First Omicron Case Identified In WisconsinThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services has identified the first case of the Omicron variant in Wisconsin on Saturday.
5 California Residents Infected with Omicron After Wisconsin WeddingFive out of 12 California residents are infected with the Omicron variant after attending a Wisconsin wedding in Milwaukee County.
'The Right Decision For Us': More Twin Cities Bars, Restaurants Requiring Proof Of VaccinationThe Omicron variant has created a renewed push for people to get their vaccinations. Additionally, more places are now requiring you to show proof you've gotten your shots.
Federal Medical Teams Provide COVID Aid At HCMCFederal medical teams are at three Minnesota hospitals to help with the COVID-19 surge.
COVID In Minnesota: 62 More Deaths As Omicron Variant Arrives In MinnesotaMinnesota's latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate has ticked down another notch, currently sitting at 10.3% from a recent peak of 11%. That's still, however, above the line considered "high risk," which is drawn at 10%.
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.
'Potentially A Trend Of Things Getting Worse': Omicron Variant Detected In The U.S.Scientists believe the fast-spreading Omicron variant could be the most contagious strain yet.
Gov. Walz Secures Federal Support To Expand Antibody Treatment And Vaccination CapacityGov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday the arrival of a federal medical team to increase the availability of the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments for Minnesotans and expand the Mall of America community vaccination location.
Person In California Becomes 1st Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Identified In US (CBS Sacramento)A person in California became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. It comes as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new strain of the virus.
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.
'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%.
COVID Took His Wife And Left Him Hospitalized, Now He's Urging Others To Get VaccinatedJeremy Voss spent more than two weeks at St. Cloud Hospital fighting for his life against COVID-19.
Minnesota Ranks 2nd In US For COVID Boosters, As Experts Race To Understand Omicron’s Impact“It’s highly infectious, likely is going to beat out Delta to become what I call basically the ‘king of the virus hill,’’ Dr. Michael Osterholm said.
Federal COVID Task Force Team Providing Backup For Burned-Out Hospital Workers In St. Cloud
COVID In Minnesota: 4,511 Newly Reported Cases Over The Weekend; 44 More DeathsMinnesota's latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate has ticked down a notch, currently sitting at 10.9% from a recent peak of 11%. That's still, however, above the line considered "high risk," which is drawn at 10%.
COVID In Minnesota: State Tallies More Than 10,000 Reinfections Since Pandemic's StartAs post-Thanksgiving crowds hit stores for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals, health officials in Minnesota report 4,131 new cases of COVID-19 and 56 deaths.
Minnesota Health Care Workers Reflect On Blessings While Working Thanksgiving Day: 'A Lot Of Our Patients Are Going To Be Alone'While many Minnesotans enjoy the comfort of family and friends this Thanksgiving, Dr. Jess Boland and nurse Mikayla Reimers are caring for people they barley know.
'There’s No One Here To Help Us': Staff Shortages Devastating Senior Living Facility ResidentsSome families in northern Minnesota will spend the holiday weekend trying to find new living arrangements for their loved ones.
Special Legislative Session For Frontline Worker Bonus Checks, Drought Relief Remains UncertainBonus checks were promised to frontline workers months ago. As they now deal with another COVID surge, they could use them more than ever.
COVID In Minnesota: 53 Deaths, 3,759 New Cases Reported Before HolidayHoliday travelers are now on the move, and before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,759 new cases of COVID-19 and 53 deaths.
COVID, Gas Prices Causing More Minnesotans To Stay Home For ThanksgivingAs people pack their bags for Thanksgiving, the pandemic and gas prices are throwing a wrench in some travel plans.
U.S. Military Medical Teams Arrive In Minnesota To Help Overwhelmed HospitalsAn emergency military medical team is on the ground in Minneapolis in a battle against COVID-19, which is surging in Minnesota and fueling a crisis of critical care access in hospitals across the state.
