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Past articles by Glenn:

Omicron COVID subvariant BA.2 detected in Twin Cities area wastewater

The subvariant, which has been detected in low levels in Twin Cities area wastewater, is 30-50% more infectious than its predecessor, but researchers are still trying to determine whether it is more severe. → Read More

Can at-home COVID-19 tests survive Minnesota's frigid temperatures?

The tests should be used only at room temperature, and there are ways to tell if the test performed properly. → Read More

Omicron continues retreat in Minnesota: 'It appears that we have peaked'

But health officials caution that new case rates are still high. → Read More

Minnesota COVID-19 cases set new monthly record in January

More than 275,000 new infections were detected in January, but omicron has not caused as many hospitalizations and deaths, due in part to Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccination rate of 64.7%. → Read More

After signs of retreat, COVID-19 roared back in Minnesota in 2021

Health officials are expecting the omicron variant to fuel new cases in the coming weeks. → Read More

COVID-19 testing surged before holiday in Minnesota

More than 200,000 residents took COVID-19 tests in the days before Christmas. The testing labs reported 9,873 positive test results over the three-day period that included Friday, Saturday and Sunday. → Read More

COVID-19 rapid tests are in high demand as omicron takes hold in Minnesota

COVID-19 rapid tests are becoming a hot item for Christmas this year, but availability is spotty as Minnesotans seek reassurance before holiday gatherings. → Read More

Sarah Stoesz, longtime CEO of Minnesota Planned Parenthood, to step down in 2022

The leadership change comes at a time when the future of abortion rights is uncertain nationwide. → Read More

Minnesota hospitals get federal help to address staff shortages

HCMC and St. Cloud Hospital each will receive 22 emergency medical workers from the Department of Defense. Cerenity Senior Care-Marian in St. Paul will become the third long-term care facility in the state to open its beds to hospitalized patients. → Read More

More than 1,100 Minnesota providers are ready to give COVID-19 shots to kids

Federal approvals of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 are expected next week. → Read More

Minnesota National Guard to assist with long-term care staffing shortage

The National Guard will also be used to start a new community rapid testing program. → Read More

1 million Minnesotans eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot

Minnesotans might get shots quicker at pharmacies than at large health care systems, state health officials said, adding that Pfizer vaccine supply is sufficient to meet demand. → Read More

Minnesota surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths

Hospitalizations set new 2021 record with 791 COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Minnesota long-term care COVID-19 cases rise as federal vaccine mandate for workers approaches

About 34% of facility workers are not fully vaccinated → Read More

Health officials: Minnesotans should wait to get booster shots

Details about when boosters will commence and eligibility are yet to be revealed → Read More

Minnesota's COVID-19 case growth triggers federal indoor mask guideline for most metro counties

In the seven-county metro, all counties except Carver are seeing worrisome case transmission rates, in addition to 29 more counties statewide, based on per capita case rates and percentage of tests that are positive. → Read More

Minnesota offers $100 for COVID-19 shots

People who get their first dose between July 30 and August 15 are eligible → Read More

Minneapolis ends COVID-19 mask mandate

The move comes two weeks after Minnesota's statewide mandate was lifted. → Read More

Minnesota drug overdose deaths jump 27%

Powerful painkiller fentanyl a factor in many overdose deaths → Read More

All Minnesotans 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting March 30

Vaccinators will be asked to prioritize shots to those with high COVID-19 risk → Read More