Coronavirus

CDC Recommends Canceling Or Postponing Gatherings Of 50 Or More People For 8 Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Americans should cancel or postpone all gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. That’s as experts say social distancing is imperative to curb the spread of coronavirus. The CDC says the new guidance applies to conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and any other…

Duluth Restaurants Take Precautions Against COVID-19

As restaurants close across the country, restaurants here try their best to stay open.

DULUTH, Minn.- The President of the Duluth Local Restaurant Association is commenting on how some restaurants in the city are coping with the impacts of people taking precautions and staying home because of the Coronavirus. Currently, all bars and restaurants in Illinois, Ohio, California and Massachusetts have been ordered by their Governors to close to slow the community spread of…

Gov. Walz Closes Minnesota Schools for Two Weeks to Plan for Coronavirus

The two-week period is for school officials and teachers to plan for long-term closures, distance learning.

DULUTH, Minn.- In the most intense step the State of Minnesota has taken in response to the Coronavirus, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order closing all schools in the state starting Wednesday, until March 27th. This comes just two days after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced all schools statewide would close through April 6th. While parents prepare to cope…

Duluth Bethel Alchoholics Anonymous Meetings Suspended

AA websites and other recovery websites have phone numbers of people those struggling can call.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Bethel is temporarily suspending public meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery group meetings at its facility downtown. Fox 21 is told that the Duluth Bethel will reopen the meetings when coronavirus concerns pass. The executive director, Dennis Cummings, says people can still call for help. There is also a list of sponsors and helplines…

Essentia Health and St. Mary’s Hospital Limiting Visitors Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is changing its policy for visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota. Essentia will be restricting visitors to its facilities, including St. Mary’s Hospital, to keep patients and staff safe. There are limited exceptions, and those who want to visit need to call Essentia and confirm if they are allowed in. The healthcare provider is…

St. Luke’s Hospital Says Coronavirus Testing is Limited

DULUTH, Minn.  — St. Luke’s Hospital is warning the community that testing for the coronavirus is limited right now. The healthcare provider said it will not test for coronavirus in people who aren’t showing any symptoms. It will give coronavirus tests to those who think they’ve been exposed to the virus and have the symptoms, such as a fever, cough,…

Customers at Grocery Stores Taking Extra Precautions

Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grocery stores are staying more than busy restocking shelves as fast as they can as people pile their shopping carts with food and cleaning supplies. Customers at Super One on Arrowhead Road are also taking extra precautions including one college student who says she is wearing a mask to protect others. She just returned from Jamaica and…

Trump Calls on Americans to Cease Hoarding Food, Supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies, while one of the nation’s most senior public health officials called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would like to…

5 New COVID-19 Cases in Fond du Lac County Raise Wisconsin Total to 33

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Wisconsin has reached 33, after five new cases were reported in Fond du Lac County. Wisconsin health officials on Sunday reported a total of six new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Fond du Lac County now has the most confirmed cases of any county…

MSHSL Prohibits All Athletic Activities for Spring Sports

This comes just two days after the league proposed limited participation.

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The Minnesota State High School League announced Sunday afternoon that there will be no activities or athletics at any member schools from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, March 27th. This comes after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that all schools in the state will be closed from March 18th to March 27th. The MSHSL’s decision includes…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Launching Curbside Pickup Amid Coronavirus Fears

Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth is launching a new curbside service on Superior Street as the coronavirus spreads. Customers are encouraged to call ahead, pull right up, and Brewhouse staff will bring food and even a growler of beer to their car. Fitger’s Brewhouse is also part of Food Dudes and Grub Hub for people who do not…

Duluth Responds to Coronavirus Concerns

City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area.

DULUTH, Minn. – With coronavirus case numbers on the rise, city leaders say they are preparing for when, and not if, the pandemic strikes Duluth. City leaders have addressed topics like emergency response and how to continue providing reliable utilities in the Duluth area. Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, who is also the city’s emergency manager, addressed the fire department’s role…

Wisconsin Parents Coming to Terms with No School

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed from March 18 through April 6. Parents are now coming to terms with that decision and are busy figuring out how to occupy their children during the time off. One parent in Superior tells he is trying to look at the bright side of a negative…

Wisconsin Reports 27 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin has jumped to 27. Wisconsin health officials on Saturday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that includes four new cases in Milwaukee County. Winnebago County also reported its first case. Two more cases were reported in Waukesha County…

A U of M Student Tests Positive For Coronavirus; UMD Prepares Amid Threats

Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break.

DULUTH, Minn. – A University of Minnesota Twin Cities student has tested positive for coronavirus. So far there are no reports of UMD students having the virus but that’s not stopping the campus from preparing. Leadership at the school is now planning on using online classes after extending spring break. Some faculty have been using various electronic delivery methods and…

Local Restaurants Add More Cleaning Protocols

Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s Eat Downtown Duluth week, restaurants like Zeitgeist have seen a decline as the week has gone on with growing concerns over the coronavirus. Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers. “We have some additional hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes around so that people can…

Lots for Tots Keeping Clean

Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness...

