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CORONAVIRUS

Moritz: Cases strain county’s capacity to contact-trace on it own

NEW ULM — Brown County Public Health will join the South Central Regional Coordination Center to do COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, according to a press release by Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz. Cases in Brown County have grown exponentially and despite ...

COVID-19 cases shoot up again in Brown County

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported 65 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day amount to date, on Monday, Nov. 16. That compares to 44 new laboratory-confirmed cases on Sunday, Nov. 15. Over the last three days, 168 new cases have been confirmed in Brown County, ...

Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is all but certain to get worse because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving. Leaders are closing ...

‘More people may die’: Biden urges Trump to aid transition

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday warned of dire consequences if President Donald Trump and his administration continue to refuse to coordinate with his transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues and vaccine ...

Biden advisers to meet vaccine firms as Trump stalls handoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election. That delayed handoff is especially problematic during a public ...

Virus surge: Schools abandon classes, states retreat

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press School systems in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks, as the ...

GOP backs off from seeking to strip Walz of emergency powers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With coronavirus cases and deaths soaring to record levels in Minnesota, Republican lawmakers backed down Thursday from making another futile attempt to strip Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of the emergency powers he has used to respond to the pandemic. Lawmakers from both ...

Minnesota virus cases climb above 7,000 for first time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 7,228 new cases of the coronavirus, shattering the single-day record set just last week by more than 1,000 cases as the virus continues its unrelenting spread throughout the state. Minnesota health officials reported ...

Texas tops 1 million cases as COVID-19 surge engulfs the US

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Texas on Wednesday became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all restaurants, bars and gyms ...

COVID keeps climbing

BROWN COUNTY — The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Brown County is not slowing down. As of Sunday, November 8, Brown County, Public Health has reported 35 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the county total to 570 confirmed COVID cases. Also, a fifth COVID related death was reported. The ...

Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted Trump

U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. But in places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support. An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of ...

US sets record for cases amid election battle

New confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. have climbed to an all-time high of more than 86,000 per day on average, in a glimpse of the worsening crisis that lies ahead for the winner of the presidential election. Cases and hospitalizations are setting records all around the country ...

Virus spikes in Brown County

BROWN COUNTY — COVID-19 cases have spiked again in Brown County. Since Halloween, the county has seen 57 new cases of the virus, bringing the total COVID cases to 422 as of Tuesday. The 15 latest laboratory confirmed cases are spread throughout age groups; involving two under the age of ...

Pre-election virus spike creates concerns for polling places

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A surge in coronavirus cases across the country, including in key presidential battleground states, is creating mounting health and logistical concerns for voters, poll workers and political parties ahead of Election Day. In Iowa, where both presidential campaigns are ...

More US patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency. Many health systems are opening up records Monday, the original deadline. At the last minute, federal health officials week gave an extension ...

NUMC adds in-house COVID-19 testing

NEW ULM — Starting Monday, New Ulm Medical Center will be analyzing COVID-19 tests in house with new equipment that Allina Health has added in all of its regional hospitals. The equipment was installed recently, and staff have been trained on it. The service will be ready to roll out on ...

115 new cases in county this month

By Fritz Busch Staff Writer BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 335. Individuals with new, laboratory-confirmed cases Wednesday were in their 50s and 60s. The update listed ...

Are neighboring states part of rural Minnesota virus growth?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statistics from Minnesota health officials show that the 10 counties with the fastest growth in coronavirus cases since the beginning of October are all in rural parts of the state, many of which border surrounding states. Adjusted for population, the rate of new cases ...

As virus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) — After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S. states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas. New York's new round of virus ...

Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

Facing public skepticism about rushed COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. health officials are planning extra scrutiny of the first people vaccinated when shots become available — an added safety layer experts call vital. A new poll suggests those vaccine fears are growing. With this week's pause of a ...