Coronavirus Updates

MN launches tool to connect residents to COVID vaccines

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz announced last week the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps all Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccine Connector is the next step of the state’s vaccination strategy to meet Minnesotans where they are and connect…

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Kittson Healthcare does not expect COVID vaccine this week

By Enterprise Staff Those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine this week are being encouraged to find locations outside Kittson County. According to its Facebook page, Kittson Healthcare Center in Hallock stated Monday it was not expecting to receive any vaccine this week from Minnesota Department of Health. Officials are uncertain when they may receive vaccine. To…

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Vaccine list out the window

Clinic goes well, but dose shipments are unreliable By Anna Jauhola While the nation struggles to get enough vaccine on hand to inoculate the population against COVID-19, Kittson County is no different. In recent weeks, county residents had heard Kittson Healthcare in Hallock was keeping a list of those 65 and older who wanted to…

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COVID-19 variant found in Minnesota

The Minnesota Depart-ment of Health (MDH) today announced the new variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the United Kingdom was identified by genomic sequencing in positive specimens from five residents of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory,…

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Vaccine rollout successful, continues in Kittson County

By Anna Jauhola About 100 healthcare workers in Kittson County received the Pfizer vaccine last week to protect against COVID-19. “Pretty much everybody had a good response,” said Cindy Urbaniak, public health director. “There were a few side effects — maybe a headache, sore arm was probably the most common side effect we heard about,…

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Eleven new COVID-19 testing sites to open across Minnesota, including one in Crookston

Crookston, Minn. — In order to expand access to free, “no barrier” COVID-19 testing, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced 11 new longer-term COVID-19 testing sites will open across Minnesota in the coming weeks. Testing at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue opened Monday, Nov. 16. Pre-registration is requested to avoid long…

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Hospitals prepared for COVID-19 surge

Health officials urge public to follow precautions and to celebrate safely By Anna Jauhola Hospitals in the northwest corner of Minnesota are working together and are prepared to handle COVID-19 patients, according to officials. Kittson Healthcare in Hallock is a member of the Northwest Regional Emergency Preparedness Group, which comprises all hospitals in the northwest…

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Cases up, schools still in house, public urged to be careful

By Anna Jauhola As positive COVID-19 cases rise in Kittson County, school and health officials are working to ensure public safety. As of Monday afternoon, Oct. 26, Kittson County’s total case count was 51, and active cases had increased to 25, according to Kittson County Public Health. Superintendents at Kittson Central and Lancaster schools continue…

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Pilot COVID-19 saliva at-home test includes Kittson County

Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday, Oct. 22, a pilot of the COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program. Minnesotans in two dozen counties or tribal nations will be able to order a saliva test online, to perform in the comfort of their own home. These tests are available in select service areas free of charge…

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