Get ready for Friday, April 3, with a few things to know about the day’s news from The Associated Press. Coronavirus deaths mount in Spain, Italy and New York, while the outbreak throws 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks and sickens more than a million people. Funeral directors in New York City are facing unprecedented demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.
A new report says Minnesota farmers struggled to make a profit in 2019 as bad weather and trade wars combined to keep a lid on incomes for yet another year. According to the annual report from University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota State, median net farm income was up slightly from 2018 but still low at $36,211. Keith Olander of Minnesota State says farming is far from profitable, and Minnesota farmers need a good year. The report found 28% of farms lost money, 45% lost working capital and 46% did not earn enough to cover scheduled debt payments.
HAMLIN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when a helicopter crashed and burned in west-central Iowa. The crash was reported Tuesday afternoon in Audubon County, a few miles east of Hamlin. Authorities say the aircraft hit a power line before it went down. The names of those aboard have not been released. Authorities say the two were from Minnesota. The crash is being investigated.
The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday five more people have died of coronavirus complications, bringing the state's death toll to 17. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb as expected with 70 additional cases announced Wednesday for a total of 689. The median age for those who have died is 84, health officials said. Thirty percent of coronavirus cases in Minnesota are the result of community spread. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with [...]
The coronavirus pandemic couldn't come at a worse time for rural communities across the U.S. that have lost their hospitals. Nearly 200 small-town hospitals have closed nationwide since 2005, often forcing residents to drive much farther for health care. Last year was the worst yet for shutdowns, and officials say hundreds more rural hospitals are endangered by the pandemic. That's because moneymaking procedures like elective surgeries are being delayed and resources diverted because of the viral outbreak. More than 46 million people live in rural areas, and the government says they are generally in poorer health than city dwellers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are scrambling to set up 2,750 new hospital beds across Minnesota for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases. It’s part of Gov. Tim Walz’s promise not to waste the time he’s trying to buy with his stay-at-home order to allow the health system to gear up. The state projects a peak in hospitalizations between mid-May and mid-June. A team is identifying potential alternate care sites that could be converted into temporary hospitals for noncritical patients. Minnesota reported two new deaths Tuesday, raising its toll to 12. The state had 629 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, up 53 [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota students experienced some glitches as they began learning from home as the state tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. Troubles with the popular Schoology learning management system were so numerous that it was trending on Twitter, and education officials asked for patience. Gov. Tim Walz gave the school closing order two weeks ago for the state's nearly 900,000 public and charter school students. They're not scheduled to return to their classrooms until at least April 30. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota rose to 576 on Monday, with one more death for a total of 10.
Get ready for Tuesday, March 31, with a few things to know about the day’s news from The Associated Press. Leaders in places like Serbia, Hungary and Israel are assuming more power while they introduce harsh measures they say are necessary to halt the coronavirus spread. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to 1 million more health care workers are needed for his virus-ravaged city as the U.S. closes in on China’s death toll of 3,300. White House officials are relying on statistical models to predict the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and try to protect as many people as [...]
A wounded Waseca police officer will soon continue his recovery out of state. The sister-in-law of Officer Arik Matson posted an update on his CaringBridge page on Monday. She says Matson has faced a few bumps in his road to recovery, but he's “pushing through!” She says he's been dealing with depression along with his traumatic brain jury. But WCCO-TV reports Matson will fly out of state this week to continue his therapy. His sister-in-law, Nicole, says the facility Matson is currently staying in does not have the ability to provide the care he needs and that he's “stoked” about the [...]
Minnesota reports four new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's death toll from the new coronavirus to nine. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says three of the new deaths were among people who lived in long-term care facilities in Hennepin County. The fourth death was in Martin County, here in southern Minnesota, but was not linked to long-term care. The Star Tribune reports the four deaths are the biggest one-day jump in Minnesota coronavirus deaths since the state's first confirmed case was reported March 6. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 503 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, [...]