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Does Covid-19 mortality data justify extending the lockdown?

Given the fact that most of Covid-19 deaths are among a specific demographic, it makes sense to focus isolation efforts on the more vulnerable groups while allowing businesses to open. Continuing with the current system in place does not provide extra protection to the most vulnerable groups. What we will end up having therefore is more permanent economic damage and increasing covid-19 deaths. Both of which could be prevented with more targeted efforts and expanded testing....

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Walz’s Covid Coordinator: State Response to Long-Term Care Virus Deaths “Has Not Been Enough”

At the state's daily coronavirus briefing, the top official coordinating Minnesota's response to Covid-19 today acknowledged the strategy that led to the nation's highest percentage of deaths in long-term care facilities as a share of total state deaths attributed to the virus "has  not been enough." To date, 407 of the 508 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Minnesota have been connected to assisted living facilities. "We have been providing them a lot of support. But it’s not been enough," said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. "This is not so much about fixing something that’s broken or deficient as it...

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Dunwoody 3D Printing Instructor Supports Medical Heroes by Designing Ear Savers

As our health care heroes continue to work tirelessly on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, they often find themselves wearing face masks for extended periods of time. But wearing the masks for hours upon end has caused many medical professionals to suffer from ear irritation. In response, Dunwoody College of Technology alumna and current 3D Printing Instructor Jazmine Darden started designing, printing, and donating "ear savers."...

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Does MN have the Nation’s Highest Rate of Covid-Related Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities?

Minnesota has the highest percentage of deaths tied to long-term care facilities as a share of total state deaths attributed to Covid-19 according to currently available date from 30 states posted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a national clearing house tracking the impact of the virus. Through Sunday, some 80 percent of Minnesota deaths attributed to the new coronavirus--338 out of 419 fatalities--were connected to long-term care facilities or nursing homes, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The next closest states were Rhode Island (71%), Massachusetts (63%), Delaware (61%) and Pennsylvania (60%). State health officials say the majority of assisted-living...

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