Blood donors urgently needed to prevent another shortage

By |2020-05-27T08:46:33-05:00May 27th, 2020|

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures, increasing the demand for blood products. Blood donors are urgently needed to make donation appointments to prevent another shortage like the one that occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The Red Cross is thanking those who step up to help: Now through May 31: Those who come to give will receive a free We’re All in This Together Red Cross T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. June 1-30: Those who come to give will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift [...]

ICYMI: Blues on Belgrade Officially Cancelled

By |2020-05-27T05:29:47-05:00May 27th, 2020|

The Business on Belgrade Board today is announcing the cancellation of Blues on Belgrade 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The safety and health of our community, volunteers, and all who are involved with making this a successful event are our top priority.  We are taking into consideration the uncertainty of this pandemic and the social distancing guidelines, and feel it is best to cancel Blues on Belgrade 2020. We will monitor the pandemic and reassess the status of our community late summer to determine if Bier on Belgrade will safely be able to happen this year.  Blues on Belgrade is [...]

Care centers, food plants, drive Minnesota’s test positivity

By |2020-05-27T05:18:52-05:00May 27th, 2020|

State health officials say Minneapolis ranks among the top metro areas as measured by the percentage of positive coronavirus tests because the state has prioritized residents of long-term care facilities and food processing plant workers for testing. Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force, said Friday that Minneapolis ranked fourth in “positivity” among major U.S. metro areas, with about a 13% positive rate. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that's because Minnesota has been aggressively testing long-term care residents and employees, and food plant workers, and only recently broadened its testing to include the general public.

North Mankato Hosts Spring Drop-Off

By |2020-05-27T06:20:39-05:00May 27th, 2020|

Spring Drop-Off The City of North Mankato and West Central Sanitation have arranged a spring drop-off at 610 Webster Avenue to take place Wednesday, May 27th - Sunday, May 31st between 7:00am- 5:00pm each day. The change is to protect residents and City staff from the COVID-19 virus by practicing social distancing:  A gate attendant will monitor the number of entrants into the site, please be prepared to show proof of North Mankato residency. The gate attendant and posted signage will direct citizens where to dump respective items.  Residents are asked to unload their own items and exit to allow for [...]

Deadliest Memorial Day weekend on MN roads since 2010

By |2020-05-27T06:15:44-05:00May 27th, 2020|

There were at least eight fatalities on Minnesota roads over the weekend, the deadliest Memorial Day holiday in 10 years.   Mike Hanson, director of the state Traffic Safety Office says: "While overall crash numbers are down, the severity rate is up, and what's driving that severity rate up is speed. The speeds that the officers, troopers and deputies are seeing out there are really horrific." At the same time, D-W-I arrests over the Memorial Day weekend were 25 percent less than last year -- Hanson says probably because bars and restaurants remain closed until June 1st under the governor's COVID [...]

State officials not worried about high usage of ICU beds

By |2020-05-27T05:11:49-05:00May 27th, 2020|

State health officials do not appear particularly concerned that nearly 90 percent of I-C-U beds in the metro area are in use -- swelled by COVID cases plus resumption of high-priority medical procedures. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm indicates officials have a good idea of possible surge capacity around Minnesota's health care system... ..."and mechanisms in place to... taking a really system-wide approach to this, and helping to place patients where there is available care on an immediate basis." State officials haven't said how soon it might be necessary to send metro area COVID patients to hospitals elsewhere in Minnesota, or [...]

COVID Cases Rise by 652 in MN (May 26)

By |2020-05-26T11:15:41-05:00May 26th, 2020|

Situation Update for COVID-19 Subscribe: COVID-19 updates Sign up to receive email or mobile alerts when this data is updated, as well as other periodic COVID-19 updates. Updated May 26, 2020 Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day. Data is for cases that were tested and returned positive. All data are preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Many data points are collected during case interviews. Data presented below are for all cases, regardless of interview status. Data for cases pending interview may be listed as “unknown/missing”. Not all suspected cases of [...]

Sen. Klobuchar responds to reports of being possible Biden VP candidate

By |2020-05-26T09:38:11-05:00May 26th, 2020|

Amid reports that she's being vetted as a potential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden's presidential campaign, U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says... "Vice President Biden was a really good vice president and he did that job with Barrack Obama for eight years, so he is going to have a really good sense of who he wants as vice president." Klobuchar says there will be rumors floating around about potential VP picks in the next few months, but it's Joe Biden who is going to make the ultimate decision who his running mate will be. Klobuchar says there are many qualified candidates [...]

MN reports highest ICU use for COVID so far

By |2020-05-26T05:26:30-05:00May 26th, 2020|

On Memorial Day Minnesota reported its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations so far at 605 -- and its largest number of cases in intensive care at 248. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Friday: "A couple of the hospitals' intensive care units are getting quite full at this stage, so important work is going on, and discussions around the community, about how best to collaborate to even out some of that I-C-U need." State officials have plans in place to outfit several alternate sites to handle overflow hospital cases if necessary. They say those locations can be activated in [...]

Americans finding ways to stay active while keeping distance

By |2020-05-26T05:18:47-05:00May 26th, 2020|

Cooped-up Americans are finding ways to get fresh air while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. Golf and fishing as well as walking and running have proved to be popular diversions. Golf courses are reporting an influx of both beginners and players returning to the game. States such as Minnesota and Vermont are seeing increases in the number of fishing permits sold. Fitness tracking technology shows people are recording more steps walking and running. New golfer Vicki Friedman of Chesapeake, Virginia, says she has to work from home, so she's finding extra time to pursue activities she always wanted to [...]