Minnesota Department of Health

LIVE: Governor Walz, health leaders provide COVID-19 update ahead of Labor Day weekend

The press conference will be held Thursday at 3:15 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and state health officials will be providing an update on the COVID-19 pandemic as Minnesotans prepare for the long Labor Day weekend and the coming fall. Joining Walz will be Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University…

WATCH: MN Department of Health update on COVID-19

State of Minnesota COVID-19 situation update The Minnesota Department of Health and other state agency leaders provide an update on coronavirus cases in the state and Minnesota's response. https://bit.ly/2XvFJXO Posted by Fox 9 on Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported 629 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases the…

Gov. Walz issues statewide mask mandate to begin July 25

Minnesota becomes one of 30 states to issue mask mandates.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order on Wednesday requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks indoors. The mask mandate goes into effect on Saturday, July 25. The mandate affects everyone except children five-years-old and under and people with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that makes it difficult to wear a mask. Anyone caught willfully violating…

Minnesota ICU patients with COVID-19 drops to 3-month low

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–The number of coronavirus patients in Minnesota intensive care units has dipped to a three-month low. The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 103 patients in intensive care, a total last seen April 16 in the early weeks of the pandemic. It also reported 249 total hospitalizations, continuing a downward trend from a peak in late May. The…

88 Amazon workers in Shakopee test positive for coronavirus

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP)–State health officials say the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee has one of the larger coronavirus outbreaks in a warehouse or distribution plant setting. At least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers have tested positive for the disease caused by the virus. Another 99 workers at other Amazon sites in the Twin Cities have also tested positive since…

Department of Health warns Minnesotans about COVID-19 contact tracing text scam

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Department of Health are warning the public about text scams related to COVID-19 contact tracing. Contact tracing is used to slow the spread of the virus by contacting infected individuals to determine who may have been exposed. Those individuals are then contacted and told to watch for symptoms and self-isolate. Officials…

Minnesota Records 17 More COVID-19 Deaths

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported 17 new deaths from COVID-19 Saturday as the state’s death toll from the disease rose to 869. Minnesota also recorded more than 700 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases the state has seen so far to 20,573. There are currently 553 people hospitalized for COVID-19, with 207 of them in the ICU–a new…

Minnesota COVID-19 Deaths Increase to 591, Nearly 80 Percent in Long-Term Care Facilities

More than 58 percent of patients confirmed to have COVID-19 have now recovered.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported 13 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 Monday and 528 new lab-confirmed cases, bringing the state’s death toll from the disease to 591 and the total number of positive cases to 11,799. Of the 591 deaths, 472 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are currently 452…

Minnesota Surpasses 10,000 Positive COVID-19 Cases

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota’s total COVID-19 case count surpassed 10,000 on Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 723 additional COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths bringing the totals to 10,088 positive cases and 534 deaths. Of the total number of positive cases, 473 are currently hospitalized and 5,697 no longer require isolation. Clay County makes up for 229 of the total…

Minnesota Reports 24 New COVID-19 Deaths

  (FOX 9) – Minnesota reported 24 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 Saturday as the state’s death toll from the disease rises to 395. Minnesota reported 498 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. There have now been 6,228 positive cases of the coronavirus in the state. Of the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Minnesota, 2,397 are patients who have recovered and no longer need to be…