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Data shows signs of COVID-19 plateauing in Minnesota

According to Covid-19 data for Minnesota, the numbers seem to be plateauing. This is especially good news since the state is reopening. According to NPR State health officials say 13 more Minnesotans have died from COVID-19, putting the total to 1,249 since the pandemic began. However, the daily counts of people hospitalized or needing intensive care continues to show a recent trend of plateauing. The Health Department on Thursday reported 411 people were currently hospitalized, down 16 from Wednesday and at their lowest level since early May. There were 196 people in intensive care, roughly the same as in the past week and...

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Research finds minority-owned businesses were disproportionately affected by lockdowns

As states are reopening, and are not facing a substantial "surge" in Covid-19 cases, nor deaths, we are now forced to review the damage that the lockdown has caused on so many people`s livelihoods. Businesses have been forced to close with no hopes of reopening, many others have lost so much potential revenue and customers that they are bound to be set back for a long time. As of current, little research exists, illustrating the total damage caused by the lockdown. But a recent NBER working paper, has proven what we knew all along; the lockdown has caused a significant decline...

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A month on from its reopening, the dire predictions for Wisconsin are looking very wrong indeed

Gov. Walz tells us that he needs to keep his emergency powers to protect us from Covid-19. How, then, is he managing to produce outcomes so much worse than in Wisconsin, where Gov. Evers' “Safer at Home” order was junked a month ago? We are incurring all the costs of Gov. Walz' aimless knob twiddling without any positive results to show for it....

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As Minnesota expands re-opening, should people worry?

A lot of states have opened and they have not made it worse for themselves. Even some of the surge that was seen two weeks after reopening in some states has been temporary. So Minnesotans should be more hopeful about the next weeks as things at least go back to normal. Especially considering the fact that the health sector has built up enough capacity to handle an expected surge in positive cases....

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MN border town losing business to WI over shutdown rules

  While Minnesota's bar and restaurant restrictions continue, Wisconsin has been open for weeks. Minnesotans have had enough and are crossing the border to get a taste of pre-COVID-19 life. Stillwater, Minnesota is just across the St. Croix River from Hudson, Wisconsin. In Hudson, good luck finding a dinner table without a reservation, you'll be waiting up to 2 hours. This is normally the busiest time of the year for Stillwater, but with hefty limitations on their bars and restaurants, fewer people visit the town. Joseph's Restaurant in Stillwater is right off of MN-36 that goes right into Wisconsin. Every day, they...

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Minnesota *Still* Has the Worst of Both Worlds With COVID19, Highest Death Rate Per Capita and Highest Unemployment Claims of Any Neighboring State

A month ago, I wrote about how Minnesota was experiencing the worst of both worlds when it comes to COVID-19, with the state having both the highest death rate per 100,000 population, and the highest unemployment claims, as a percentage of the workforce, out of any neighboring state. It appears this statement is still true today despite the fact that each neighboring state has fewer economic restrictions in place than Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MNDEED), more than 758,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment since March 16, 2020. According to the Tax Foundation, approximately 14.2 percent of...

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New health and safety protocols prove burdensome as childcare providers eye reopening

Childcare is essential for the economy. And right now, access to childcare will be a critical factor in deciding when parents will be able to go back to work. It is no secret the industry has faced issues with shortage and high prices before. And these issues are partly a result of too much regulation. It is important that providers keep kids safe. But this is a critical time for the childcare industry. And these rules will do more harm than good to the industry. ...

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