April 4, 2020 Testing Total approximate number of completed tests: 25,423 Total approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 8,738 Total approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 16,685 Minnesota Case Information Total positive: 865 Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 440 Deaths Total deaths: 24 Hospitalization Total cases requiring hospitalization: 180 Hospitalized as of today: 95 Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 42 Demographics <!-- Health care workers: Worked in or attended school or child care: --> Age Median Age Age Range All cases 48 4 months - 104 years Non-hospitalized cases [...]
April 3, 2020 Testing Total approximate number of completed tests: 24,227 Total approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 8,682 Total approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 15,545 Minnesota Case Information Total positive: 789 Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 410 Deaths Total deaths: 22 Hospitalization Total cases requiring hospitalization: 156 Hospitalized as of today: 86 Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 40 Demographics Age Median Age Age Range All cases 48 4 months - 104 years Non-hospitalized cases 42 4 months - 104 years Hospitalized cases 64 6 - 98 years Hospitalized cases in ICU [...]
With schools moving to distance learning, free nutritious school meals for Minnesota kids 18 and under are only a click away. The Free Meals for Kids mobile App helps families in need find and access free meals at hundreds of schools and other sites across Minnesota. "We have almost 700 sites that are listed on the ap, there've been 2,000 visits since as of April 1st." CEO of Hunger Impact Partners Ellie Lucas says the app is powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and other sites that are providing meals and meal packs, with days and hours for distribution. [...]
To acknowledge the dangers farmers face during planting season, the SILO film producers will re-release SILO: Edge of the Real World, an original, 10-minute documentary film. It will be available for free on Vimeo starting today.
Portions of the Minnesota River Trail will temporarily close Wednesday (April 8) to prepare the riverbank along Riverfront Park and the Water Resource Recovery Facility for stabilization. Work is expected to be complete by Tuesday, April 14.
The Community Response Fund (CRF) announces its second round of grants totaling $35,500 to seven different community organizations. These grants were awarded in response to the short-term emergency needs of nonprofits throughout our region due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the new grants included, the CRF has distributed a total of $62,750 to regional tax-exempt organizations since the fund launched March 20. View the full list to date at www.MankatoUnitedWay.org/community-response-fund. The CRF will continue to grant funds on a rolling basis. If you are a nonprofit organization and have questions about how to apply, please contact Sarah Beiswanger at [email protected] [...]
Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) clarified who is eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was signed into law last week in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 relief package. Starting this Friday, small business employers, sole proprietors, independent contractors, non-profits, veteran organizations and agricultural producers can apply to the $349 billion Payment Protection Program. The PPP provides assistance for payroll, benefits, mortgage interest, rent and utilities including loans of up to $10 million. Average payroll and other costs of up to eight weeks will be forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels. Eligibility for the program includes small businesses with [...]
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced they will undertake 188 road and bridge projects statewide during the 2020 season. In our area they include: Hwy 14– Expand Hwy 14 to four lanes between Owatonna and Dodge Center I-90 Fairmont– Resurface 16 miles of eastbound I-90 from Hwy 15 in Fairmont to the Blue Earth River Hwy 22/Hwy 111 Nicollet to Gaylord– Resurface 19 miles, construct snow fence in problem area, perform utility work in Nicollet · Hwy 71 Jackson to Windom/Windom to Hwy 30 – Resurface and replace bridge
We need more masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment -- the plea to lawmakers Thursday from medical workers as well as Minnesota hospitals. Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner: "The simple ask of being able to clean ourselves off or throw out soiled scrubs is being denied by many hospitals. As a result nurses are forced to bring those soiled scrubs out into the public into their homes and potentially exposing their families to COVID." Governor Tim Walz responds the lack of personal protective equipment has put nurses and other front-line workers at risk: "Our commitment to them is to [...]
TODAY (April 3) Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) will host a Telephone Town Hall discussion with constituents to address concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the federal relief packages, economic and public health impact, best practices for staying safe, and more. Rep. Hagedorn will be joined on the call by experts in the medical and economic fields. For call-in information, head to our website, ktoe.com WHAT: COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall WHEN: Friday, April 3, from 1:10 to 2:10 p.m. CST DIAL-IN: For constituents o Phone number: 877.229.8493 PIN: 118719