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CORONAVIRUS

Some employers to laid-off staffers: Let’s stay in touch

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to maintain ties to the staffers they're letting go so they can more quickly rehire them once the viral outbreak has ...

Evidence healthy people can spread virus

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a ...

Keep CARES 2.0 clean of pork

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Ignore the billionaires; public health comes first

Dick Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo bank, thinks most Americans should return to work in April, urging that we “gradually bring those people back and see what happens.” Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, whose net worth has been estimated at $1.1 billion, recommends that ...

Managing a disaster

I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have ...

Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The coronavirus pandemic has injected anxiety and uncertainty to an already stressful time and ...

Minnesota rushes to add new hospital beds for COVID-19 surge

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials were scrambling Tuesday to set up 2,750 more hospital beds across Minnesota to handle the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks. It's part of Gov. Tim Walz's promise to Minnesotans not to waste the time ...

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

By AAMER MADHANI, KEVIN FREKING and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the ...

Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delay

By MARÍA VERZA and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him. Some experts warn the sprawling country of 129 ...

Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

By COLLEEN LONG, KAREN MATTHEWS and DAVID RISING Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City's streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could ultimately kill more than 100,000 ...

NUACS logs in 1st week of distance teaching, learning

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) began its second week of e-learning on Monday, and thanks to the school’s Chromebook program, students and family are adapting to the changing environment. NUACS Assistant Development Director Tamara Klawitter said the first week of ...

First 2 cases of COVID-19 in Brown County confirmed

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Department of Health has notified Brown County Public Health of two laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brown County. One of the individuals is in their 60s and is hospitalized, and the other individual, in their 40s, is recovering at home. The Minnesota ...

Officers sees fewer calls, stops, less traffic

BROWN COUNTY — While semi truck traffic may be less affected, local and area law enforcement reports fewer calls and traffic and vehicle stops since the COVID-19 stay-at-home request by Gov. Tim Walz last week. “Deputies say there is not a lot of traffic and less activity now. There are ...

Journal office closed to public but paper publishing

NEW ULM — In cooperation with the State of Minnesota’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Journal is closing its business office at 303 N. Minnesota St. to the public during the coronavirus outbreak. The Journal will continue to publish and deliver a paper ...

HyVee reserves online times for at-risk shoppers

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. will reserve one hour of Hy-Vee Aisles Online shopping time slots each day for customers who are considered “high-risk.” Aisles Online is Hy-Vee’s grocery ordering service available at hy-vee.com/grocery/ or via the Hy-Vee Aisles Online mobile ...

2020 Farm Management Profitability Conference is online

LAMBERTON — The 2020 Farm Management Probability Conference is now available to view online free of charge. Since the in-person conference had to be canceled, presenters recorded their presentations for interested producers and ag professionals to view from home. To view the recorded ...

COVID-19 is here; no need to panic

Brown County has its first case of COVID-19. Martin Luther College President Mark Zarling was diagnosed as postive on Monday, the college reports, making it the first confirmed case in Brown County. Zarling had traveled to the Seattle area, which is likely where he was exposed to the ...

Thank you to the brave healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines

To the editor: “You are more ready than you think you are.” A mentor of mine gave me that advice on the eve of my first deployment. From 2005 through 2009, I served as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty in Iraq in which I watched it become a reality for the ...

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

By TAMARA LUSH and CHRIS O'MEARA Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the ...

FBI reaches out to Sen. Burr over stock sales tied to virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. The outreach suggests federal law enforcement officials may be looking to determine whether the North ...