DULUTH, Minn. – Local used goods stores have already been taking precautions when it comes to cleanliness. Lots for Tots is a local shop where items like hats, shoes, and clothes are sold for resale. Store leadership says they personally wash every single item before the item is sold to prevent the spread of disease. “We take all the equipment…

Local Theatre Performances Canceled, Postponed Amid Coronavirus Fears

UWS musical 'Company,' Duluth Playhouse musical 'Spamalot' among canceled productions

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All Broadway shows have been canceled for the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, local theatre performances are being canceled and postponed at universities and other venues in the Twin Ports. Theatre performances require months of work from dozens of cast and crew members. Because of COVID-19, current productions are shutting down, some before they’ll…

Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Respond to COVID-19

Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases.

DULUTH, Minn. – Health experts say many of those with COVID-19 will have either no or mild symptoms, making testing important to identify cases. But testing itself is extremely limited in the state of Minnesota right now. It is done through the Minnesota Department of Health, and is reserved for those who are at high risk. Specifically those who have…

Update: Minnesota Now Has 14 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

(courtesy: MN Department of Health) (FOX 9) – Minnesota now has 14 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state. Five new cases were confirmed as of Friday. The World Health Organization has now declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Minnesota health officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 6. MDH reports 555 people have been tested for…

Live at 2:00 p.m.: Trump Preparing to Invoke Emergency Powers Over Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is preparing to invoke emergency powers as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This is according to two people familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity. It is still unclear precisely what mechanism Trump would use to free up additional federal resources for testing and treatment as well as…

COVID-19 Questions, Concerns Answered by St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Doctor

FOX 21 Facebook Followers Ask Questions Regarding COVID-19, Local Infectious Disease Doctor Shares Answers

DULUTH, Minn. – Questions, comments, and concerns are filling our social media feeds and television screens this week, so FOX 21 Local News wanted to know what our viewers and Facebook followers are most concerned about regarding the spread of Coronavirus, also known at COVID-19. St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Dr. Andrew Thompson stopped by FOX 21 Local News from 7…

LIVE: City Holds Press Conference Responding to Coronavirus Concerns

Speakers: Mayor Emily Larson Shawn Krizaj, Duluth Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health Division Director Dr. Jon Pryor, Essentia Health East Market President Dr. Nick Van Deelen, St. Lukes Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Medicine Physician Commander Smith, U.S. Coast Guard Amy Rutledge, MN Power, Manager Corporate Communications Lee Stuart, Executive Director,…

Robbinsdale Schools Cancel Classes Amid COVID-19 Concerns

The District Was Closed After a Parent Came in Contact With Someone Who Tested Positive

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – One Minnesota school district has canceled classes Friday over concerns about COVID-19, and the Minnesota House has canceled all meetings until Monday. The Robbinsdale Area School District in suburban Minneapolis said it canceled classes and other activities for the day “out of an abundance of caution” after a parent came in contact with someone who…

Conventions Cancel At DECC Amid Coronavirus Concerns; Venue Could Shut Down Temporarily

DULUTH, Minn. — Conventions at the DECC are beginning to cancel because of coronavirus fears.  And if business continues to drop out, the DECC could shut down for some time. “It’s possible that we would shut down, definitely. It depends on how long this goes. We have things we can do in the building to keep us busy. We have…

Duluth Public Schools Stay Prepared for Potential Coronavirus Outbreak

School district now focused on cleaning surfaces and encouraging students and staff to wash hands

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools are making sure they’re prepared should the coronavirus outbreak reach the Northland. School leaders tell us they’re focused on preventative measures now, but they are in constant contact with state and federal officials about if and when more action has to be taken. Because the virus hasn’t been found in this area, the school…

NERCC Suspends Visitation To Prevent Exposure To Coronavirus

All visitation and volunteer services are suspended until further notice.

DULUTH, Minn. – The health and safety of correctional staff and inmates at the Northeastern Regional Corrections Center are becoming more of a priority as the coronavirus threat moves closer to our region. NERCC has about 100 inmates living in their facility. This makes it critical for the institution to find ways to help eliminate exposure to the virus. The…

CHUM Brings In Portable Handwashing Stations In Response To Coronavirus Threat

Handwashing stations are geared to make it easier for CHUM visitors to keep their hands clean.

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM in Duluth is taking the first steps to prevent and delay any potential threat of the coronavirus within its facilities. The organization has rented and installed nearly 10 portable handwashing stations in the shelter and the food shelf to help make it easier for people to keep their hands clean. They are also following guidelines from…

Local Assisted Living Facilities Take Precautionary Measures Against Coronavirus

The CDC says older adults and those with serious health conditions are at a higher risk of becoming sick from this virus.

