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COVID-19/ Coronavirus Resources & Reporting from AMPERS stations across the state of Minnesota. Additional segments and shows can be found at our Pandemic Programming page.
A collection of Ampers network stations' coverage of the COVID19 pandemic

Help Finding COVID Vaccines for Young Children and Infants

This week on Minnesota Native News Health Report, reporter Emma Needham talks with an M.D. about recommendations for COVID vaccines for our littlest relatives, and provides additional information on vaccine availability.

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – Kris Ehresmann, Director, MDH Infectious Disease

KAXE/KBXE’s Heidi Holtan hosts a weekly statewide conversation with Minnesota State Officials. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the Minnesota Department of Health Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division,

For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19 visit the Minnesota State’s Website.

If you’d like to ask the Lieutenant Governor or other state officials a question email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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