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Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan



This week the conversation covered the disaparities in communities of color, testing of hotspots, and large gatherings this summer.

Governor Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency As Pandemic Continues

Governor Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency As Pandemic Continues

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order again extending the state’s peacetime emergency, this time through September 11.

Walz says the decision was made following advice from public health experts and advocates for the elderly, as well as labor and medical providers.

The peacetime emergency gives the governor power to issue executive orders and regulate businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also protects residents against evictions and wage garnishment.


Study Links Vaping to Higher Covid19 Risk in Teens and Young Adults

Study Links Vaping to Higher Covid19 Risk in Teens and Young Adults

The study was published by the Stanford University School of Medicine.
It found that among teens and young adults who were tested for COVID, those who had used e-cigarettes were five to seven times more likely to be infected with the virus than non-users.


Supporting New Moms Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding During the Pandemic

Supporting New Moms Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding During the Pandemic

Host Leah Lemm explores how Indian Country in MN is responding and adapting to the current pandemic health crisis.

On this show, Host Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) continues her look at how parents of very young children and specifically how new moms are facing the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic


Health Officials Loosen Guidelines for Visits in Some Long-Term Care Facilities

Health Officials Loosen Guidelines for Visits in Some Long-Term Care Facilities

The Minnesota Department of Health announced “cautious steps” being made in further loosening some long-term care visitation restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will allow for controlled visits from family and friends at low-risk long-term care facilities later this month.


From the Front Lines: Traveling Nurse and COVID Responder Ashley Hudson

From the Front Lines: Traveling Nurse and COVID Responder Ashley Hudson

Ashley Hudson worked as a COVID responder in New York City this spring and is Miami now. Approach and care in terms of dealing with the virus are changing. Hudson spoke on the morning show about her work and what she and other medical professionals have learned along the way.


Vladimir Garrido Uses Pandemic Time to Create New Musical Syntheses

Vladimir Garrido Uses Pandemic Time to Create New Musical Syntheses

Vladimir Garrido is steeped in the folk music of the Andes Mountains. But using the time afforded by Covid-19 times, Vladimir has been busy with new projects, including a CD with a more modernistic approach and a podcast. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Vladimir talked about how he got involved in music in his native Chile.


MN Offers Housing Assistance and Supplemental Food Help During Pandemic

MN Offers Housing Assistance and Supplemental Food Help During Pandemic

With the additional $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit now expired Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are highlighting state benefits and assistance programs for Minnesotans falling on hard times during the pandemic.


Schools Must Consider Multiple Factors Before Re-Opening

Schools Must Consider Multiple Factors Before Re-Opening

School districts around the state are sorting through the Governor’s “safe learning plan” and checking the COVID cases within their own counties to determine whether their schools will begin with in-person classes, distance learning, or a combination approach. But state officials say the decision is more complicated than just looking at county case numbers.


Health Officials Worry about Sturgis Motorcyle Rally

Health Officials Worry about Sturgis Motorcyle Rally

This week on the Minnesota Native News Health Report surges in Northern Minnesota, worries about Sturgiss, and warnings about scams. I’m Marie Rock.
The small town of Sturgis South Dakota will be full of motorcycle enthusiasts this week, and that worries public health officials. Reporter Laurie Stern has more.


Statewide Conversation on COVID19 August 7th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 August 7th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It is a time for all of us to learn about the State of Minnesota’s response to this COVID-19 pandemic.

This week the Lt Governor answered questions about the upcoming school year, large gatherings, unemployment and more.

In part of the conversation, Lieutenatnt Governor talked about the importance of not JUST cloth masks to keep the pandemic at bay, but that social or physical distancing is equally as important.

Dr. Michael Osterholm from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota says “face coverings are one tool to fight the pandemic, but they alone will not end it. And we need to underscore the key role that physical distancing plays – even WHEN you wear your face covering.”

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.


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