Health

  Waseca vaccine appointments available this week

Those eligible can schedule an appointment to receive their vaccine on Thursday, March 11th.

  Minnesotans begin receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine

MDH: 14 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 949 new cases

  Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month draws awareness to illness prevention

MDH: four additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 443 new cases

  Mayo Clinic Health System offers tips on coping with fear of needles amid COVID-19 vaccines

  Red Cross calls for blood donors amid identified need

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MDH: three additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 636 new cases

  Inflammation, rheumatologic disorders and heart health

MDH: 12 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,156 new cases

  Mankato Area Public Schools students return to the classroom

MDH: seven additional death tied to COVID-19, 785 new confirmed positive cases

  Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca to undergo changes

MDH: nine additional death tied to COVID-19, 602 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports nine additional death tied to COVID-19, and 602 new confirmed positive cases.

  COVID-19 vaccine distribution sees increase statewide

COVID-19 vaccine distributions are seeing an uptick across the state.

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, every patient is different, especially if you're pregnant.

  Nicollet County daycares taking precautions against COVID-19

Nicollet County is weighing in on how area daycares are taking precautions, such as masking and quarantining, to protect young ones from COVID-19.

MDH: one additional death tied to COVID-19, 513 new cases

  MDH: one additional death tied to COVID-19, 561 new cases

  Senator Klobuchar, Allina Health warn of vaccine misinformation

  Thousands of vaccines take detour on way to Minnesota

  Risk of frostbite amid cold temperatures

  American Heart Month: How pregnancy affects heart health

State officials issue air quality alert lasting through weekend

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the alert will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and last through 12 p.m. Sunday.

  More than one million COVID vaccines administered in Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz calling this a ‘milestone day’ as Minnesotans have now received more than one million doses of coronavirus vaccine.

  MRCI seeks new hires to expand day services program

MRCI day services help people with disabilities integrate into the community.

  Mankato teen recovering from rare COVID-19 complication

Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is a rare diagnosis that has killed 30 U.S. children in the past year. Globally, there are just over 2,000 recorded cases of MIS-C, around 50 in Minnesota.

MDH: 14 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 928 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 14 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 928 new cases.

  Walz gives OK for middle, high schools to fully reopen

Beginning Monday, all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning.

Minnesota expected to reach one million COVID-19 vaccinations

Minnesota is expected to pass a milestone this week by administering its one-millionth dose of coronavirus vaccine.

  Open Door Health Center creates program to aid older generation

Open Door’s motto is to give a voice to people who are afraid to use their own, but they aren’t alone in giving help to people who have been swept up by the pandemic.

  How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected children’s mental health

While many adults are feeling the pressure of a modified day-to-day schedule, children are also feeling impacted by their new normal.

  MDH: two additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 456 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports two additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 456 new cases.

  Female breast cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide

New findings from the American Cancer Society show female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide.

  North Mankato couple celebrates 64th Valentine’s Day together after defeating COVID-19

86-year-old Mankato natives, the Kiffes say they’ve had their fair share of challenges, but their love for each other helped them get through it all, including simultaneous coronavirus diagnoses.

  More than 96% of Minnesota school districts COVID-19 testing program

More than one month after Minnesota launched its first-in-the-nation COVID-19 testing program for educators, nearly all of the state’s school districts are participating.

MDH: 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,058 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,058 new cases.

Capacity restrictions eased on some Minnesota businesses

Starting Saturday, restaurants can stay open until 11 p.m. The state is also increasing the 'not to exceed capacity' in restaurants, indoor entertainment venues, gyms and pools to 250 people

Mayo to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Mankato

Mayo Clinic says its patients will receive a message online once they are eligible to receive a vaccine.

  Local students band together to fight mental health

Local health experts will be there to give students coping mechanisms and try to take the load off of America’s youth.

More than 599,000 Minnesotans receive one dose of COVID vaccine, over 177,000 fully vaccinated

More than 599,000 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Around 177,000 people are fully vaccinated. The Minnesota Department of Health also reports 24 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 907 new cases.

  Survey raises concern about student mental health

A group of Minnesota parents is voicing concerns about how their children have been impacted by changes in learning models.

  Minnesota agencies roll out plan to tackle ‘forever chemicals’

"PFAS" found in Minnesota waters have been linked to health conditions.

MDH: 11 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 677 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 11 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 677 new cases.

  Four suicide prevention call centers open

Governor Tim Walz announces the opening of four new suicide prevention call centers in Minnesota.

  Mayo Clinic discovers possible link between COVID-19 infections, new diabetes cases

The Mayo Clinic has discovered a potential link between severe COVID-19 infections and new cases of diabetes.

  More than 556,000 Minnesotans recieve one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, over 158,000 fully vaccinated

So far more than 556,000 Minnesotans, or about 10 percent of the state’s population, have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine

MDH: three additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 564 new cases

So far, more than 554,000 Minnesotans have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 156,000 fully vaccinated. Also, state health officials report three additional deaths tied to the virus and 564 new cases.

