Coronavirus

Minnesota Community Vaccination Sites Now Taking Walk-Ins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaccine-eligible Minnesotans can walk in for a COVID-19 shot without an appointment at the state’s Community Vaccination Program locations effective immediately, the governor’s office announced Friday. “We want Minnesotans to pile in the car, walk into a state site and get the whole family vaccinated,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. Walk-ins for Minnesotans…

DECC, Duluth Businesses Prepare for Higher Capacities and Loosed Restriction Following Walz Announcement

DULUTH, Minn.– The latest news from Governor Walz lifting restriction means that bars and restaurants in the Northland could be getting back to normal soon. Here in Duluth, local establishments are ready to welcome in more customers. Event spaces like the DECC, along with bars and restaurants around the city were surprised at how much the governor is loosening restrictions…

Wisconsin Health Officials Order Fraction of Vaccine Doses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) –Wisconsin health officials have ordered only a fraction of their allotted COVID-19 vaccine doses for next week in another sign of plateauing interest in the vaccine. President Joe Biden’s administration announced earlier this week that it would shift doses from states with lower demand to states with more interest. Wisconsin has been allocated 86,580 Pfizer doses and…

Gov. Walz Announces Plan to End COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota by July 1

BY THEO KEITH, FOX 9 ST. PAUL, Minn.-Governor Tim Walz today announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide masking requirement once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older get their vaccine, or by July 1. The announcement comes as more than 2.6 million Minnesotans have gotten their shot…

Minnesota Eases COVID-19 Rules; Mask Mandate Ends by July 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a three-step timeline for lifting nearly all the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by May 28 and dropping the statewide masking requirement no later than July 1, or once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older get their first dose of vaccine. “Our nation-leading vaccination effort has put us in a strong position…

Timeline to End All COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota to Be Announced Thursday

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce Thursday a timeline to end all the COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, his office said in a news release. Walz will give a live statewide address at noon, followed by two Q&As with reporters at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. According to Walz’s office, the governor plans to wind down Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions…

Michigan Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirement for Crowds Under 100

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan late Tuesday lifted an outdoor mask requirement except in gatherings of at least 100 people and in organized contact sports and said teen athletes no longer must undergo regular COVID-19 testing if they are fully vaccinated. Under a revised pandemic order that takes effect Thursday, the state also eased caps on outdoor event sizes and said vaccinated…

St. Louis County, DTA Open Vaccine Clinic at Downtown Transit Center

Health officials hoped to bring the shots to more people, and answer questions to help stop any vaccine hesitancy.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday and Wednesday Duluthians could not only catch a bus at the Duluth Downtown Transit Center — but also get a COVID vaccine there if they wanted. St. Louis County partnered up with the Duluth Transit Authority to open up a clinic at the DTC, the latest in their vaccine outreach efforts. Health officials say they have…

US Extends Face-Mask Requirement on Planes Until September

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is extending the requirement that travelers wear face masks on planes, trains, and buses. The rule was set to expire May 11, but the Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it will extend the requirement through Sept. 13. Children under 2 and people with certain disabilities are exempted. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration says…

COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Trend Up in Itasca County as Vaccine Rollout Continues

Itasca County Public Health Division Urges All Residents to Research and Receive Their COVID-19 Vaccination

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Itasca County Public Health and area residents are reflecting on the gratitude of science after surpassing the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Health Department reports new cases of COVID-19 to continue to rise in Itasca County, especially among residents aged 30 – 50, and school-aged children. As of Thursday, April 29, in the…

Minnesota Department of Health Reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,514  new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Wednesday bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 572,025 in the state. Health officials also reported 22 news deaths bringing the death total to 7,113  in Minnesota. The 22 newly reported deaths included four long-term care residents and one person in their 30s. According…

Wisconsin Reports Just 0.03% Of Vaccinated People Get Virus

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin health officials say that only 0.03% of people who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus have tested positive for COVID-19. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday that the number of so-called breakthrough cases was just 605 out of 1.8 million people who are fully vaccinated. The state’s number of breakthrough cases is higher than the…

Walz to Announce Additional Easing Of Some COVID-19 Restrictions Within the Next Week

RICHFIELD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz hinted Tuesday that he may be easing more of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions soon as the state appears to be coming down from a spring surge in infections and hospitalizations. He told reporters to expect an announcement later this week or early next week. When it comes to dialing back restrictions, the state’s next move…

CDC Says Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Now Go Outside Without a Mask

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday. Previously the CDC had been advising that people should wear…

First-Grader in Southwestern Minnesota Dies of COVID-19

MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials say a young child from southwestern Minnesota has died of COVID-19 complications. Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams says the child, who died Sunday, was a first-grader at Park Side Elementary. Williams says crisis team members will be on hand at the school to support those in need. According to the school district,…

