In normal years, many Minnesotans struggle more with mental health over the winter. The pandemic is expected to worsen that.
Most polls show majority support for Gov. Tim Walz’s handling of the pandemic. But there are big differences when it comes to how the response is viewed among Twin Cities voters and how it’s seen in the suburbs and Greater Minnesota.
Though more than half the state’s population lives in the Twin Cities metro, residents in Greater Minnesota are currently making up a larger share of people dying of coronavirus.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 2,301 Minnesotans with COVID-19 have died.
“Place is becoming a political identity now, ” says the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Cynthia Rugeley.
Staying home in your bubble is the safest advice, but family get-togethers mean an awful lot. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci went back and forth on whether to have his daughters fly in for Thanksgiving.
“We are deeply saddened and alarmed by these numbers, but frankly not surprised to see this happening,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 2,246 Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported five more deaths, and 1,627 new COVID-19 cases, on Monday.
A total of 2,234 Minnesotans have died since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters Friday she is “ deeply worried” about the new case numbers.
Shoultz leads the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (32 professional singers), the VocalEssence Chorus (115-120 volunteer singers) and the youth choir VocalEssence Singers of This Age, aka VESOTA.
Through 15 days in October, the state has reported 165 COVID-19 deaths.
The Spot, Palmer’s Bar and the Black Hart are hanging on. But with winter approaching and nothing but crickets from Congress, the coming season might be the worst for local pubs since Prohibition.
The number of confirmed positives is up 1,189 from Tuesday’s count.
The saliva tests are similar in accuracy to the more familiar nose-swab tests, but feature a less invasive sample collection procedure.
One example: A total of 12 cases are now tied to attendees of the Trump rally at the Bemidji airport on Sept. 18, an increase of four since MDH’s last update on the event. There were four cases among protesters of that event.
Minnesota has now reported double-digit deaths in four of the last five days.
The Minnesota Department of Health also announced Friday that there have been nine cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota linked to a Trump rally in Bemidji in September.
While precautions around COVID-19 have changed how the so-called ground game is being conducted by political groups in Minnesota this year, they haven’t eliminated it.