By every measure the state uses, we are seeing a second surge. In 85 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, there is too much Covid for schools to have full in-person classes. The number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths are the highest since June. And cold weather increases the risk of transmission as activities move indoors.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced an expansion of the state’s saliva testing program, which he says will significantly increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity, help reduce community spread, and offer more options for those who want a free test.
On October 5th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its webpage to acknowledge that, yes, people can become infected with COVID through airborne transmission, particularly in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
Today on the show, Host Leah Lemm looks at how schools are supporting their students under seemingly constantly changing conditions, especially given how internet access has been crucial for distance education for learners and educators of all ages.
The Minnesota Department of Health is further easing restrictions on long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 17, long-term care facilities will be able to allow indoor visits, as long as the facility hasn’t had a COVID-19 case in the prior two weeks … also, the positivity rate in the county the facility is in has to be under 10%.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz convened the fifth special session of the year where he extended the state’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency.
According to Walz, the 30-day extension into November is needed to ensure the state can continue to react quickly and effectively to the pandemic.
Minnesota has officially entered the fall season. Already doctors, clinics and hospitals are preparing for an increase in COVID cases, brought on by the change in weather. They’re working with manufacturers to stock up on necessary equipment and supplies.
A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic.
This week the Governor answered questions about interstate government relations, restaurant capacities and more
If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-562-9895.
This week on the Minnesota Native News Health Report, the number of Covid- 19 cases in Minnesota now tops 100 thousand.
The virus is outpacing the state’s ability to track – let alone control it.
But public health officials are determined to do what they can. One of those mostly rural areas is Beltrami County. That’s where most of Red Lake Nation is. Reporter Laurie Stern talked with Tribal Secretary Sam Strong about how Covid 19’s spread is affecting his community.