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Minnesota Launches At-Home Saliva Testing for COVID-19 in Select Counties

Minnesota Launches At-Home Saliva Testing for COVID-19 in Select Counties













October 22nd, the Minnesota Department of Health rolled out the pilot program for its COVID-19 Test at Home Saliva Program. Because it’s in the pilot phase, it is currently only available in two dozen counties and tribal nations.

Minnesota Launches At-Home Saliva Testing for COVID-19 in Select Counties

Minnesota Launches At-Home Saliva Testing for COVID-19 in Select Counties

October 22nd, the Minnesota Department of Health rolled out the pilot program for its COVID-19 Test at Home Saliva Program. Because it’s in the pilot phase, it is currently only available in two dozen counties and tribal nations.


Surge Capacity

Surge Capacity

What’s your surge capacity, your ability to cope with and adapt to this pandemic’s sweeping transformation of everyday life, your everyday life?


Will Fast-Tracked Vaccines Be Safe?

Will Fast-Tracked Vaccines Be Safe?

There are now four COVID vaccines in the advanced stages of trials. It’s still too early to say when a vaccine will be available. But already the subject is generating a lot of questions.


Individual Efforts Critical for Minnesota’s Collective Well-Being in Coming Months

Individual Efforts Critical for Minnesota’s Collective Well-Being in Coming Months

For months now, public health officials have been repeating the same messages: wear masks, socially distance, sanitize hands and surfaces. But at an October 21st health briefing, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm looked back to the Greatest Generation, which united to overcome economic depression and world war, to talk about a mindset to help us during COVID.


Minnesota Navigates New Phase of Pandemic with Record High Case Numbers

Minnesota Navigates New Phase of Pandemic with Record High Case Numbers

Eight months into the pandemic, Minnesota is navigating a new phase of COVID-19, reporting record high daily case totals. If cases continue to rise, Minnesota could experience what’s been happening elsewhere with hospitals running out of beds and out of staff to tend to COVID patients—on top of heart attack, cancer and accident patients.


Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: How the Beaver Got His Tail

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: How the Beaver Got His Tail

This week on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we learn the story of “amik” the beaver. In the Anishinaabe way, they say to wait until the snow is on the ground before telling stories. With the snow here to stay Nana Boozhoo tells the story of how the beaver got his tail.


The CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact” for COVID Risk

The CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact” for COVID Risk

The CDC had said that for individuals to get infected they need to be in contact for, on average, 15 minutes within six feet of someone who is positive for COVID. That’s because experts believe that people need to be exposed to a certain level of virus—a so-called “infectious dose” of virus—before they’re infected.


Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – October 23rd – Lt Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – October 23rd – 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.

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.


Concern Grows for Greater Minnesota

Concern Grows for Greater Minnesota

The predicted fall surge of virus is upon us. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are way up this week, with a positivity rate of more than six percent. And the virus is spreading faster in greater Minnesota than the Twin Cities metro.


Minnesota Health Officials Hope Mail-In Saliva Tests Help Reach Areas Without Testing Site Access

Minnesota Health Officials Hope Mail-In Saliva Tests Help Reach Areas Without Testing Site Access

In late September, the state began opening saliva test clinics in Greater Minnesota and the metro. More clinics are being added over the next weeks.
Still, some Minnesotans do not have access to a testing site. A new initiative, available in November, will try to fill the gap with mail-in test kits.


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