home as much as possible,” Walz said during a news conference. “We can’t make this work (if we) have people on the streets. It would […]

Sen. Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized; Walz exposed; Flanagan’s brother dies from COVID-19

BY: - March 23, 2020

The coronavirus has reached the highest levels of the Minnesota government, afflicting the families of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.  Klobuchar announced that her husband, John, received a positive test result for COVID-19 Monday and has been hospitalized in Virginia.  In a statement posted on Medium, she shared that […]