MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time in more than two weeks, no new day-to-day COVID-19 deaths were reported in Minnesota. In its daily update, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday that the death toll remained unchanged from Sunday, when the count hit 70. The last time there was a daily update without a new fatality recorded was March 25.
Here are the latest COVID-19 headlines:
- 7:53 p.m.: The Trump Administration says antibody testing must be free of charge, just like the testing for the coronavirus itself.
- 6:20 p.m.: The Anoka County Sheriff’s office says they would like to help the community with children’s birthday parties and small parades during the pandemic. Call 763-324-5031 for more information.
- 5:27 p.m.: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo warns that Minnesotans may see Minneapolis police officers wearing face masks and coverings.
- 5 p.m.: Minnesota Mental Health Advocates has announced a new program focused on providing mental health support for health care workers, in response to the pandemic.
- 4:10 p.m.: Hy-Vee seeks photos to recognize hometown heroes/essential workers. Learn more here.
- 3:40 p.m.: A bipartisan, open letter urges Minnesotans to support the dairy industry during the pandemic.
- 3:35 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $6.8 million to the Public Housing Authority of Minneapolis, to provide tenant protection vouchers to certain residents. It was the largest award in the country — and the money helps households with relocation or replacement housing when their public housing units are slated for demolition or conversion.
- 3:06 p.m.: Mayo Clinic Laboratories launches serology testing in support of COVID-19 response. Learn more here.
- 2:43 p.m.: Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget announces Gov. Walz and his entire cabinet will take a 10% pay cut during the crisis.
- 2:35 p.m.: A spokesperson for the family of Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother has died after a battle with COVID-19.
- 2:16 p.m.: There are now 3,428 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Monday. Health officials say a total of 154 people have died due to the virus.
- 1:48 p.m.: Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka calls on Walz to lay out plan to reopen Minnesota.
- 1:33 p.m.: The Ordway announces the postponement of the 20th anniversary Flint Hills Family Festival previously scheduled for May 28-29.
- 1:26 p.m.: Legislators and a coalition of local restaurant owners are pushing for a temporary change in state law to allow takeout wine and beer sales.
- 1:03 p.m.: Metropolitan Council to transport essential health workers to care for patients across the region. Learn more here.
- 12:30 p.m. New York surpasses 10,000 COVID-related deaths.
- 12:12 p.m.: Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-35 extending the peacetime emergency in Minnesota for 30 days.
- 11:07 a.m.: MDH reports no additional deaths of COVID-19 for the first time in over two weeks. There are now 1,650 cases and 70 total deaths in the state.
- 9:41 a.m.: A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt has died of COVID-19 complications.
- 9:03 a.m.: HealthPartners is now testing a drug which could treat severe COVID-19 pneumonia patients.
- 8 a.m.: U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpasses 22,000 deaths.
- 7:40 a.m.: Smithfield Foods is closing a pork processing plant in Sioux Falls after hundreds of employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The company says the closure could hurt the nation’s meat supply.
- 7:35 a.m.: “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for COVID-19.
- 5:54 a.m.: Researchers say COVID-19 has killed more than 22,000 people in the U.S.