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Minnesota Hospitals Strained by COVID-19

The skyrocketing daily COVID-19 cases in Twin Cities and greater Minnesota is threatening to overwhelm state’s health care system, according to Gov Tim Walz and executives with two of the state’s major health networks, writes the MPR News. Dr. Penny Wheeler, CEO of Allina Health, said in a recent briefing with reporters “Current conditions are […]

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US COVID-19: Faster, Broader and Longer

In the New York Times, reporters Rebecca Halleck and Neil MacFarquhar write that COVID-19 cases had reached 11 million on Sunday and the cases are already soaring past 12 million with the new daily cases are approaching 200,000. “The latest virus surge began accelerating across much of the country in mid-October. It took just over […]

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Minnesota Dials Back Some Restrictions

Last Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz signed emergency executive order to dial back a month-long new restrictions to social gatherings, gyms and indoor service at bars and restaurants with the goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the state. These restrictions are reportedly the hardest since the previous similar restrictions in May, when Minnesotans were […]

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US COVID-19 Deaths Over 250,000

In the New York Times, Eric Nagourney writes that with the coronavirus deaths reaching 250,000 in US on Wednesday (Nov 18), reflecting a day of dismal records and government disarray. A Washington Post headline reads 250,000 people die but little changes. A similar headline in the CNN reminds the 250,000 deaths milestone, that’s 10 times […]

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Pandemic and Medical Practices

In CBS News, reporter Megan Cerullo writes: “Veteran emergency medical technicians and paramedics have spent decades intubating patients and performing many other medical procedures in cramped ambulances. Now, a growing number of EMS workers are exiting the field for good. The reason: COVID-19 makes the job too dangerous.” “A review by the Kaiser Health News […]

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Moderna Vaccine with a 94.5% Efficacy

On Monday Nov 16, Moderna announced in a press release that its COVID-19 vaccine met statistical criteria of 94.5 percent efficacy in Phase-3 trial. According to CNN, Moderna learned its results on Sunday from the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, an independent panel analyzing Moderna’s clinical trial data. Dr. Tal Zacks, Moderna’s chief medical officer […]

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‘Unprecedented Surge’ Predicted in US

According to CNN, on Saturday more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the US, the 12th day in a row new cases rising by six figures. Three states (West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland) recorded spike in news cases — 1,153, 3,303 and 2,321, respectively — on Saturday alone. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN Medical […]

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MN Faces A ‘Deep, Dark Winter’

Last week, Minnesota had deadliest week of the COVID-19 pandemic with 248 deaths and daily new cases rising over 7,200. Reporter Janet Moore writes in the Tribune “surviving the dire days of the outbreak will involve a collective effort of masking up, social distancing, relying on an expanded network of testing sites throughout the state […]

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MN Hospital Officials Issue Joint Statement

In the previous Red Alert for ICU Beds in Twin Cities post, with skyrocketing covid-19 cases in the state, shortage of ICU beds and health care workers was highlighted. Joint statement from Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems on stopping the spread of COVID-19 Record 7,228 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota On Thursday, more than […]

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Coronavirus Cases are Skyrocketing in the US

The CNN Health’s Christina Maxouris writes that on Thursday more than 153,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the US. This was the tenth day in a row, higher than 100,000 infections were reported in the country battling the country with covid-19 spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, including here in Minnesota. The Washington Post, […]