Minnesota’s seven-day positive case average continues to be well above a threshold that health officials say is a concerning sign of disease spread.
The Minnesota Department of Health also said Tuesday that there were 1,315 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, based on 29,315 new tests.
At the same time, the Duluth-based utility is pushing forward with plans to build a new natural gas plant, which would have to be shut down or converted by 2050 to achieve the carbon-free goal.
Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation will now have far more power, especially Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Official data show 104,226 Minnesotans have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine so far.
MDH also said Thursday there are 1,983 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, based on 42,049 new tests.
Hours after the Capitol was evacuated, lawmakers voted to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar announcing the final results on the Senate floor.
Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he will allow bars and restaurants to serve indoors starting Monday. The governor is also easing limits on the number of people who can attend religious services, gyms, sporting events, theaters and pools.
The President-elect has named Tom Vilsack to be secretary of agriculture and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Interior Department.
The state reported 1,784 deaths in December, making it by far the deadliest month of the pandemic.
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Though the severity of the pandemic has shown signs of lessening in recent weeks, there are still high rates of COVID-19 test positivity, signaling that the outbreak hasn’t receded to levels seen over the summer.
Gov. Tim Walz plans to keep bars and restaurants closed to indoor service after the current restrictions expire Friday.
Minnesota has reported 851 deaths so far in December, putting it on pace to smash the state’s one-month record for COVID-19 fatalities.
The 94 deaths announced Friday are the second-most reported in one day so far during the pandemic.