Coronavirus Updates

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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What Minnesota’s Health Care Leaders are Saying about Governor Walz’s Four-Week Dial Back to Curb Spread of COVID-19

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced new actions to help control the spread of COVID-19. Turning the dial back, Governor Walz announced a four-week pause on social activities, in-person dining, sports, and fitness establishments for four weeks. What Minnesota’s health care leaders are saying: More than 1,000 Minnesota physicians and providers said…

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#MNtogether: Minnesota to Light Landmarks in Purple to Honor Victims of COVID-19, Recognize Frontline Workers

[ST. PAUL, MN] – As Minnesota reaches the grim milestone of over 3,000 lives lost due to COVID-19, cities and towns across the state tonight will light dozens of Minnesota landmarks in purple to honor victims of COVID-19 and the frontline workers battling the pandemic. Cities, towns, sports team, museums, libraries, companies, and more will…

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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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Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

By Andrea Swenson, RN, director of clinic nursing and patient safety As expected, in response to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and exposures in the area, we are beginning to see an increase in testing for COVID-19 as well. We wanted to provide some information so the public is aware about the scenarios when…

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First COVID-19 case reported at area school

By Anna Jauhola Just before MEA weekend, Lancaster School reported its first positive COVID-19 case in a high school student. Superintendent Shannon Hunstad said, for privacy reasons, they are not releasing the name of the student. However, the student and a handful of close contacts were put in isolation and quarantine immediately starting Wednesday, Oct.…

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SBA offers disaster assistance for impacted small businesses

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Minnesota small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced last week. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Pre-paredness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act…

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