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Anoka-Hennepin Extending Winter Break For Mental Health Needs, Staff ShortageAnoka-Hennepin says the time off will start one day earlier -- on Dec. 22 -- and students will return one day later. Classes will now resume Jan. 3. District officials say the extra time off will help address mental health needs.
Experts Still Learning About Omicron; Minnesota Case Detected Early Due To Virus Surveillance SystemThe first case was found in California followed by Minnesota on Thursday. A Hennepin County man tested positive after traveling to New York for a convention November 19. He is vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms, the state’s heath department said.
'A Boost At The Right Time': Federal Teams Help Minnesota Hospitals Overwhelmed By COVIDA group from the U.S. Air Force started their work this week at St. Cloud Hospital. WCCO went along for one of their shifts.
COVID In MN: Omicron Variant Detected In Vaccinated Minnesotan Who Traveled To NYC Anime ConventionThe Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been detected for the first time in the state. It's the second confirmed case of the variant in the country.
More Federal Help Coming To Minnesota Hospitals, Walz SaysOn the same day officials announced the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in Minnesota for the first time, Gov. Tim Walz said more federal help is coming to the state's hospitals.
COVID In Minnesota: Positivity Rate Creeps Down; 100 New Deaths Logged Over Holiday WeekendAmid concerns over the newly-discovered Omicron variant, health officials Wednesday reported 3,580 new COVID-19 cases and 100 more deaths. The high number of newly-reported deaths is due to a backlog over the holiday weekend.
Minnesota Adds Edibles To List Of Eligible Cannabis Options For PatientsAt the same time, no new conditions for being prescribed marijuana were added this year, despite many petitioning to have anxiety and panic disorder added.
How Could Minnesota Be Impacted If Roe Vs. Wade Was Overturned?“There appears to be between five to six justices on the Supreme Court who in a variety of opinions or statements have expressed disagreement with Roe vs. Wade,” Professor David Schultz said.
'I Got A Second Chance': Sioux Falls Father Of 5 Gets Double-Lung Transplant After COVID DamageWhen COVID-19 ravaged Nathan Foote's lungs, a double-lung transplant was his only hope.
Plymouth Teen Wins $100K Scholarship In Minnesota's COVID Vaccine Incentive Program“I chose to get vaccinated because it allows me to be with my friends and family without having to really worry about COVID as much as before,” Kaitlyn Knutson said. “It also allows me to get to play the sport I love, hockey, while being safe.”
St. Paul Schools To Extend Winter Break Due To Ongoing COVID StrainShakopee Public Schools also addressed challenges of the pandemic, calling off two days of classes to extend the Thanksgiving break in an effort to control the spread of COVID cases.
COVID In Minnesota: Positivity Rate On A Downward Trend, But Still Above 10%Minnesota's latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate has ticked down another notch, currently sitting at 10.6% from a recent peak of 11%.