Deadline Looms For Lawmakers To Take Action On Bonus Pay For Frontline WorkersEarlier this week, DFL lawmakers pitched setting up a process for workers to apply. Baseline checks would be $1,500 but would likely shrink depending on the number of applicants. Qualifying workers would include many industries beyond just health care, and those employees would need to work in person without any option to work from home.
COVID In Minnesota: State Updates Figures With 22 More Deaths, 1,904 More CasesAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update, the state’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate rose once again, now standing at 6.7%. The positivity rate, which has been on the rise since dipping to 1.1% in late June, remains in the “caution” status. The line for high risk is drawn at 10%.
Vaccinations Will Be Required At Orpheum, State, Pantages Theaters In MinneapolisThe vaccination requirement won't be required for guests under the age of 12. However, Hennepin Theatre Trust also announced that all guests will be required to wear face masks while in the venue aside from when actively eating or drinking in designated areas.
HCMC Workers Urge Minority Communities To Get Vaccinated"Our hospital is full of people in the ICU who are unvaccinated, young, people of color and they're dying from COVID," Dr. Nneka Sederstrom said. "That's what we know today. Today the people who dying are unvaccinated. That truth needs to ring true. Staying unvaccinated today means its very likely that tomorrow will not be promised."
Frontline Worker Pay Group Diverges In Bonus Proposals Days Before DeadlineThe group tasked with deciding who gets a share of the $250 million set aside for workers on the frontlines of the pandemic is still working to find agreement just days before a proposal is supposed to be submitted.
U Of M Prepares To Track COVID Vaccination Status Now Required Of Its 50,000+ StudentsThe U of M says vaccinations are easy to get including at the U's health center and they are, of course, free. The U of M faculty and staff do not have a mandate, but if they are not vaccinated they will have to be tested for COVID-19 regularly.
Health Officials Nervous About Minnesota State Fair CrowdsMinnesota health officials on Tuesday said they're nervous about the large crowds expected at the Minnesota State Fair as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to circulate statewide.
Anoka-Hennepin Schools May Require Indoor Masking When Local COVID Cases SpikeMinnesota's largest school district may require some students to wear masks when they return to class.
Hamline Church Dining Hall, Minnesota State Fair's Oldest Food Concession, To Close Indoor DiningThe Minnesota State Fair’s oldest food concession is dialing back its menu in a big way this year.
President Biden Asks Employers To Require COVID-19 Vaccination; Some Minnesota Businesses Already Doing It“One of the core functions of government is to promote public safety and under that sort of reasoning, previous vaccine mandates have been upheld,” Professor Jill Hasday said.
Officials Hope 'Vaccine Hesitancy' Fades Following Pfizer Vaccine's FDA Approval“Those people who have been sitting on the fence thinking that, “Hey, this vaccine is not yet approved,’ will finally take that leap of faith and get the vaccine,” Dr. Venkat Iyer said.
University Of Minnesota To Begin Confirming COVID Vaccination Status For All StudentsAs expected, the University of Minnesota will add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for all enrolled students after the FDA fully approved the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech. Soon, its 50,000-plus students will need to confirm their vaccination status.
COVID Delta Surge Puts Strain On Minnesota Hospitals: 'Everybody's Exhausted'As Minnesota hospital beds continue to fill up, the strain on the system is affecting both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.
Dozens Of Minnesota State Fair Vendors, Exhibitors Won't Return This YearThis year’s Minnesota State Fair experience may not be what fair-goers are used to.
Minnesota State Fair Suggests Guests Skip Weekends, Spread Out Due To COVID-19 SurgeThe fair is not asking anyone to show proof of vaccination, nor are they asking for a recent negative COVID test.