Latest Coronavirus Headlines

University of Minnesota Will Require Proof Of Vaccination For EmployeesPresident Joan Gabel sent a systemwide message on Tuesday to students, faculty, and staff that the school must collect proof of vaccination from its employees.
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5-11 Was Over 90% Effective In Trials, Appears Safe (CBS News)Two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine adjusted in potency for children 5 to 11 years old proved 90.7% effective against symptomatic disease, the company said in documents filed with the government, as U.S. authorities near key decisions on whether to expand use of the shots to younger age groups.
COVID In Minnesota: 22 More Deaths, Though New Cases Appear To Be Trending DownMinnesota's latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate appears to be on the waning side of a crest, now at 7.9% from 8.5% last week. There are also a reported 45.8 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which also represents a downward trend after peaking above 50.
Data Show COVID Cases In Minnesota Schools Have Declined, But Experts Still Watching For Long-Term TrendsThe latest data show COVID-19 cases linked to schools have sharply declined since mid-September, but experts warn that it’s too early to determine if the state has passed the peak of the latest surge.
Can You Get The Flu Shot And The COVID Vaccine?As COVID-19 news fills headlines, there's another vaccine we need to consider. Flu shots are already available at some pharmacies.
St. Paul Mayor: City Employees Must Get COVID Vaccine By End Of 2021Workers who don’t certify by mid-January “will not be able to work and may be subject to discipline,” according to the mayor's office.
Minnesota Student Dies Of COVID-19, 2nd Since Start Of PandemicWhile the health department did not say where the student was enrolled, the latest figures released Thursday showed that a teenager in Hennepin County was among the newly reported COVID deaths.
Vaccine Clinic To Be Held Outside U.S. Bank Stadium Ahead Of Rolling Stones ConcertAhead of the Rolling Stones concert at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, there'll be a vaccine clinic outside the downtown Minneapolis landmark.
COVID In Minnesota: More Free Rapid Test Sites Opening In Brooklyn Park, DuluthRight now, the free tests are being done at sites in St. Paul, Crookston, Hutchinson, Moorhead and Stillwater. Two more locations will be added tomorrow in Brooklyn Park and Duluth.
Unvaccinated Minnesotans 30x More Likely To Die From COVID: 'Infection Risk Is There For All Age Groups'Unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 30 times more likely to die from the disease than unvaccinated residents, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Wednesday.
Essentia Health Switching To Self-Swab COVID Tests So Workers Can Focus On Booster ShotsThe hospital says anyone who schedules a COVID test at any of their clinics will receive a kit to perform their own testing. This option is for those who want only a test and not a scheduled visit to the clinic.
COVID In Minnesota: 32 Further Deaths Added To State's Toll; Positivity Lingers Above 8%Minnesota's latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate appears to have reached a plateau for the moment, now at 8.3%. The line for high risk is drawn at 10%. There are also a reported 49.9 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which also represents what could be the start of a downward trend.
COVID In Minnesota: 21 More Deaths Reported; State's Now Seen 40K HospitalizationsAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen to 763,915 since the pandemic began, with 8,457 deaths attributed to the virus.
Minnesota To Offer Gift Cards, Scholarship Drawings As Vaccination Incentives For KidsChildren who complete their vaccine series before the end of November will get a $200 Visa gift card and a shot at a $100,000 college scholarship, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday.
COVID In Minnesota: 2,868 New Cases, 29 More Deaths ReportedThe latest figures bring the total case count to 758,252, and 8,436 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
As Health Agencies Consider More Boosters, Minn. Leaders Pitch Vaccines To Kids, ParentsIt could be a big week in the fight against COVID-19.
COVID-19 Near-Death Survivor Thanks Hospital-At-Home Program For RecoveryWith COVID-19 cases rising, and flu season officially here, a local program is freeing up beds by discharging patients earlier or helping them avoid the hospital altogether.
COVID In Minnesota: National Guard To Assist At Long-Term Care Facilities, Open New Rapid Testing SitesDue to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced a new plan to mobilize the National Guard to assist at local long-term care facilities and open new rapid testing sites across the state.
COVID In Minnesota: State Taking New Measures As Hospitals Reach CapacityHospitals like North Memorial Medical Center are treating COVID-19 patients as case numbers continue to climb around the state. Currently, the Delta variant is surging.
COVID In Minnesota: 25 More Deaths Reported, And Another Nearly 3,000 New CasesTotal ICU bed usage among COVID-19 patients is at 255. Additionally, there are currently 728 COVID-19 patients being hospitalized in non-ICU beds. Many hospitals in the state are reporting being stretched close to capacity as these figures continue to remain high.
Vikings Take CB Cameron Dantzler Off COVID ListWhen Dantzler went on the list, he tweeted that he is fully vaccinated and hoped to be back soon.
Study: Minnesota Ranks In Middle Of Pack In COVID-19 SafetyMinnesota ranked as the 26th safest state, sandwiched between fellow Midwestern states Kansas and South Dakota.
With Varying Concert COVID Protocols, Health Officials Urge Music Lovers To Weigh RisksLive music is back in the Twin Cities. But fans may not know that many venues have their COVID-19 protocols set by the artist that's coming to town.
COVID In Minnesota: 24 More Deaths Reported, As Positivity Rate Climbs To 8.4%According to the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen to 749,144 since the pandemic began, with 8,354 deaths attributed to the virus.
