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COVID In Minnesota: 78 More Deaths Reported; Rolling Positivity Rate Still Reaching New HighsThe ongoing spike in the state's rolling average positivity rate is still rising, but at a slower rate than was reported last week. It currently stands at 23.7% as of the latest reports, adding distance to the current moment's status as the highest recorded positivity rate since the start of the pandemic.
'We Had No Idea': Why Most St. Paul Diners Won’t Need To Prove COVID Vaccination StatusChange is on the menu for many Twin Cities restaurants, with requirements starting Wednesday for customers to either have a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test. However, a little-known rule is adding to confusion for spots in St. Paul.
COVID Levels Dropping In St. Paul Wastewater: 'It's Promising'The amount of virus in the wastewater has been going down since Jan. 9.
Restaurant Owners, Managers & Customers Adapt To First Day Of Vaccine MandateAfter a week’s preparation, restaurants and diners in Minneapolis and St. Paul ushered in a new era of COVID-19 protections Wednesday- mandatory COVID vaccination or negative tests for customers over the age of five.
Extra Nurses Arrive At Minnesota Hospitals For Staff ReliefNurses the state hired to assist hospitals amid a staffing shortage began arriving to Minnesota on Wednesday, a welcome boost as patient volumes overwhelm the health care system.
Vaccine Or Testing Mandate At Twin Cities Bars, Restaurants Takes Effect WednesdayStarting Wednesday, you'll need to show a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to get into a restaurant or bar in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Minnesota AG Ellison Sues Illinois-Based Companies Over Failing To Deliver COVID Test ResultsThe state of Minnesota is suing two Illinois-based companies for allegedly collecting COVID-19 test samples from Minnesotans but failing to either deliver the results on time or providing false ones.
COVID In MN: MDH Reports 44K+ New Cases Over Last Several Days, Latest Positivity Rate At 23.2%As new vaccine or testing mandates take effect at bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities, health officials Wednesday reported 44,626 new COVID-19 cases and 37 more deaths.
COVID-19 Prevalence In Metro Area Wastewater Is Declining After Recent PeakThe Metropolitan Council says COVID-19 prevalence in metro area wastewater is declining after a recent peak.
COVID In MN: Emergency Nurses Arrive To Help HospitalsMore than 100 nurses will head to 23 hospitals across the state this week, Gov. Tim Walz said.
St. Louis Park Will Enact Mask MandateAnother Twin Cities suburb will enact a mask mandate in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
'It's Just A Different Place': The Uncertain Future Of Downtown Minneapolis"Used to seeing people walking around before the pandemic, Now with the pandemic, it’s just a different place," Jason Mill said.
New Antiviral Treatment Pulls Man From COVID's Depths: 'It Is Life Changing'“It is life changing. Taking these drugs and coming out from underneath the grip of COVID to getting your life back,” Jeff Carlson said.
St. Paul Students Hold Walkout Over District's Response To COVID PandemicA student walkout was held Tuesday in St. Paul, with hundreds across the district demanding better COVID-19 precautions to stay in school.
Free COVID-19 Test Rollout Begins Early Online (CBS News)A day ahead of the scheduled rollout of free COVID-19 tests distributed by the Biden administration, some Americans are already placing orders for their free deliveries through a form posted by the U.S. Postal Service.
COVID In Minnesota: 11,000 Deaths Tallied In MN, Positivity Rate Climbs To 22.2%Health officials in Minnesota report a 22.2% average positivity rate and 10,651 new COVID-19 cases in the latest update, which represents data as of Friday.
'Better Safe Than Sorry': New COVID Rules Begin This WeekThe week ahead brings new proof of vaccine and testing rules in the Twin Cities. They come as COVID-19 cases spike across Minnesota.
Buffalo Man With COVID Transported Out Of Mercy Hospital After Judge’s Order To Keep Patient On VentilatorA patient who has been battling COVID-19 on a ventilator for months at a Minnesota hospital has been moved to a hospital in Texas amid an ongoing legal battle between the family and hospital.
How to Order Free COVID Tests Starting This WeekStarting Wednesday, people can order up to four at-home rapid tests per household as part of the Biden administration’s effort to increase testing capacity.
Omicron May Peak Next Week In Minnesota, Says Mayo Data ScientistDr. Curtis Storlie says the hope is that the more-contagious Omicron virus is the beginning state of COVID-19 becoming endemic, and that future surges would cause fewer hospitalizations.
'It’s Disappointing': Town Hall Brewery Temporarily Closes Amid COVID Surge, MandatesTown Hall Brewery in Minneapolis will be temporarily shutting its doors to staff and customers for at least the next two weeks, beginning Sunday.
'I Kind Of Knew It Was Coming': Students Sound Off On Return To Distance LearningMinnesota students have been switching from in-person to distance learning for nearly two years.
Rochester Institutes Short-Term Mask MandateRochester is the latest Minnesota city to institute a mask mandate as COVID-19 cases rise due to the Omicron variant.
Judge Orders Mercy Hospital To Keep COVID Patient On VentilatorA judge in Anoka County has ordered Mercy Hospital to keep a patient battling COVID-19 on a ventilator, the latest development in an ongoing legal battle with the man's family.
