Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require masks in public statewide amid concerns that the spike in coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Governors in several states that are seeing rising numbers have mandated mask use statewide. Medical groups in Minnesota and the state Health Department are backing a mandate. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters Wednesday the evidence is increasingly clear that masks are effective. While Minnesota has seen a slight uptick, driven partly by expanded testing, hospitalizations continue to fall and there’s still no sign of a spike. Walz says he’s reevaluating the situation daily.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating a fatal shooting during a disturbance outside a bar. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. Wednesday and learned shortly after that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions Hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead. Investigators say the woman was shot during the disturbance. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to positively identify the victim and determine her exact cause of death. The fatal shooting is the 17th homicide in Saint Paul this year.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The drug industry is suing to overturn a new Minnesota law that requires them to provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America filed a lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota late Tuesday, just hours before the law took effect. It's asking the court to declare the law unconstitutional and issue a permanent injunction against enforcement. The pharmaceutical industry raised the constitutionality issue during the Legislature’s long debate over the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, but supporters expressed confidence then that the law would survive [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota says seven athletes from “multiple sports” have tested positive for the coronavirus. The university said Tuesday the Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school says students who test positive are entered into a protocol and asked to self-isolate. Those students will have access to all necessary resources and food and will be in daily communication with the university's athletic medical staff. Those students will have to undergo additional testing and screening before they can participate in team activities. A team physician also must clear the [...]
The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday announcing that beginning Wednesday, all faculty, students, and visitors to the campuses will be required to wear a face-covering in any enclosed indoor space. Exceptions include an assigned apartment or residence hall or when alone in an office or study area. In Edina and Rochester, the city councils voted Monday to require face masks in all city [...]
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Rochester. The boy’s mother, Jasmin McBride tells KTTC-TV her son, Deon McBride, was in Rochester to visit his father for the summer. Rochester police and firefighters responded to a child missing in Cascade Lake Park about 7 p.m. Saturday. The child was recovered from the lake and taken to St. Marys Hospital. The boy’s family has created a GoFundMe page to return his body to Chicago for burial.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M Co. says global demand for N95 masks continues to far exceed supply. The Maplewood-based conglomerate corporation says it has doubled the production of N95 masks this year. But, with too few N95 respirators to go around, nurses and other health care workers are being forced to reuse the masks even though the coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. The Star Tribune reports hospitals are taking steps to extend the use of a single mask, including using ultraviolet light to kill the virus or treating them with vaporized hydrogen peroxide.
Four ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are due in court. Monday's hearing is the second pretrial hearing for the men. Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and other counts, while Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao are charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. Floyd died May 25 after Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. The defendants have not entered pleas. Chauvin’s attorney has not commented publicly, while other attorneys have sought to minimize their clients’ roles in Floyd’s death, which sparked massive protests.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a piece of rope resembling a noose was found in a Black firefighter's locker in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. An FBI spokesman confirmed Saturday the bureau is investigating and said that the case is in its initial stages. Bloomington officials had asked the FBI to investigate. Officials say that the rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose and was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15. The discovery was reported to Fire Department leaders eight days later, on Tuesday. The fire chief says such acts [...]