  Physical fitness is key to a healthy heart

February is American Heart Month and local doctors are stressing the importance of fitness in maintaining your heart health.

Mayo Clinic weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Mayo says while some people feel just fine after their vaccine, experiencing reactions is completely normal.

  MSU prepares for potential surge in COVID-19 cases following spring break

With spring break approaching, colleges are taking precautions to minimize the potential for a travel-related COVID-19 surge upon the students’ return to campus.

  American Heart Month raises awareness about cardiovascular health

The movement encourages people to take action through the month of February, known as American Heart Month, to raise awareness about heart disease.

  New CPR training facility coming to Mankato

HeartCert offers CPR, first aid and CNA training courses.

  Mankato Brewery preparing for give a pint get a pint blood drive

Mankato Brewery wanted to come up with a way to give back to the Red Cross and the people who are donating as well.

  Hy-Vee focuses on heart health for February

February is heart month and Hy-Vee is placing an extra emphasis on heart health.

  MDH: 17 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,410 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 17 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,410 new cases.

  MNsure will open 3-month special enrollment period Feb. 16

The announcement follows a nationwide special enrollment period ordered by President Joe Biden last week for states that participate in the federal exchange.

  In-home caregiving job opportunities grow amid pandemic

Locally, jobs are available in this industry as senior care needs grows.

  Minnesota has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts; health officials report 633 new cases, eight deaths tied to virus

Minnesota has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, administering two times the number of shots given per day on average compared to just last week. The Minnesota Department of Health reports eight deaths tied to COVID-19, and 663 new cases.

  More than 35,000 vaccine doses available to seniors

Minnesota is shifting gears in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout this week, offering more doses to seniors.

  Mayo Clinic Health System launches Know Your Numbers Heart Health Challenge

Mayo Clinic Health System is inviting the public to take part in a free, month long virtual challenge to learn more about their heart numbers and improve their personal health.

Minnesotans received emails canceling COVID vaccine in error

State health officials say nearly everyone who got the erroneous message has been notified that their appointments are indeed confirmed.

  Registration open for MSU Mankato’s ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Dental Education is now taking appointments for its ‘Give Kids A Smile’ event next week.

  Minnesota gets mixed grades on tobacco report card

The American Lung Association released its annual report that grades states on tobacco use prevention.

  DEED hosts health care roundtable

DEED host round table with educators, health care employers and more to discuss health care and employment going forward.

  MDH begins notifying seniors chosen through lottery; over 375,000 people vaccinated for COVID-19 so far

State health officials are starting to notify Minnesotans 65 and older who’ve been randomly chosen to receive the COVID vaccine this week. More than 375 thousand people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 statewide.

  Opioid overdoses and life saving drug naloxone

The CDC reports that 2020 was the deadliest year for opioid deaths in U.S. history.

  Mayo Clinic, Minnesota State University, Mankato team up

This will not only help the Minnesota State students, but the Mayo Clinic staff as well.

  MDH: eight additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 727 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports eight additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 727 new cases.

  Mayo Clinic Health System awards grants to area organizations

The Southwest Region was able to give $20,000 to organizations in the area.

  Medication Mistakes: They can be a matter of life or death

Common errors include prescribers mixing up similar sounding prescription names, pharmacists giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient and patients misunderstanding dosing instructions.

  MDH: three additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 794 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports three additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 794 new cases.

  Gov. Tim Walz announces changes to vaccinations as pilot program enters second week

As the second week of the COVID-19 pilot program gets underway, Governor Tim Walz announces some changes to vaccination efforts for those 65 and older.

Mayo Clinic Health System awards grants to area organizations

The Southwest Region was able to give $20,000 to organizations in the area.

  Mayo Clinic weighs in on mental health struggles during pandemic

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, the loneliness associated with isolation and recent political uprisings, Mayo said many Americans are struggling with their mental health now more than ever.

  More than 260,000 Minnesotans vaccinated for COVID-19

State health officials report more than 260,000 Minnesotans have been vaccinated for COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 21 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,525 new cases.

  Minnesota pharmacies request to be part of COVID vaccine rollout

Minnesota pharmacies are requesting the state to include them in the COVID vaccine rollout as the demand for a shot among seniors far outpaces the state’s supply.

  Minnesota surpasses 6,000 total deaths tied to COVID-19

Minnesota has now seen more than 6,000 deaths tied to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

  200,000 people vaccinated for COVID-19 in Minnesota

Minnesota state health officials report 200,000 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 statewide. The Minnesota Department of Health also reports six additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 922 new confirmed positive cases.

  ‘A Divine Intervention’: Waseca woman finds kidney donor locally after 7 years on dialysis

A Waseca mother has a new lease on life after seven years of waiting for an organ donation. Now, she and the donor are sharing their story in the hope that others will consider the life-saving effort.

  MDH: 33 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,640 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 33 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,640 new confirmed positive cases.