Coronavirus

KUMD is sharing locally-focused information during this COVID-19 crisis. Listen to our stories from Northland Morning and to our new Tuesday and Thursday 10am call-in show that shares updates and lets us connect as a community.

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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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(This episode originally aired March 31, 2020)

Maybe you want to use this time at home to learn a new skill.

Maybe you want to use this time at home to start healthier habits.

Maybe you want to use this time at home to figure out how to keep your family out of your hair.

Whatever your plan, Arlene Coco has a suggestion for that.

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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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Flattening the curve of COVID-19 doesn't mean it's gone away.

That's one of several take-aways epidemiologist Dr. Catherine McCarty wants people to internalize.

Some others?

  • Wear a mask.  You wear it for other people; not yourself.
  • Make sure you distance physically, but not socially.  Stay connected with the people who matter to you.
  • Be kind.

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Native American Community Clinic

Around the middle of May, an article came out in Indian Country Today warning that, even though Native Americans in Minnesota have largely escaped the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, a quote - dire forecast for June  has housing, health care and homelessness advocates bracing for the worst - unquote.

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Sometimes you just can't win.

As public health officials watched the COVID-19 pandemic play out on the east and west coasts, they encouraged us here in the Midwest to social distance and wear masks.

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Museums were already in a time of transition before the coronavirus pandemic shut them down and death of George Floyd brought racism and other "colonial" attitudes - like "cultural looting" - to the forefront of the public consciousness.  How to move forward; how to listen and reevaluate is the challenge now. (Major U.S. Museums Criticized for Responses to Ongoing George Floyd Protests)

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The COVID-19 pandemic is turning out to be a lot more complicated than we thought.

How to stay safe and how to keep other people safe are complicated by issues of what safety really means: having a job? Being able to open your business?

University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Richard Buckalew of UMD is a mathematics professor at UMD, so unless you're pretty math-savvy yourself, things can veer off into the weeds pretty quickly.

But in addition to providing some infographics to help you better understand the math behind social distancing, he's got a lot of interesting things to say about the big differences small changes can make, and how to evaluate the news and claims crowding your social media feeds these days.

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