Minnesota health officials have reported 5 new deaths from COVID-19 along with 519 confirmed cases over the last two days. All of the deaths reported were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. So far, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported 1,471 people have died statewide from the virus. A total of 38,136 people have tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic. The number of people who are hospitalized from the virus has decreased in the last several weeks, but 253 people remain hospitalized.
(AP) — State officials say 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don’t have federally backed mortgages. Under the framework announced Thursday, the four participating banks and 27 credit unions have agreed to offer 90-day forbearance periods. Qualifying families won’t have to make lump-sum payments at the end of that period for what they owe. Instead, the institutions will work with borrowers on repayment options. The institutions will freeze late fees for missed payments and won’t report late or missed payments to credit agencies.
Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal money to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following the death of Floyd on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of eligible damages directly related to the fires. Among the structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station. Estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million.
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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