DULUTH, Minn. – The CDC says older adults and those with serious health conditions are at a higher risk of becoming sick from this virus. This has many nursing homes and care facilities taking extra precautions…but COVID-19 is not the only concern. The flu season also continues to be a major focus. “We go through our own flu season anyway…

Multiple Local Colleges Announce Spring Break Extensions

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is extending spring break for students as they move to alternative modes of delivery for on-campus classes. The 32 colleges and universities that are currently on spring break will suspend classes March 16-22, with class resuming March 23. The five colleges that have spring break scheduled for the week of…

Disneyland to Close Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Disneyland Park Will be Closed Through the End of the Month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland announced that it’s shutting down its California theme parks on Saturday over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be closed through the end of the month though there have been no reported cases of the new virus, the company said in a statement Thursday. It’s closing after reviewing…

March Madness: Conferences Scrap Tourneys; NCAAs in Doubt

The Move Puts an Abrupt End to the Season

(AP) – The NCAA has canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The move puts an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned. The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on but played…

Walz Proposes Banking Most of Surplus Over COVID-19 Fears

(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has proposed banking $1.2 billion of Minnesota’s projected $1.5 billion budget surplus because of the uncertainties over how the new coronavirus will affect the economy. The Democratic governor’s supplemental budget would add only $256 million in new spending on programs to the budget the Legislature approved last…

Nine Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Minnesota as of Thursday

Four New Cases Were Reported on Thursday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota now has nine confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state. Four new cases were reported on Thursday. The World Health Organization has now declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Minnesota health officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 6. MINNESOTA CASES SO FAR Fox 9 reports there are now cases…

Evers Declares Health Emergency; Prep Tourneys Restricted

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus. Evers’ move Thursday helps free up resources to respond to the virus that has been confirmed in five people so far and is expected to spread. Meanwhile, the state’s high school athletics association moved to drastically restrict attendance at remaining winter sports tournaments. That…

Benedicting Living Community Limiting Visitors Due to COVID-19 Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. – Benedictine Living Community is limiting visitors into their Duluth campus effective immediately to help protect the health of their residents. According to a recent press release from the organization, while there is still a lot of unknown information about COVID-19 these precautionary steps will help protect the health of the elderly population that they serve. “The health…

US Capitol Closing to Public Until April Amid Virus Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. Lawmakers, aides, journalists, and official visitors will be allowed into the…

UWS Extends Spring Break, Moves Classes Online for Coronavirus; WITC Weighing Options

UWS moves to online classes until April.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- College campuses in Superior are making adjustments and preparations for the Coronavirus. University of Wisconsin Superior is extending its Spring Break and moving all classes online until April, and WITC is considering alternate delivery modes for classes. “I like staying busy. So part of me, I don’t mind it,” UWS Student Body President Zack Abt said. “It’ll be…

NBA Suspends Season ‘Until Further Notice’ Due to Utah Jazz Player with Coronavirus

Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19

The Spalding NBA official game ball is seen before an NBA basketball game between an NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Matt Patterson via AP) MIAMI (AP) – The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came…

Fourth Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Minnesota

The Fourth Confirmed Case in Minnesota is in Olmsted County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials have confirmed the state’s fourth case of the coronavirus in a person in Olmsted County. That county’s public health department planned a news conference later Wednesday and no additional details were immediately available. The state’s earlier cases involve residents of Anoka, Ramsey and Carver counties. The state earlier this week set aside $21 million…

WHO Declares That Virus Crisis is Now a Pandemic

ROME (AP) – The World Health Organization is declaring that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. The assessment comes as Italy is weighing even tighter restrictions on daily life and has announced billions in financial relief to cushion economic shocks from the coronavirus. Premier Giuseppe Conte says he will consider requests to toughen an already extraordinary lockdown. The…

University of Wisconsin Madison Suspending Face-To-Face Instruction

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced on Wednesday that they will be suspending spring semester face-to-face instruction due to coronavirus concerns. According to a message from the Chancellor posted to the University’s website on Wednesday, the suspension will be effective Monday, March 23 and will continue at least through Friday, April 10. Additionally, students are being asked to…

Minnesota Confirms Third Coronavirus Case, Patient in Critical Condition

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Health Department confirmed the state’s third coronavirus case Tuesday. According to officials, the person is an Anoka County resident in their 30s who was likely exposed through contact with international travelers. The patient developed symptoms Feb. 28 and sought health care on March 9. Samples were collected from the person and sent to the MDH…

Minnesota Legislature Speeds $21M in Coronavirus Money

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Legislature has voted unanimously to earmark nearly $21 million to reinforce the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz praised lawmakers for “working in a totally nonpartisan manner” shortly before the  64-0 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democratic-controlled House passed the bill soon afterward,…

Duluth Fire Chief Details City’s Response if Coronavirus Hits Northland

Fire Chief said not to panic, but expect the virus in the County at some point.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the second case of Coronavirus was discovered in Minnesota on Sunday, the City of Duluth says it has what it is calling a pandemic plan that could be utilized should the need arise. According to Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, the city is closely monitoring the virus on the local, state, and national level. They are also…

$21 Million in Coronavirus Money Passed by Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Senate voted 64-0 to approve $21 million to reinforce the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The House is poised to follow suit quickly so that the bill reaches Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. The Democratic governor says he’s pleased at how lawmakers are working in a “totally nonpartisan manner.” He spoke to reporters shortly…

Midday Update 3-9-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, March 9, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Chief Meteorologist Anthony Peoples for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, March 9, 2020. Categories: Community, Coronavirus, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, health, Local News, midday update