Covid-19

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Katie Albert is St. Louis County's public health planner overseeing COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

She joins us this morning for a wide-ranging conversation about the County's progress through the first three phases of the highest priority groups for the vaccine, the need for volunteers, and how we find out who's next in line for the shots.

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Dr. Mary Owen talks with KUMD's Lisa Johnson about the first rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. With a death rate in the native American population that is higher than the white population in the U.S., the challenges faced by the Indian Health Service (IHS) include how to distribute the vaccine efficiently, but also how to foster the community's trust in its effectiveness and safety.  

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Earlier this month, twelve of the 17-members of the  MPCA's Environmental Justice Advisory Group resigned after the agency approved a key water quality permit for the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.

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Lee Stuart, CHUM's executive director, is locked down at home with COVID-19.

And yesterday, she had to send out an email saying that CHUM had had its first positive confirmed COVID-19 case in the shelter.

But when you talk with her, she's (perhaps) surprisingly upbeat.

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota is showing up as a hotspot.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, we're hearing about hospitals being overwhelmed with patients and no beds available.

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Back when a pandemic like COVID-19 was more of a theoretical construct, the federal government was running scenarios; "war-gaming," if you will, to work out the best way to respond.

It wasn't just trying to figure out how many ventilators and hospital rooms and PPE would be required, either.

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Efforts to remedy one of the banes of 2020 fell victim to another one in Minnesota this month.

Public health workers, driving marked vehicles and wearing vests and identification, were tasked by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) surveys this month.

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In the COVID-19 pandemic era performing artists have been challenged to discover new ways to share their gifts with their audiences.  Some solutions, like streaming on social media, did not even exist two decades ago. 

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Dr. Catherine McCarty has been our guide through the thickets of COVID-19 since March.

She's an epidemiologist and Associate Dean for Research with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus.

The idea of "herd immunity" is being floated again,  masks are not political - or shouldn't be, the new saliva-testing facility is good news for Minnesotans, and there's some encouraging news about a new use for an old medication (inexpensive and readily available) in fighting the coronavirus.

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St Louis County has $12 million dollars to give away to community organizations, individuals and small businesses.

The federal government has made money available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help organizations that serve populations vulnerable to COVID-19;  individuals in crisis due to the pandemic who might lose or have lost jobs, housing, utilities or transportation; and small businesses that have had to retrofit in order to reopen in accordance with safety guidelines.

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When Larry Weber announced two weeks ago that the Hawk Ridge Raptor Count was starting this past Saturday (August 15), you could almost hear the groan of "No - already?"

The fact is, birds - and visitors - have been amassing at Hawk Ridge for awhile now.

Ironically, the fact that people aren't flying seems to mean they're more interested in watching birds who are.  The normally unflappable counters and other staff are looking at the August attendance - already way up - and trying to figure out how that will play out in September, and how they can keep everyone safe.

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Anyone who's ever watched a science fiction movie knows, when the mayor bursts into the lab and demands results right now because the Governor is on the line, something Bad is going to happen in the lab.

Luckily for us, despite the clamoring of the world for a COVID-19 vaccine, there are many layers of good science protecting us from something being rushed to market before it's been adequately tested.

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St. Louis County's announcement Tuesday that 15 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported was surprising for a lot of reasons.

For one thing, it was one of the first times the new cases weren't connected to an outbreak in a congregate living facility, like longterm care.

For another, nine of the 15 cases involved people under 30.

Now begins the work of "contact tracing."  It's too early to have exact information but it seems that travel out of Minnesota may have played a part.

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