COVID In Minnesota: Health Officials Encourage Adults To Get Booster DoseThe COVID-19 surge continues, as the Minnesota Department of Health reported more than 11,000 cases and 37 new deaths on Tuesday.
Omicron variant spreads as vaccination rate hovers near 60%The Omicron variant continues to spread, but the Delta variant remains the dominant strain in the U.S. for now. Cases and hospitalizations are surging in certain areas as the nationwide vaccination rate remains around 60%. Lilia Luciano reports.
Scientists studying whether Omicron is more resistant to vaccinesScientists around the world are studying the COVID-19 Omicron variant to determine if it is more resistant to vaccines than previous strains of the virus. Debora Patta reports.
Omicron COVID-19 variant found in 12 statesThe biggest question is whether current, available vaccines will prevent severe cases spread by the Omicron variant.
Omicron: what we know about the new COVID variantHealth officials believe the variant is currently spreading in some U.S. communities.
More cases of Omicron variant detected in U.S.The Omicron variant has been confirmed in at least nine states across the U.S. Scientists say it appears to be spreading twice as fast as the Delta variant. Elise Preston takes a look.
Petroleum found in well water near Pearl Harbor, Navy saysThe well has been shut down since Sunday.
U.S. COVID-19 cases rise heading into ThanksgivingCoronavirus infections are rising again in half the country, just as people begin traveling for Thanksgiving. More than 53 million people are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend, creating concerns of large indoor gatherings. Tom Wait has more.
WHO warns 500,000 Europeans could die from COVID by springWith various countries in Europe seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization warns that as many as 500,000 people may die by next spring. Now European countries are turning to stricter restrictions. Imtiaz Tyab has the story.
Biden promotes small businesses as stocks take a hit over Omicron fearsDespite some concerns about the Omicron variants impact on an already fragile stock market, President Biden said he's not at all worried about the possible fall. Weijia Jiang reports.
U.S. to impose new travel restrictions on southern African countriesThe U.S. on Monday will join the European Union in imposing strict new travel restrictions on South Africa and several other countries in response to the new Omicron COVID-19 variant. Debora Patta reports.
Scientists working to determine severity of Omicron COVID variantWith little information to go on at the moment, scientists are assessing just how dangerous the newest COVID-19 variant is. Meanwhile, cases are surging in parts of the U.S. with lagging vaccination rates. Lilia Luciano has more.
Vaccine deadline looms as thousands of service members could face disciplinary actionAll U.S. service members must be fully vaccinated by Monday. With 91% of all members vaccinated, the Marines have the lowest vaccination rate of all service branches. David Martin reports.
Experts say vaccine inequality can lead to variants like OmicronScientists have been warning the world for months that in order to keep COVID-19 from mutating, vaccines need to be distributed to all populations. CBS News' Debora Patta looks at how the inequality of vaccine availability and distribution may have led to the Omicron variant.
Omicron variant discovered in at least 5 states as millions prepare to gather for holidaysAt least five states have confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, and that number could be much higher. Health officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated and boosted as they prepare to travel and gather during the holiday season. Nikki Battiste reports.
Unvaccinated Nevada state workers to pay insurance surchargePublic employees in the Silver state who haven't gotten shots will pay up to $55 a month, starting July 2022.
Omicron variant may increase risk of COVID reinfection, study findsNew research fuels calls in rich nations for people to get booster shots, while African scientists warn that without vaccine equity, this will just keep happening
Texas resident gets over $4,000 in bills after COVID testAlthough COVID-19 testing costs are supposed to be covered under most circumstances, some people have been getting large and confusing bills, including some for hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Omicron COVID-19 variant detected in 5 statesNew York, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Colorado have now all reported cases.
War in Ethiopia fuels humanitarian crisisThe war in Ethiopia has escalated into what the U.N. calls the world's worst hunger crisis in over a decade. Millions are facing starvation. Debora Patta reports.
Second and third U.S. cases of Omicron COVID-19 diagnosedOne case involves a man who traveled to New York City for a convention attended by over 50,000.