Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

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  Mankato Area Public Schools students to return to in-person hybrid learning

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

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

  Survey details challenges of athlete mask mandate

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

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  Hy-Vee to begin rapid antibody testing

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

  Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

  Minnesota peacetime state of emergency extended; health officials report 1,504 additional COVID-19 cases

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

  Taylor Corporation develops scent test to detect early stages of COVID-19

The new development is called the “scent check” — it is used to discover if someone in the workplace might have lost their sense of smell, which is an early indicator of COVID.

  Language barrier plays toll on COVID-19 testing accessibility

Community members call for state funding for language interpreters, messaging outreach.

  Minnesota launches dashboard for coronavirus vaccine data

Minnesota launched a dashboard Tuesday to provide more information on the status of the state’s vaccination efforts.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  MDH releases new COVID-19 dashboard on vaccine data; 1,335 additional cases and 13 deaths reported

Minnesota has released a new COVID-19 dashboard detailing the state’s vaccine data. Also, state health officials report 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,335 new confirmed positive cases.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  College students struggle amid pandemic

A recent survey conducted by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators found that one in five students report they are constantly anxious about the pandemic.

  Iowa lawmakers open session with limited virus rules

Iowa lawmakers began their legislative session on Monday with no mask requirements, and many members opted not to wear face coverings even as rates of coronavirus infections rise in the Des Moines area and much of the state.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  COVID-19 taking toll on Los Angeles EMTs

EMTs in Los Angeles County are facing demanding shifts while helping COVID-19 patients.

  COVIDaware MN exposure notifications expand

The state’s COVIDaware MN exposure notification system expands to iPhones.

  China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

A culture of secrecy, fostered by the Chinese government, is believed to have delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the WHO and hampered early testing.

  Clinical trials underway to test COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness for children

Pfizer and Moderna have clinical trials underway to study the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in children.

  Pope’s doctor dies from COVID-19 complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor has died as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

  Wis. teacher says she caught COVID-19 in classroom, leading to husband’s death

Within two weeks of her return to in-person learning, the teacher contracted COVID-19, which she then passed on to her husband and her mother. Her husband died.

  New variant of COVID-19 found in Minnesota

The variant was found in five residents from four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area.

  Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

The injections were administered at Windsor Castle, where the queen and her husband have been spending their time during the lockdown in England.

  First shipment of vaccine arrives at Mankato Public Safety

The first members of Mankato’s Public Safety team have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Court finds The Interchange in contempt of court, imposes $3K/day fine

A Freeborn County District Court has found an Albert Lea restaurant in contempt of court and has imposed a $3,000 per day fine.

  U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

The U.S. has recorded more than 4,000 daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time.

  MDH: 48 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,387 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 48 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,109 new confirmed positive cases.

  Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

  London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths

Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident,″ as the rapid spread of the virus pushed hospitals to breaking point.

  UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

So far, Britain has inoculated 5 million people with two other vaccines.

  Through shutdowns and restrictions, local restaurants get creative

On Monday, Minnesotans will be able to dine in at their favorite restaurants again. But through the pandemic, some establishments have been shaking things up to keep customers coming back.

  Restaurant owners ready to resume indoor dining

With Gov. Tim Walz’s recent announcement to reopen bars and restaurants to 50% capacity starting Monday, restaurant owners like Jenny Frank are anxious to reopen.

  Walz calls for codifying some pandemic emergency orders

The Democratic governor didn’t propose specific legislation, but he offered some bullet-point principles that he said would facilitate the eventual wind-down of the state’s peacetime state of emergency.

  US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The virus is surging in virtually every state, with California particularly hard hit.

  MDH: 44 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,714 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 44 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,714 new confirmed positive cases.

  There are new coronavirus strains: Can our vaccines stop them?

New variants of the coronavirus seem to make it more easily spread, but scientists say they haven't made the vaccine obsolete yet.

  US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.

  As COVID-19 spread trends downward, Walz loosens some restrictions

On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz announced he will loosen some COVID-19 restrictions, effective Monday.

  Indoor dining to resume in Minnesota January 11

The announcement comes as tens of thousands of Minnesotans have received their first dose of the vaccine, COVID-19 cases are down, hospital bed use is declining, and kids are heading back to the classroom.

  Mankato Clinic receives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Front line essential workers and adults over 75 are on deck to receive the coronavirus vaccine as Minnesota receives more doses. For health care workers, this is a step in the right direction.

MDH: 67 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,935 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 67 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,935 new confirmed positive cases.

  UK leader to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate the vulnerable during return to lockdown

Britain reported more than 60,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Tuesday. More than 391,000 people have tested positive in the past seven days, up 44% from the previous week.

  Hospitals struggle to keep up in COVID-19 hotspot California

Some hospitals have had to close their doors at times because they’ve become so overwhelmed, leaving ambulances waiting up to eight hours and diverting others to different emergency rooms.

  COVID-19 vaccine shipments slowly but steadily arriving in south central Minnesota

Phase 1A of vaccinating Minnesotans is well underway.

Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

  Walz to relax restrictions Wednesday on indoor dining

Walz spokesman Teddy Tschann said the governor will make the move Wednesday as the state’s coronavirus numbers have improved in recent weeks “following the pause on activities around the holidays.”

  Nicollet County receives first shipment of COVID vaccine

Officials in Nicollet County announced they received the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

Kid Rock gives $100,000 to support small businesses impacted by COVID

The Barstool Fund has raised more than $18 million to support small business owners, according to its website.

  Some taxpayers find stimulus checks sent to wrong account

Customers of H&R Block and Turbo Tax may be experiencing delays in receiving their COVID-19 economic stimulus checks.

  COVID, budget top agenda as Minnesota Legislature convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday with the COVID-19 pandemic and a new two-year budget at the top of the agenda for a session that will be unlike any before.

  An FDA-approved COVID-19 test is available on Amazon

If you need to take a COVID-19 test, you can now do so from the comfort of your own home.

  Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

January is going to be “a tough one,” Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, told The Associated Press.

  Is the COVID-19 vaccine right for you? Here’s what medical experts are advising

Pregnant? Nursing? Have food allergies? When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to everyone, you may be wondering if it's right for you. Here's what medical experts are advising.

COVID likely 3rd leading cause of death in US for 2020

More than 350,000 people died from COVID-19 in 2020.

  MDH: 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,612 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health says all of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses for health care workers in the first priority group have been distributed to providers statewide. This comes as officials report 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,612 new confirmed positive cases.

  If I’ve already had the coronavirus, can I get it again?

Some COVID reinfections have been confirmed, but two new studies suggest that’s very unusual.

  Teen fighting for her life after developing syndrome related to COVID-19

Kaylee Litteral is being treated for MIS-C. According to the CDC, it is a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.”