For one thing, students are back in classrooms. For another, the delta variant is far more contagious than the original strain of coronavirus Minnesota saw last fall.
Between last Tuesday and Friday, the state added an average of 1,882 new cases per day, up from 1,557 new cases per day in the previous week.
The issue has greater urgency as the return to school coincides with a new wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the delta variant.
Concern about COVID-19 is a major factor in some regular fairgoers’ decision not to attend this year.
In previous waves of COVID-19 infections in Minnesota, increased hospitalizations were soon followed by increased daily death tolls. Not this time, so far.
As the prospect of sharing a holiday dinner table draws nearer, MinnPost talked to medical professionals about how to talk to people who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 about getting vaccinated.
Workers at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul and Eventide in Moorhead are required to be vaccinated this fall.
As of Tuesday the state had not gotten any official communication from the federal government regarding additional shots.
Minnesota already requires a number of vaccines for students of various ages. What about COVID-19?
Minnesota is the second-largest hog producing state in the nation, and a lot of that meat is sold in California, where voters recently changed the rules on what kind of pork can be sold in the state.
While data do show greater risk of transmission for the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, vaccines remain an effective protection against the disease.
Is it safe to be outside? What about for kids? Dogs? Some questions about poor air quality, answered.
There is growing evidence that some groups of fully vaccinated people might benefit from another dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
With a shortage of workers across many industries, some fair vendors are behind pace on hiring for the fair, which is just under a month away.
Officials said the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, believed to be both more transmissible and more severe, now makes up about 75 percent of COVID-19 cases in the state.