St. Luke’s Seeing Rise in Middle Aged Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19

Hospitilizations Declined in February and March, but Dr. Andrew Thompson Says the Rate is Beginning to Rise Again

DULUTH, Minn. – A recent report released by the CDC shows nearly eight percent, or five million Americans have not received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Andrew Thompson, has mixed reaction to the new data. Thompson says while the number is somewhat cause for concern, 92 percent of adults who have received…

SOS Messages, Panic as Virus Breaks India’s Health System

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has set another record for daily coronavirus infections for the fifth day in a row, at more than 350,000. On Monday, the country reported more than 2,800 deaths, with roughly 117 Indians succumbing to the disease every hour — and experts say even those figures are likely an undercount. The new infections brought India’s total to more…

FDA Inspection Found Problems at Factory Making J&J Vaccine

(AP) – U.S. regulators say the Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures, and had poorly trained staff. The problems resulted in contamination of a batch of material that was going to be put in the shots. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released a 13-page report detailing findings…

Burning Man Mulling Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines for August

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man festival organizers are considering requiring attendees to prove they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 if they move forward with plans to hold this year’s counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert. But they backed off an earlier statement indicating they had already decided to make the shots mandatory. The organizers say they won’t decide for sure…

Minnesota Reports 1,611 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 More Deaths Wednesday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials reported 1,611 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths Wednesday. The state has now seen 560,450 COVID-19 cases and 7,044 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Of the newly reported deaths, two people were residents in long-term care facilities. The ages of those who died ranged…

Wisconsin Schools Receiving $175 Million for COVID-19 Tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin schools will receive more than $175 million in federal funding to pay for school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, students, and staff. The money announced Tuesday is coming to Wisconsin as part of $10 billion the U.S. Department of Health Services announced in March it was targeting to help schools reopen across…

Vaccination Clinic to be Held Thursday for Students, Family Members 16 and Older in Eveleth

EVELETH, Minn. – St. Louis County Public Health will hold a vaccination clinic for high school students and family members 16 years of age or older this week. The clinic will be held on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Eveleth Curling Club. St. Louis County Public Health officials say they will be offering the Pfizer vaccine…

2 Twins-Angels Games Postponed by Minnesota’s COVID-19 Woes

Major League Baseball didn’t immediately announce when the games will be made up.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Twins’ games against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Sunday have been postponed due to Minnesota’s COVID-19 problems. Major League Baseball didn’t immediately announce when the games will be made up. Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements, manager Rocco Baldelli…

Hundreds of Vaccinated Minnesotans Still Contract COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say hundreds of Minnesotans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus became infected with COVID-19, dozens needed to be hospitalized and six people died. Data from the state Department of Health shows the vaccines are highly effective in Minnesota, but that it remains unclear how well they protect against the more contagious variants of COVID-19….

Youth Aged 16-18 Encouraged to Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccination in Itasca County

A Vaccination Clinic Will Take Place Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Even with the pause of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine, the rollout continues to be strong in Itasca County. Public health leaders say only 6.6 percent of the vaccines delivered to Minnesota have been from Johnson & Johnson. As of Thursday, April 15, 78 percent of the 65-plus population in Itasca County has been vaccinated while…

Us Jobless Claims Plunge to 576,000, Lowest Since Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 576,000, a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications plummeted 193,000 from a revised 769,000 a week earlier. Jobless claims are now down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in…

Wisconsin Suspends Johnson & Johnson Shots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials told vaccinators on Tuesday to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot amid fears the shots may cause blood clots. The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended vaccinators pause the shots while they investigate whether the Johnson & Johnson shots are causing unusual clots….

Minnesota Asks Providers to Pause Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Follow Federal Recommendation

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials are advising health care providers to follow the federal recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while federal agencies investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm have scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the site of the state’s…

Essentia, St. Lukes, Douglas County Public Health Department Halt the Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health, St. Luke’s, as well as the Douglas County Public Health Department have all announced Tuesday they will be halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The organizations made the decision following a recommendation from the CDC and the United States Food and Drug Administration while they review six reported cases of severe…

US Recommends ‘Pause’ for J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in…

CDC Chief Urges Michigan to ‘Close Things Down’ Amid Spike

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Michigan should “close things down” to help address surging coronavirus infections. Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s statement Monday comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer instead urges people to voluntarily restrict certain activities. Whitmer wants the federal government to send additional doses to the state, but the administration of…

Pfizer Requests Emergency Use Authorization to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine to Kids Ages 12-15

(FOX Business) – Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it submitted a request for emergency use authorization to begin administering its COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 in the U.S. Along with BioNTech SE, Pfizer has requested authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the hopes that the vaccine will be available to children…