Here Are Ways To Prove Your Vaccination Status At Twin Cities Bars, Restaurants And MoreStarting Jan. 19, anyone looking to visit a Minneapolis or St. Paul bar, restaurant, sporting event, or any other indoor venue serving food or drink, will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result from a test taken within the last 72 hours.
Minnetonka Becomes The Latest Suburb To Institute A Mask MandateAnother Twin Cities suburb has approved a mask mandate as the state struggles with the surge in COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant.
Twin Cities School Districts Divided On Distance LearningMinneapolis moved classes online Friday for the next two weeks, but students in St. Paul are still headed into the classroom.
FAQ: Updates Issued On Vaccination Requirement For Bars, Restaurants In Minneapolis, St. PaulThe new policies, which are unlike any other citywide restrictions put in place in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic, have many people scratching their heads, asking: Where do these policies apply? How will they be enforced? How long will they be in place? And how will violators be punished?
Gopher Sports: University Of Minnesota Sets Temporary Vaccination Policy For Indoor EventsThe University of Minnesota announced Friday a temporary vaccination policy for indoor events Friday.

Latest Health Headlines from CBS News

Program uses nature to improve kids' mental healthThe U.S. Surgeon General recently warned of a mental health crisis among young people that has been made worse by the pandemic. After two years of lockdowns and remote learning, a program in Washington, D.C., is trying to get kids and teens outdoors to reverse the trend. Jan Crawford takes a look.
Hospitals in Missouri filling up with COVID casesWith its relatively low vaccination rate, Missouri is under a crush of COVID-19 patients as hospitals are filled to capacity. One unvaccinated woman who's been hospitalized for weeks is now urging everyone to get the shot. Carter Evans reports.
CIA reports most "Havana Syndrome" cases not caused by foreign groupThe CIA says most cases of the neurological illness known as "Havana Syndrome" were not caused by a foreign adversary, after a cluster of cases was first reported in Cuba by U.S. diplomats and personnel.
How to avoid buying a fake home COVID-19 testThe FDA says criminals are posing as real sellers of home virus tests. Here's how to avoid getting ripped off.
Omicron pushes Missouri hospitals to the brinkAt St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, COVID-19 hospitalizations have tripled in recent weeks. Few of those patients are vaccinated. Carter Evans has more.
Southwest ejected disabled passenger who pulled down her mask, lawsuit claimsThe 68-year old Florida resident was yelled at, berated and ejected after pulling down her mask to drink water, suit claims.
Starbucks ends worker vaccine requirement after SCOTUS rulingBiden plan to require vaccines or regular testing at large companies was blocked by Supreme Court last week.
White House launches website for free at-home COVID-19 testsAmericans are now able to order free, at-home COVID-19 test kits. The website went live on Tuesday, one day before its official launch. Ed O'Keefe reports.
England is about to drop virtually all anti-COVID restrictionsPrime Minister Boris Johnson says thanks to booster shots and people following the rules, the Omicron wave "has now peaked" in the U.K., so the rules are being lifted.
Pfizer CEO awarded $1M Genesis Prize for COVID-19 vaccineAlbert Bourla said he accepted prize "on behalf of all my Pfizer colleagues who answered the urgent call of history."
Here's how to request free at-home COVID tests todayAmericans may order four at-home tests per household as part of the Biden administration's strategy to make tests accessible.
Biden administration to give out 400 million free N95 masksThe highly-protective masks will be distributed through pharmacies and health centers nationwide.
Lawmakers call for investigation into at-home COVID test price gougingSenators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal say the Omicron variant is creating conditions "ideal for predatory and profiteering behavior" including selling fraudulent kits or charging exorbitant prices.
Website to order free COVID tests launches earlyThe federal government's website,, launched early, allowing people to order up to four rapid COVID-19 tests per household. It's the latest effort to try to bring down the number of cases and hospitalizations. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
Red Cross sees increase in blood donationsAfter the Red Cross declared a "national blood crisis," "CBS Evening News" viewers turned out to donate blood. But more help is still needed. Norah O'Donnell was among those who donated.
Free COVID-19 test rollout begins early onlineThe U.S. Postal Service is already collecting orders for free test deliveries – a day ahead of schedule.
Red Cross sees uptick in blood donation after declaring crisisThe Red Cross said the outpouring of support is a step in the right direction, but it needs more donations to overcome the crisis.
Resources for blood donationThe Red Cross has declared a blood emergency due to a historically low supply, partially because of the pandemic.
Rapid test nearly as accurate as PCR for kids, study saysResearchers say parents should be assured that a negative result with the rapid antigen test they studied can be trusted.
Vaccinologists optimistic that South Africa is over the worst of the pandemic after Omicron waveAfter just eight weeks since the world first heard about Omicron, discovered here in South Africa, the countries wave dropped as sharply as it had risen with very little interruption to people’s lives. Foreign correspondent Debora Patta revisits the horror of the Delta wave and speaks to a vaccinologist who tells her he is optimistic the worst of the pandemic could be over.