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COVID-19 in MN: Just the flu? Death count says no

COVID-19 in MN: Just the flu? Death count says no

Minnesota’s daily death counts from COVID-19 have been especially hard to handle over the past two months. More than 1,100 people died in November alone, about 30 percent of the total in the entire pandemic.It’s now killing Minnesotans at a rate far higher than any recent flu season. Roughly one-third of all recent deaths in Minnesota are tied to COVID-19.In the past few years, respiratory illnesses have been a major contributing factor in about 5 to 10 percent of all deaths in Minnesota, depending on the time of year.They accounted for around 20 percent of deaths during the state’s May...

Dec 3
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Carnahan's election claims unsupported by facts

Carnahan's election claims unsupported by facts

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan claimed Thursday night that the state’s 2020 election showed "extreme abnormalities and statistical variations from Minnesota's historic voter trends." But her examples are either off-base, vague or flat-out wrong. Carnahan begins with a general claim: It's "unusual" that President Donald Trump did worse in Minnesota in 2020 than 2016, despite putting much more effort into winning the state this year. This is relatively vague, so it's hard to firmly prove or disprove. Still, while it's true Trump put a lot more effort into Minnesota than he...

Nov 20
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Minnesota absentee voting on record-setting pace

Minnesota absentee voting on record-setting pace

More than 635,000 Minnesotans have already voted in November’s election — with just over three weeks to go until Election Day.That compares to a total of 676,000 Minnesotans voting early in the entire 2016 election. Minnesota is likely to cross that threshold over the next week. On top of that, the Secretary of State’s office reports another 900,000 Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots but not yet sent them in. Some of those people won’t end up voting, and some will vote in person. But all indications are that absentee balloting in 2020 will shatter all historical records.So far,...

October 9, 2020
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Latest on COVID in Minnesota: Surrounded by outbreaks

Latest on COVID in Minnesota: Surrounded by outbreaks

COVID-19 is a topic where Minnesota is perfectly OK not being ranked No. 1. The state has seen its COVID-19 cases grow lately — but this real increase is small compared to .On Sept. 1, Minnesota was reporting around 140 new cases per million residents per day. This week, that figure is up around 185.Wisconsin was seeing around 130 new cases per million residents per day on Sept. 1, similar to Minnesota. That’s now up to nearly 420 — more than three times higher. The situation has become so concerning that Wisconsin on Wednesday said it would near Milwaukee.Here are Minnesota’s current...

October 8, 2020
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Sept. 17 update on COVID-19 in Minnesota

Sept. 17 update on COVID-19 in Minnesota

Minnesota’s yo-yoing COVID-19 case numbers in recent weeks have meant some drastic swings in school districts’ safe learning recommendations, but state health officials say they’re taking the data irregularities into account when working with schools to set learning plans.A formula produced by the Health Department generates guidance for districts to help decide whether to have in-person learning, distance learning, or a mix, based on the rate of COVID-19 cases in that district’s county over a two-week period.The most recent recommendations, released Thursday, cover cases from Aug. 23 to...

September 17, 2020
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Federal jury trials set to resume in Minnesota

Federal jury trials set to resume in Minnesota

After months of closed federal courtrooms in Minnesota due to COVID-19, federal jury trials are set to resume on Monday.The last time a defendant faced a federal jury in Minnesota was in early February, when jurors convicted 50-year-old Dwight Frederick Barnes of distributing methamphetamine. Monday’s case, in which Cristino Martinez Padilla faces methamphetamine charges, will unfold with a range of safety precautions in a St. Paul courtroom. Plexiglass panels have been erected between juror seats, and potential jurors have been screened for health risks."If they have underlying medical...

September 14, 2020
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