Whitmer Urges Halt of High School Classes, Youth Sports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, all youth sports, and indoor restaurant dining to address a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. She stopped short of ordering restrictions Friday, instead, asking for voluntary compliance. She says high schools should shift to virtual learning, both school and non-school youth sports…

Zeitgeist Leads Vaccination Clinic in Hillside Community

DULUTH, Minn.– Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Steering Team partnered with Essentia Health and other groups Thursday to give out the COVID-19 vaccine. They vaccinated 150 people with the second dose of the Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Along 6th Avenue. Those with Zeitgeist say it was important to have the clinic in…

Minnesota Eclipses 2,500 New Single-Day Virus Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 2,500 new infections on Thursday as more infectious variants of the coronavirus drive case growth across the state. The new cases mark the highest single-day total since January as the state was coming down from the surge in infection cases late last year. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 14 more people have…

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Open Next Week at Wessman Arena

SUPERIOR, Wis. – University of Wisconsin’s Wessman Arena will be the site of a new community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week. The university says the Douglas County Public Health clinic will open Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. and will be run by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. Clinic hours will be Tuesday through Saturday…

New Bishop Named for Duluth Diocese

A new bishop has now been named for the Duluth diocese. The role had been open ever since Bishop Paul Sirba died in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new bishop has now been named for the Duluth diocese. The role had been open ever since Bishop Paul Sirba died in 2019. Pope Francis named Father Daniel Felton to be the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Father Felton was ordained as a priest in 1981 and has served as vicar general and moderator…

Duluth Library Celebrates National Library Giving Day

This whole week is National Library Week and today is National Library Giving Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – This whole week is National Library Week and today is National Library Giving Day. 350 libraries throughout the United States and Canada are celebrating. The goal for the Duluth Public Library is to raise $25,000 by midnight tonight. “I think sometimes people don’t realize that it’s possible to support the library and help improve our services through…

75,000 Visitor Guides Delivered for Visit Duluth

Visit Duluth’s 2021 visitor guides are being delivered throughout the state.

DULUTH, Minn. – Visit Duluth’s 2021 visitor guides are being delivered throughout the state. 75,000 visitor guides were shipped out today to different parts of Minnesota including the Twin Cities. There is a new visitor guide produced every year and they are usually delivered in December. However, with COVID, there were a lot of unknowns, and management at Visit Duluth…

UW Students Who Get Vaccinated Won’t Be Tested For Virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin students who get vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer have to be tested weekly for the virus under a policy that interim President Tommy Thompson calls an incentive to bolster vaccination rates on campus. Thompson says the change he announced Wednesday is designed to maximize the number who get inoculated before they leave…

Minnesota Hospitalizations Climb As Virus Cases Trend Upward

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say nearly 500 Minnesotans are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus as case numbers continue to rise despite the state’s vaccination campaign. About 497 Minnesotans are hospitalized Tuesday, including 114 in intensive care. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the state’s efforts to prioritize vaccinations in populations most vulnerable to the virus could prevent a…

County Seat Theater Showcases Performance

County Seat Theater Company is opening a performance of “Almost Maine” this weekend and it will run through next weekend.

CLOQUET, Minn. – County Seat Theater Company is opening a performance of “Almost Maine” this weekend and it will run through next weekend. This is the second production that the company has put on since the lockdown with the production in February. With restrictions in place, about 40 of the 140 seats are seated. There is also a cast of…

Dry Conditions Fueled Several Wildfires, Experts Give Safety Tips

Dry conditions around the Northland have fueled several recent wildfires and even though rain is in the forecast, experts know fire potential remains high.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dry conditions around the Northland have fueled several recent wildfires and even though rain is in the forecast, experts know fire potential remains high. Around two dozen wildfires have been reported around the Northland over the past couple of weeks. 8 of those happened last Saturday alone. With conditions nice and dry and humidity being really low,…

Fragile Trails During Change of Seasons

With rain moving in and the ground thawing, you’re being urged to stay off any trails that are blocked off to avoid damaging them.

DULUTH, Minn. – With rain moving in and the ground thawing, you’re being urged to stay off any trails that are blocked off to avoid damaging them. Park crews tell us foot and the traffic on a mushy trail can create nasty water trapping ruts when the ground finally dries and that means more work for volunteers who have to…

Minnesota Debuts Vaccine Outreach Campaign Aimed at Workers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday launched an outreach campaign aimed at vaccinating Minnesota workers in frontline industries in the coming weeks. The outreach effort, which is part of a broader statewide “Roll Up Your Sleeves, MN” campaign, aims to connect workers in industries like food service with opportunities to get vaccinated at state-run community vaccination sites. The…

Official: Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is set to announce that he’s shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. A White House official says Biden will make the announcement later Tuesday. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as seniors and essential, front-line workers, the president…