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Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – October 16th – Lt Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – October 16th – Lt Gov Peggy Flanagan



A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic. This week the Lt Governor answered questions about Halloween, Saliva Testing sites, and school. If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895.

Doubling Down on Covid Testing

Doubling Down on Covid Testing

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.


Gov. Walz Announces Expansion of State’s COVID-19 Saliva Testing Capacity

Gov. Walz Announces Expansion of State’s COVID-19 Saliva Testing Capacity

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.


Yes, You Can Get COVID19 Through Airborne Transmission Says CDC

Yes, You Can Get COVID19 Through Airborne Transmission Says CDC

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.


How Leech Lake Schools Support Students Through Pandemic’s Constant Change

How Leech Lake Schools Support Students Through Pandemic’s Constant Change

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.


Health Officials Ease COVID-19 Restrictions on Long-Term Care Facilities

Health Officials Ease COVID-19 Restrictions on Long-Term Care Facilities

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%.


Governor Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency Into November As Pandemic Continues

Governor Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency Into November As Pandemic Continues

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.


Indoor Gathering & Cold, Dry Air Could Increase COVID19 Transmission

Indoor Gathering & Cold, Dry Air Could Increase COVID19 Transmission

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.


Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – Governor Tim Walz

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – Governor Tim Walz

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 covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895.


Red Lake Nation Shows How to Stay Safe

Red Lake Nation Shows How to Stay Safe

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.


New COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Bars & Restaurants, and Minnesota School Sports Events

New COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Bars & Restaurants, and Minnesota School Sports Events

COVID-19 safety guidance has been updated in Minnesota for public school indoor sports and events — and the state’s bars and restaurants.


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