More than 18 months after Iowa’s first coronavirus case, the state finds itself in a protracted argument over the value of wearing masks, especially in schools where children are increasingly becoming infected with the virus.
Some parents of students at Minnesota K-12 schools that have not required face coverings have filed a lawsuit asking the governor to enact a statewide mask mandate because of the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Nissa Sugden’s 19-year-old son, Kian Olson, tested positive for COVID last week. Today, he’s in the intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato being treated for coronavirus and pneumonia.
Minnesota health officials on Tuesday said they’re nervous about the large crowds expected at the Minnesota State Fair as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to circulate statewide.
State fairs in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin are offering COVID-19 vaccinations as the delta variant spreads nationwide and relaxed masking leaves public health officials concerned about another surge in infections.
Mankato students in kindergarten through eighth grade will begin the school year with a mask requirement in the classroom and on the school bus. The board’s decision to limit the requirement to K-8 is based on vaccine eligibility.