People walked into the COVID-19 test-to-treat site at the Starlite Center in Brooklyn Park.

COVID-19 levels, variant growth stay persistent in Minnesota

A fast-spreading coronavirus subvariant appears to be pushing COVID-19 levels up in Minnesota — as it has in warm-weather U.S. states this summer — but not hospitalizations and deaths so far.
A woman received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles on March 31, 2022.

Scientists try to keep up with faster COVID-19 evolution

July 20
The Food and Drug Administration must decide, based on rapidly shifting information, which variants to target with updated vaccines.
Joanna Kraus entertained her children Cal, 15-months, and Cora, 3, with art at their home during their busy morning in Shakopee on Tuesday.

Baby bust followed onset of COVID pandemic in Minnesota

July 19
Births declined substantially in winter 2020-2021, roughly nine months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and Minnesota's lockdown measures in response.
Analysis of wastewater for COVID-19 activity can help show a more complete picture of infections when there isn’t as much information available from

Testing wastewater for COVID, other viruses goes mainstream

July 16
The analysis helps show a more complete picture of infections when there are gaps in data from official diagnostic tests.
Coronavirus material in Twin Cities wastewater declined slightly over the past week.

Coronavirus variant BA.5 makes up 64% of viral load in Twin Cities wastewater

July 15
Wastewater monitoring shows rising presence of a coronavirus variant causing an uptick in COVID-19 elsewhere in the U.S.
Jet Thammavongsa, COVID test administrator, issued a rapid test June 9, at the COVID-19 test-to-treat site at the Starlite Center in Brooklyn Park, Mi

COVID-19 levels stable in Minnesota, rising in U.S.

July 14
Weekly update shows no substantial COVID-19 uptick in Minnesota following July 4th weekend, but a viral variant is raising concerns.
Travelers waited in long lines at a security checkpoint in Denver International Airport Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Denver.

Experts rue simple steps not taken before latest COVID surge

July 13
With new omicron variants again driving COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths higher in recent weeks, states and cities are rethinking their responses and the White House is stepping up efforts to alert the public.

US regulators OK new COVID-19 shot option from Novavax

July 14
The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice as the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared Novavax shots for adults.
St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul finds a way forward as pandemic drags on

July 9
In a way, Mickey's Diner mirrors the rest of downtown St. Paul: recovering, but slowly and in some cases pivoting in a new direction.