Mayo Clinic Health System
The number of Minnesota schools suffering from flu outbreaks shot up dramatically this week. Last week, only 19 schools reported new outbreaks. This week, that number spiked to 203. The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that two children have now died from the flu in Minnesota. And more than 300 people have gotten so sick they had to stay in the hospital.
Winter break has started early for at least two Minnesota schools – but not for a good reason. The districts say it’s because so many kids and staff have the flu.
The wife of a former Minnesota State football player who was critically injured in a beating has given birth to the couple’s second daughter. Molly Kolstad gave birth to the girl on Wednesday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Hospital spokesman Kevin Burns told KTOE radio that both mother and daughter are doing well.
Students were evacuated from a school in Springfield, Minn. Thursday morning after a number of people were sickened with what may have been carbon monoxide poisoning. The Springfield School District’s website confirmed that Springfield Public School was being closed for the day, and students were taken to a nearby community center. Third-grader Emma Pingeon says she witnessed some students vomiting during a morning practice for a choir concert.
Nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, averting a possible strike.
Health officials say more than 900 people have been hospitalized as the national flu outbreak hits hard in Minnesota.
A lawsuit alleges a pediatrician sexually abused a man while he was a patient at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.