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Each weekday, Minnesota Hospital Association members receive In the News, a compilation of health care-related media stories from state and national media such as Minnesota Public Radio and the New York Times. In the News is a way to keep members informed of what’s being reported related to health care, both positive and negative. Inclusion of an article does not indicate support for or opposition to an issue by MHA. 

If you would like to receive the In the News daily email, contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA visual communications specialist/division assistant, 651-603-3494.

In the News

July 13, 2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press
It’s been four months since Minnesota recorded its first case of COVID-19. What have we learned?|
Minnesota recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 6, and in the four months since, the state has experienced its share of peaks and valleys in patient deaths, hospitalizations and new infections.
07/12/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
499 cases, 2 deaths show steady COVID-19 growth in Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz’s next move could come this week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which continued to show modest but steady growth in Minnesota with the addition on Monday of 499 lab-confirmed cases and two
07/13/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Face masks remain symbol of division as Gov. Tim Walz considers mandate
The partisan divide was apparent on the face of every Minnesota lawmaker gathered for the private meeting at the State Capitol in June. It was the closing hours of the last special session and the group of dealmakers
07/13/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
'Return to work' COVID antibody testing comes with warning
Doctors say employers should not use COVID-19 antibody tests to decide whether employees are safe to return to work, yet such testing is being promoted by lab companies and hospitals to businesses through “back to
07/13/2020

Minnesota Public Radio
CDC employees call out agency's 'toxic culture of racial aggression'
More than 1,000 current employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed a letter calling for the federal agency to address "ongoing and recurring acts of racism and discrimination" against Black
07/13/2020

Fox 9
COVID-19 could further change how our health care system works
In the few months since the pandemic began, virtual doctor's visits have become a necessity as we try to slow the spread of COVID-19. The virus has changed so much that a vice president at Allina says they believe
07/12/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
3M says it's on track with N95 production goals
3M says it’s hit midyear goals for increasing U.S. respirator output as a new production line recently opened at one of the company’s Wisconsin factories. The N95 respirators are vital for protecting health care workers from
07/12/2020

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Q&A: Dr. Andrew Olson on the front lines at Bethesda Hospital’s COVID facility in St. Paul
When M Health Fairview converted Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul into a 90-bed COVID facility, Dr. Andrew Olson was on the front lines. Olson is a director of hospital medicine at the University of Minnesota and an
07/12/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
After the virus, Minnesota woman faces a hellish recovery
Patty Secrest woke from a three-week, medically induced coma in April, with her lungs taking back the role of breathing that had been left to a mechanical ventilator during her severe bout with COVID-19.
07/11/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Longtime public health official helps coordinate Minnesota's COVID-19 fight
For more than two decades in many roles at the Minnesota Health Department, Kris Ehresmann has been preparing for a devastating pandemic. As a member of the infectious disease division and now its leader, she
07/11/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota reopens adult day centers for people with disabilities
More than 300 adult day centers that provide services for Minnesotans with disabilities and mental illnesses will be allowed to reopen fully on Monday, filling a major gap in the state's social safety net. The Minnesota
07/11/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
University of Minnesota leads work group on infectious dose of COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases continued to ramp up across the state on Saturday, a University of Minnesota researcher reported progress from a work group that’s studying how much of the pandemic virus it takes to become
07/11/2020

KSTP
More than 1,500 front-line workers file workers' compensation claims in Minnesota
More than 1,000 front-line workers have now filed for workers’ compensation benefits in Minnesota after contracting COVID-19. In April, firefighters, health care workers and others fought successfully for a change in
07/10/2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune
EDITORIAL A data-driven reality check on returning to normal
Anyone feeling confident about having COVID-19 under control should take a few minutes to watch Dr. Sakina Naqvi’s testimony before Minnesota lawmakers last week. Anyone feeling confident about having COVID-19
07/10/2020

NPR
Nation's pediatricians walk back support for in-person school
The American Academy of Pediatrics once again plunged into the growing debate over school reopening with a strong new statement Friday, making clear that while in-person school provides crucial benefits to children,
07/10/2020

The New York Times
Study of Coronavirus in Pregnant Women Finds Striking Racial Differences
Black and Latino pregnant women in Philadelphia are five times as likely as their white counterparts to have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to data collected from nearly 1,300 women between April and June.
07/10/2020

WCCO
100 Days After Bethesda Hospital Started Treating COVID-19 Patients, Doctor Says There’s Hope For The Future
Minnesota’s first hospital to treat the most critical COVID-19 patients hit a milestone this week. WCCO looks back on 100 days of care at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul where there is hope for the future. After an almost
07/10/2020