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Hennepin County moves 130 homeless people into hotels for COVID-19 protection

BY: - March 21, 2020

One hundred thirty people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County have voluntarily moved into separate living quarters in hotels just four days after the county board unanimously approved spending $3 million on isolation and quarantine spaces. So far, the county has contracts with two area hotels and is working on securing more spaces as the need […]

Minnesota sees first death from COVID-19

BY: - March 21, 2020

A Ramsey County resident in their 80s is the first known person with COVID-19 to have died in Minnesota, the Department of Health reported Saturday. The person died on March 19 and had contact with a family member who had previously tested positive and had a history of international travel. “Gwen and I extend our deepest […]

Walz considering allowing restaurants, bars sell alcohol with takeout food orders

BY: - March 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday provided a glimmer of hope to restaurant owners struggling with the closure of dine-in options, saying he’s considering allowing the sale of alcohol for takeout orders.  “There’s a very strong online presence to ask me that,” he said. “We’re looking at trying. Every suggestion is being brought up and I […]

Spread the word: Here are resources to help you through COVID-19

BY: - March 20, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and worldwide has disrupted daily life from work to school and travel. The Reformer has compiled a list of resources available for Minnesotans as they adjust to live during the pandemic.  We’ll update this list as we learn more. If you have ideas for us, contact [email protected] Employment  Information […]

Walz announces YMCA child care program; MNSure open enrollment

BY: - March 20, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz announced a pair of initiatives on Friday aimed at alleviating health insurance coverage needs, as well as addressing child care concerns for front-line workers laboring to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, March 23, uninsured Minnesotans can enroll for health insurance through MNSure.org for a 30-day period ending April 21. […]

U.S. Department of Education says states can skip standardized tests

BY: - March 20, 2020

As schools across the country cancel classes and move instruction online, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that states will be able to bypass standardized testing.  States can request a waiver to skip standardized testing for this academic year, according to a news release. The move comes after Michigan state officials urged DeVos […]

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Who can cancel evictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

BY: - March 20, 2020

Cities and states across the country, including Minnesota, have temporarily halted evictions as health officials urge people to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the short term, judges in Minnesota have stopped hearing new eviction cases, except for those involving domestic abuse or personal safety. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea […]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reach 115

BY: - March 20, 2020

One-hundred-fifteen people in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, the state announced Friday, up from 89 the day before. A total of 3,856 people have been tested, an increase of 818 tests — about 26% — from Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials say the number of confirmed cases is likely an […]

The COVID-19 pandemic could be ‘devastating’ in rural areas

BY: - March 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is not hitting greater Minnesota as early or as hard as the metro yet, but rural health care systems may be ill-equipped to deal with the outbreak, with fewer health care workers and hospital beds than cities. One-third of Minnesota counties — all of them rural — have fewer than about 25 […]

Minnesota now has 89 confirmed COVID-19 cases

BY: - March 19, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 in Minnesota has reached 89, the state announced Thursday, up from 77 the day before. A total of 3,038 people have been tested, an increase of 276 tests, about 9%, from Wednesday according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials said the number of confirmed cases is likely an undercount […]

Senate Republicans signal decreasing tolerance for Walz executive orders.

BY: - March 19, 2020

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, signalled that his GOP caucus is running out of patience with Gov. Tim Walz’s continued use of executive orders to manage the COVID-19 crisis.  “While we understand the necessity of Gov. Walz to lead in this time of crisis, that leadership should not be unilateral and […]

Analysis: Partisanship, geographic divide could hinder COVID-19 response

BY: - March 19, 2020

America’s editorial writers, centrist pundits and think tank talkers have long decried the loss of civic trust in American institutions like government and the press, as well as the polarization that drives our politics today.  Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam wrote an entire book about the decline of civic engagement and took it as a given […]