Coronavirus

Minnesota reports 779 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - July 31, 2020

More than 54,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,600 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 779 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,024,916 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 312 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 151 of them in intensive care units. […]

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Congress: Extend unemployment benefits, or you might lose your job

BY: - July 23, 2020

I’m unemployed. I’ve been a journalist for three decades now, starting in the summer of 1989, when I did a summer internship at the Bismarck Tribune. How could I have known when I left a full-time job last year — after my spiraling-out-of-control arthritis rendered me scarcely able to walk some days — that I […]

Minnesota reports 315 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths

BY: - June 29, 2020

More than 35,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,435 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 315 new cases and 10 deaths. Approximately 592,955 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,522 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 278 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota reports 245 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

BY: - June 23, 2020

More than 33,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,393 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 245 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 520,045 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,261 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 339 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

COVID-19 heightens fears about child hunger over summer break

BY: - June 9, 2020

Schools across the state saw their meal counts plummet this spring despite their efforts to make free meals accessible to families — amplifying concerns about child hunger amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Child hunger usually increases over the summer when school meals are harder to come by, and advocates fear even more families will face food […]

Mayor Frey pledges ‘all-out effort’ to restore peace in Mpls., urges calm

BY: - May 28, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey pledged an “all-out effort” to restore peace and urged the community to remain calm Thursday morning after peaceful demonstrations against police for the killing of George Floyd turned to looting, riots and fires overnight. Frey said he hoped Minneapolis would look back at today as a “a time where we picked […]

Minnesota reports 510 new COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths

BY: - May 27, 2020

More than 22,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 932 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 510 new cases and 33 deaths. More than 6,600 tests were completed between Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 216,532 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 22,464 people who have […]

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Baby gets medicine

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that public health spending is a smart investment

BY: - May 27, 2020

As a country we have woefully underinvested in public health. This was true in 1960 and it is true today. We spend 0.45% of gross domestic product on public health, or $93 billion. We spend more than nine times that amount on national defense, 4% of GDP — $850 billion.  Instead of investing additional money […]

Minnesota reports 652 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

BY: - May 26, 2020

More than 21,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 899 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Tuesday include 652 new cases and 18 deaths. More than 5,800 tests were completed between Sunday and Monday. Approximately 209,898 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 21,960 people who have […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate tops 8%

BY: - May 21, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate rose to just over 8% in April, up from 2.9% the month before, as workers face sweeping job cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That means 249,453 Minnesotans were jobless in April, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new figures are the first look […]

Minnesota reports 32 more COVID-19 deaths, a new single-day high

BY: - May 21, 2020

Minnesota reported 32 deaths from COVID-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday — the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 809 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. […]

Outdoor dining allowed starting June 1 in Minnesota; salons to reopen with limitations

BY: - May 21, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced Minnesota restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor dining starting June 1, Wednesday. Salons and barber shops will also be able to resume business at limited capacity, as part of Walz’s plan to gradually ease the restrictions implemented as part of the state’s COVID-19 response. All businesses will have to […]