Latest Coronavirus Headlines

State Of Minnesota Offer Pfizer Booster Shots, Alongside Places Like Hy-Vee, Thrifty WhiteHy-Vee and Thrifty White pharmacies are starting to administer Pfizer booster shots for COVID-19, after they were endorsed by the FDA and CDC earlier this week.
COVID In Minnesota: Nearly 3,000 New Cases, 27 Deaths ReportedThe additional figures bring the state's total to 697,182 cases since March of 2020 and 8,076 deaths.
CDC Backs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Millions Of Seniors, Some Others (CBS News)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.
9th, 10th School Staffers Die Of COVID-19, State Health Dept. ReportsSince Labor Day, Minnesota has added nearly 2,200 COVID-19 cases associated with schools. There have also been 11 more hospitalizations, including two students.
'Stop Being So Spoiled,' Trampled By Turtles Tells Those Who Oppose COVID ProtocolsA well-known bluegrass band from Duluth is pleading with fans to adhere to COVID-19 requirements at venues or stay home.
COVID In Minnesota: 24 More Deaths Confirmed By MDH; 2,434 More CasesMeanwhile, the latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate remains at 6.8%, as reported Thursday. The positivity rate, which went as far down as 1.1% in late June, remains in the “caution” status; the line for high risk is drawn at 10%.
Vikings Place CB Harrison Hand On Reserve/COVID-19 ListThe second-year cornerback has only played on special teams for the Vikings this season.
Minnesota Child Care Providers Now Eligible For Direct Payments Under Recovery ProgramChild care providers in Minnesota can now apply for grants to get direct monthly payments to help stabilize their businesses as the economy recovers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising COVID Cases Amid Delta Variant Put Minnesota School Plans In FluxIn order for there to be blanket mask mandates impacting schools or businesses, or capacity limits once again inside businesses, that would have to come from an executive order by Gov. Tim Walz under a peacetime emergency, and those powers have expired. Walz's administration says they have no intention of reinstating a state of emergency at this point.
COVID-19 In MN: Nearly 800 Patients With The Virus Need HospitalizationWhile federal health officials discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster shot advisability, health officials in Minnesota on Wednesday reported 1,642 additional virus cases and 14 more deaths.
St. Paul Board Of Education Approves Plan For Spending $207M In COVID Relief FundingThe district said it took more than 11,00 responses from students, families, teachers and other school staff into account when developing the plan.
Foster Youths Affected By Pandemic Eligible For Financial AssistanceThrough the end of September, foster kids who are about to age out of the system are eligible for some extra help.
6 Minnesota Schools Recognized As 2021 National Blue Ribbon SchoolsU.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has announced 2021’s National Blue Ribbon Schools, which include six schools in Minnesota.
Pediatric Hospital Beds Becoming Harder To Find In Minnesota“Let’s do what the CDC and department of health is telling us. Let’s make sure we wear the masks, we socially distance, we stay home if sick. If eligible, get the vaccine,” Dr. Rahul Koranne said.
Johnson & Johnson Says Research Shows Booster Increases COVID-19 ProtectionDrug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson said research shows people who receive a vaccine booster dose of its vaccine are better protected against COVID-19.
Mpls. Edison High School Moves To Distance Learning After 'Significant' Number Of Students Exposed To COVIDEdison High School will transition to online learning starting on Wednesday after a "significant" number of students were exposed to COVID-19.
COVID In Minnesota: Death Toll Tops 8,000; Positivity Rate Notches Down To 6.8%As hospitals start reinstating visitor restrictions due to the strain of the Delta variant, health officials on Thursday reported an additional 6,352 virus cases and 18 more deaths, bringing the state's total above 8,000 at roughly the same time that the country's death toll has matched that of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic.
COVID In Minnesota: CentraCare, Essentia Health Limit Visitors Due To Rise In Virus CasesDue to the rise in COVID-19 cases across Minnesota, two health care systems are again implementing visitor restrictions. 
COVID In Minnesota: Community Vaccination Site At MOA To Expand Hours, CapacityGov. Tim Walz's office announced the site will be able to administer 500 doses a day, an increase of 350 daily doses.
St. Paul Restaurant J. Selby's Closes Dining Room, Citing Rising COVID Case CountsA plant-based restaurant in St. Paul is discontinuing in-person dining "until the COVID case counts drop back to a safe level."
COVID Vaccine For Younger Kids 'Would Be Absolute Relief' For Families With Immunocompromised Members"While it's natural to have a questioning attitude, I think one can rest assured as a parent that this is the right thing to do for your child, to protect them," Dr. Madeleine Gagnon said.
Parents Split On Vaccinating As Pfizer Touts Effectiveness With Kids 5-11A COVID-19 vaccine for younger children could be just weeks away. Pfizer says tests show that a lower dose of its vaccine works and is safe for kids ages 5 to 11. That's welcome news for many families, as the virus has infected nearly a half-million children in the past two weeks
'School Districts Only Have So Much Money': Districts Across State Report Shortage Of School NursesResearch by the Minnesota Educator Licensing Board shows there are more than 890,000 public school students in the state, but only 637 licensed school nurses.
COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 10 More Deaths As Positivity Rate Hovers At 7.1%As new studies move the United States closer to being able to vaccinate young children against COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health on Monday announced 2,474 new cases and 10 more deaths, one of them a Rice County resident in their early 30s.
Businesses In Minnesota Can Now Apply For MN Main Street COVID Relief GrantsBusinesses that suffered hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program.
Grandma, 102, Attends Both Grandsons' Football Game After Recovering From COVIDCarter Theissen and Christian Brown are Wakefield's grandsons, who played against each other during Friday night’s game. Theissen plays for Breck School as a wide receiver. Brown is a running back for Concordia Academy.
MN Doctor Says Hospitals Strained By COVID Patients, And 'Vaccination Is The Answer'“To know that some of it is preventable, and it’s harder than it needs to be, it feels like quite a change from last year when we were all in this together,” University of Minnesota Medical Center Dr. Andrew Olson said.
COVID In MN: MDH Reports 2,645 More Virus Cases As Latest Positivity Rate Hovers At 7.1%Minnesota health officials on Friday reported 2,645 more COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths. Meanwhile, the latest positivity rate is hovering at 7.1%.
'This Is On The Way Up': COVID Cases Are Rising In Schools, State Health Officials SayRising cases of COVID-19 linked to schools is concerning public health officials who expect the frequency of them to increase over the coming weeks.

