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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Thursday, MDH officials reported a new single-day high in deaths, 32. Many of those deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. Nationally, President Trump ordered flags to fly half-staff to honor all COVID-19 victims.

Here are the latest updates in the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 9:05 p.m.: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says: “We’ve been in dialogue with the governor’s office throughout the day.” No additional statement at this time regarding churches reopening.
  • 9:00 p.m.: SEIU Local 26 holds virtual candlelight vigil for front line workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 7:34 p.m.: The Douglas County fair has been canceled.
  • 5:26 p.m.: Rep. Angie Craig, bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress call on Trump Administration to ensure National Guard receives benefits earned on COVID-19 front lines.
  • 4:57 p.m.: The College of St. Scholastica plans to reopen its Duluth and extended campuses this fall.
  • 4:06 p.m.: Lowertown Sounds, St. Paul’s free Thursday night summertime concert series in Mears Park, is cancelling its 12 shows due to COVID-19.
  • 4:06 p.m.: Small boutique fitness studios start petition to open June 1.
  • 3:09 p.m.: CDC releases guidelines for reopening houses of worship.
  • 2:37 p.m.: Minnesota announces free COVID testing – available to anyone – at National Guard armory sites across the state. The testing will take place this weekend.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Wisconsin reports nine deaths due to COVID-19 and an additional 511 cases.
  • 12:50 p.m.: Pres Trump announces he’s designating all Houses of Worship as places that provide “essential services” and calls on all Governors to allow them to open now.
  • 12:45 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance earlier this month to emphasize the coronavirus does not spread easily on surfaces, focusing more on human-to-human transmission.
  • 12 p.m.: In the race for a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, U.S. taxpayers have placed a $1 billion bet on Oxford University.
  • 11 a.m.: Minnesota health officials announce 800+ COVID-19 cases and 33 more deaths — a new daily high.
  • 10:45 a.m.: Minnesota State Fair board cancels 2020 season. It’s the first time the fair has been canceled since 1946.
  • 9 a.m.: The next COVID-19 challenge: opening dentist offices.
  • 8 a.m.: Gov. Walz to hold 10 a.m. call with church leaders, who are at odds with the governor’s restrictions on worship services.
  • 7 a.m.: Minnesota State Fair’s governing board is meeting today to discuss future of this year’s fair.
  • 6 a.m.: Study finds that earlier social distancing would have saved tens of thousands of lives. 
  • 5 a.m.: President Trump surprised Ford officials by not wearing face mask during Thursday visit.
  • Yesterday: The Minnesota Department of Health is launching three new antibody studies that include widespread blood tests.

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