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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. 

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In the News

July 23, 2021

Associated Press
Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections
Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant Americans as
07/23/2021

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota GOP are divided on vaccine publicity push
The threat of the delta variant to people who are unvaccinated is prompting some prominent Republicans to urgently promote coronavirus vaccinations. Yet the GOP continues to have a complicated relationship with the
07/23/2021

Pioneer Press
Sanford Health mandates employee COVID-19 vaccinations
Hospital networks in the region have come up with differing answers to the question of whether COVID-19 vaccines should be required for employees, with some strongly encouraging but not mandating vaccinations and
07/23/2021

Rochester Post Bulletin
Despite barriers, telemedicine provides a lifeline for patients seeking mental health care during pandemic
Sharon Bastin had gone months without her biweekly therapy sessions and knew she needed help. As her depression spiraled, she became consumed with dark thoughts.
07/23/2021

STAT
Why is Delta such a big deal? And other burning questions about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic
The rise of the Delta variant has driven new Covid-19 outbreaks, rattled markets, and reminded us that — for all the progress made in the fight against the pandemic — vulnerabilities persist.
07/23/2021

The New York Times
Delays, More Masks and Mandatory Shots: Virus Surge Disrupts Office-Return Plans
Several hospital systems that previously held off making vaccines mandatory for health care workers are now willing to do so. Google employees in California who have voluntarily returned to the office are again wearing
07/23/2021

The New York Times
Should Vaccinated People Start Wearing Masks Again?
As the Delta variant spreads among the unvaccinated, many fully vaccinated people are also beginning to worry. Is it time to mask up again?
07/23/2021

WCCO
COVID In Minnesota: 375 New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate At 2.2%
Friday’s updated figures from the Minnesota Department of Health reported 375 additional COVID-19 cases and two deaths, as case numbers rise due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
07/23/2021

Bemidji Pioneer
Region's hospital networks vary in approach to employee COVID-19 vaccinations
Hospital networks in the region have come up with differing answers to the question of whether COVID-19 vaccines should be required for employees, with some strongly encouraging but not mandating vaccinations and
07/22/2021

Modern Healthcare
AMA seeks overhaul of CDC opioid prescribing guidelines
The American Medical Association is calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to overhaul its 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines. The organization says the guidelines limit patients access to pain
07/22/2021

National Public Radio
The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows
The current COVID-19 surge in the U.S. — fueled by the highly contagious delta variant — will steadily accelerate through the summer and fall, peaking in mid-October, with daily deaths more than triple what they are
07/22/2021

The New York Times
Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections
A wedding in Oklahoma leads to 15 vaccinated guests becoming infected with the coronavirus. Raucous Fourth of July celebrations disperse the virus from Provincetown, Mass., to dozens of places across the country,
07/22/2021