Latest Health Headlines from CBS News

New COVID cases drop nationwide following summer surgeNew COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are declining, but hospitals are still being strained in areas with low vaccination rates. While 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated, some have begun receiving booster shots. Lila Luciano has more.
Hospitals running out of ICU beds in states with low vaccination ratesDespite this week’s CDC approval of booster shots for some demographics, many states are still experiencing low first dose vaccination rates. And in those states, hospitals are being pushed to the brink. Michael George has the details.
N.Y. prepares for possible staff shortages as COVID vaccine mandate nearsGovernor Kathy Hochul said a state emergency declaration and other options are on standby to address any potential hospital staffing shortages.
20 million Americans eligible for third Pfizer shotThe White House says 20 million Americans are now eligible for a third shot of the Pfizer vaccine. Those who are 65 or older, at an increased risk for exposure or have high-risk conditions are among the eligible. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky overruled an advisory panel and approved a booster shot for frontline workers, including health care workers and teachers. Michael George has the latest.
Federal judge temporarily blocks COVID vaccine mandate for NYC teachersMore than 82% of department employees have been vaccinated, a Department of Education spokesperson said.
Schools without mask mandates more likely to have COVID outbreaks, CDC findsOne study in two of Arizona's most populous counties found that schools were 3.5 times more likely to have outbreaks of COVID-19 if they started the school year without mask requirements.
Report: Rural areas wait longer for ambulancesThe latest census report finds that 60 million Americans live in rural areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that they tend to be older, sicker and poorer than the average American. According to a study by the Rural Policy Institute, there are not enough ambulances to help in an emergency. CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett has the story.
Here are the workers now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shotCDC director cleared booster shots for people in high-risk occupational settings, including teachers and grocery workers.
CDC chief expands COVID booster shot recommendationThe CDC director expanded who is eligible for a Pfizer booster shot. Anyone 65 and older, those who are an increased risk for exposure or have high-risk conditions are among the eligible. Omar Villafranca has more.
CDC backs Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for millionsThe CDC director defended the decision, after differing on one key point with a panel of vaccine advisers
Want a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine? Good luck.Valid medical conditions that might excuse someone are "very, very rare -- like one in a million," one disease expert said.
CDC overrules advisory panel and endorses Pfizer COVID boosters for workers at riskCDC Director Rochelle Walensky has overruled CDC advisory panel recommendations to expand the number of people who are eligible for Pfizer's coronavirus booster. In addition to those over 65 years of age and people with underlying medical conditions, at-risk workers are now included as well. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS Mornings" to explain what this means.
Fauci says "dark winter" can be avoided if more are vaccinatedOn this week's "The Takeout" podcast, Dr. Anthony Fauci talks about what to expect this winter from COVID-19, vaccinations and booster shots.
Insurers ask the unvaccinated to pick up COVID-19 treatment costsHealth insurers — which once waived costs of treating COVID-19 — are increasingly asking patients to chip in.
Florida won't force students to quarantine after COVID exposureGovernor Ron DeSantis' latest order changes the rules on student quarantines and takes a jab at legal challenges over school mask requirements.
3.3 million Boppy baby loungers recalled after 8 deathsProducts were sold nationwide and online by retailers including Amazon, Pottery Barn Kids, Target and Walmart.
Millions of Boppy newborn lounger pillows recalled after infant deathsMore than 3 million Boppy baby loungers are being recalled after eight infants died from suffocation linked to the pillow product.
CDC panel recommends Pfizer boosters for seniors and high-risk peopleCDC advisers voted to allow Pfizer's COVID booster shot for people 65 and older and others who are at high risk. Omar Villafranca has more.
CDC advisers recommend who can get Pfizer booster shotsThird doses of the Pfizer vaccine could be available to seniors and other at-risk groups this week.
CBSN Originals | Conspirituality: How Wellness Became a Gateway for MisinformationA new CBSN Originals documentary explores how, for some, the yoga and wellness worlds became a gateway for misinformation and conspiracy theories amid the COVID-19 pandemic.