Federal Judge Won't Block COVID Vaccine Mandate For Minnesota WorkersNearly 200 Minnesota health care workers filed a lawsuit in September challenging the requirement from President Joe Biden’s administration that all workers in most health settings get vaccinated or lose their jobs. The workers argued the lack of alternatives infringes on their rights.
U.S. Reopening Land Borders To Vaccinated Visitors Next MonthStarting early next month, anyone fully vaccinated can enter the U.S. by land, regardless of their reason for travel.
When Your School-Aged Kid Is Sniffling, Here's How To Test Them For COVIDWith children back in school after more than a year of distance learning, there are a lot of viruses going around. Experts say the best way to know whether or not your child's cold-like symptoms are COVID is to test for it.
COVID In Minnesota: State's Positivity Rate Shoots Up To 8.3%, Highest Since Pre-Vaccination PeriodAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen to 746,768 since the pandemic began, with 8,330 deaths attributed to the virus. About 16,700 tests have been newly processed.
COVID In Minnesota: 3,223 New Cases, 25 More Deaths; Positivity Rate Climbs To 7.8%Minnesota health officials reported Monday 3,223 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths. Meanwhile, the number of people battling the virus in ICU beds is the highest it's been this year.

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CDC: More Americans getting COVID booster shot than those who remain unvaccinatedAccording to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are already fully vaccinated are showing up to get their COVID booster shot in greater numbers than those not yet vaccinated. This comes after the FDA on Wednesday granted emergency use authorization to vaccine booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, clearing the way for millions to be eligible for extra protection against the coronavirus. Elise Preston has the latest.
The next phase: Latest on COVID boosters and moreCBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus breaks down the latest on vaccine booster shots, mixing and matching, and the status of vaccines for children.
Walmart recalls room spray for "rare and dangerous" bacteriaCDC urges consumers not to even open recalled bottles and use gloves in returning them to the retailer.
COVID-19 vaccine FAQ: Answers to your most common questionsWho should get the vaccine? Are there side effects? What about boosters? Here's everything you need to know.
FDA weighs myocarditis risk in review of Pfizer COVID vaccine for kidsThe analysis was posted late Friday ahead of a meeting of the agency's vaccine advisers to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccinating younger children.
Pfizer says its COVID vaccine is 90.7% effective in kids 5-11More than 70 million Americans are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. The number of Americans getting boosters each day is now more than double the number getting their first shots. And there's important news tonight on Pfizer's dose for young children. Meg Oliver reports.
Supreme Court to hear Texas abortion law challengesThe Supreme Court has agreed to fast-track challenges to the new abortion law in Texas. The justices will hear arguments November 1. But for now, the Texas law remains in effect. Ed O'Keefe has the details.
A record amount of Americans are quitting their jobs due to pandemic burnoutMillions of Americans have quit their jobs due to pandemic burnout. Many have started their own companies.
Scientists tout successful trial of pig-to-human kidney transplantScientists temporarily attached a pig's kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led the surgical team, called the procedure a "transformative moment in organ transplantation."
FDA signs off on boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients, backs mix-and-match optionIt is now up to the CDC to decide whether to roll out booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients, after the FDA authorized the additional doses Wednesday. The FDA also signed off on "mixing and matching" vaccines, allowing millions of Americans to get a different booster than their original shot. Nikki Battiste reports.
Exclusive interview with lead scientist behind successful kidney transplantThe first successful experimental transplantation of a genetically engineered pig kidney to a human body was recently accomplished at NYU Langone's Transplant Institute. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook sat down for an exclusive interview with the lead scientist behind the breakthrough.
Dr. Fauci on FDA authorization of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters, and ability to switch vaccine brandsThe FDA has authorized Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots and will allow Americans to switch vaccine brands when they get a booster. Dr. Anthony Fauci joins "CBS Mornings" and explains who will be included, and updates the outlook on vaccines for kids younger than 12.
CDC director endorses booster shots for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccinesThe CDC formally recommended booster shots for millions of Americas who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joins "CBS Mornings" to discuss.
CDC authorizes COVID booster shots for some Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients, allows "mix-and-match" optionThe CDC authorized the expansion of booster shots to certain Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients Thursday, while also allowing eligible Americans to get a different booster than the initial shot they received months ago. Meg Oliver reports on the updated guidelines for nearly 100 million people now eligible for an extra dose of protection against the coronavirus.
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 was over 90% effectiveA panel of the FDA's vaccine advisers will be discussing the data on Tuesday.
Lack of home COVID-19 tests hurting war against pandemicAt-home coronavirus tests in the U.S. are pricey and often hard to find. It didn't have to be this way.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots greenlighted by CDCUp to 99 million Americans are now eligible for an additional dose.
CDC panel approves Moderna and J&J boostersA CDC advisory panel is recommending booster doses of both Moderna's and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines. Now CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will decide whether to accept or revise the committee's recommendations. Meg Oliver has more.
Hospitals struggle with drug shortages as supply chain issues persistAmerican hospitals are undergoing another emergency on top of the pandemic, as the struggle to fill drug orders for hundreds of patients.
Some first responders are quitting over vaccine mandatesHundreds of first responders are leaving the workforce due to the COVID vaccine mandate. Jeff Pegues has the latest.