COVID remains a global health emergency, but nearing 'inflection' point: WHO
Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 -- and the virus still remains a global health emergency.
Final free COVID-19 tests from MDH, 4 per household offered
After several rounds of free COVID-19 tests offered at both the state and federal level since the beginning of the pandemic, MDH announced today it would phase out the program.
MDH health officials promote COVID-19 vaccines for children before holidays
Health officials urging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 as the holidays approach.
US health officials renew push for COVID-19 boosters, amid new data on efficacy
Only about 13% of U.S. adults have gotten the updated booster.
4.4M Americans have received new omicron-targeted COVID-19 booster, CDC says
Some Americans who plan to get the shot, designed to target the most common omicron strains, said they are waiting because they either had COVID-19 recently or another booster.
New COVID-19 subvariant detected in Twin Cities wastewater
The newest Omicron sub-variant made its way to Minnesota after BA.2.75 was detected in Twin Cities wastewater.
‘Bivalent’ COVID-19 boosters now available through healthcare providers
Minnesota healthcare providers will soon able to administer new bivalent COVID-19 booster shots that have been formulated to be more effective against the Omicron variants.
Moderna says updated COVID shot boosts omicron protection
Moderna’s study results revealed people given the combination vaccine shot had higher antibody levels to fight omicron and other variants.
COVID treatment will soon cost you
At the start of the pandemic, policymakers enacted changes to increase access to COVID treatments and help health care systems better deal with the crisis. But as the virus moves out of the pandemic phase, those programs are being eliminated.
Minnesota health leaders promote COVID pills as cases, hospitalizations increase
As COVID-19 cases increase, Minnesota health leaders are encouraging doctors to make patients more aware of treatment options.
Minneapolis again recommends masks as COVID-19 cases rise
Roughly two months after Minneapolis and St. Paul mayors lifted the city's mask mandate, the Minneapolis Health Department has announced it now is strongly recommends everyone – vaccinated or not – again wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses.
MSP Airport lifts mask mandate after court ruling causes confusion
After a confusing day for some flyers, that started with a federal judge striking down the CDC's mask mandate for public transportation, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says the airport is lifting its mandate.
St. Paul schools drop mask mandate starting Monday while cases remain low
The St. Paul Board of Education voted on Tuesday to change its mask policy to end mask requirements for students and staff while cases remain low.
Minnesota health officials say Omicron subvariant could bring wave of COVID-19 cases
More than two years after the pandemic began, some doctors warning about a new subvariant of COVID.
ICUs seeing relief as COVID-19 pandemic wanes
As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to drop in Minnesota, the feeling in Intensive Care units is one of huge relief.
Surveillance shows drastic COVID-19 viral load decrease in Twin Cities sewage
A wastewater surveillance program in the Twin Cities that tracks COVID-19 through sewage may show that the virus has drastically decreased in most metro communities.
Mayo Doctor says too soon to tell if U.S. is approaching endemic stage of COVID-19
Cases of COVID-19 are dropping across the country, but it’s too soon to know whether the pandemic is transitioning into an endemic stage says one Mayo Clinic doctor.
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns donates $250k in COVID tests to schools
Fresh off his All-Star game appearance and being crowned three-point contest champion, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is making headlines again – this time for a $250k donation.
Target drops mask mandate for employees, customers
Target will no longer require its employees or customers to wear masks inside its stores, subject to local rules.
Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19? Experts weigh in
Experts say it's not likely that the highly transmissible omicron variant — or any other variant — will lead us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19.