Minnesota Department of Health

4th Case of Coronavirus in Minnesota Confirmed in Olmsted County

No details regarding the patient have been released.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 9)–A fourth case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in Minnesota, this time in Olmstead County. No details regarding the patient have been released. The Minnesota Department of Health will hold its daily briefing on the coronavirus at 1 p.m. and Olmsted County will hold a press conference on the new case at 1:30 p.m. The…

43 Flu-Related Deaths in Minnesota this Season

MINNEAPOLIS–Health officials say influenza remains widespread throughout Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly report, six more people have died from the flu, bring the total number of deaths this season to 43, including one child. The department says there have been 182 hospitalizations and 87 school outbreaks in just a week. Categories: Health, Minnesota News Tags: DEATHS,…

MDH: CDC Testing Samples from 2 Minnesota Patients for New Coronavirus

The CDC has confirmed two cases of the deadly coronavirus in the U.S. so far

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9)–The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday it has sent in two samples from patients in Minnesota to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested for the new coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China. The CDC has confirmed two cases of the deadly coronavirus in the U.S. so far—one in Washington State…

Minnesota reports First Child Death of Flu Season

A total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials are reporting the first child death of the flu season. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, a total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season. The number of people hospitalized due to the flu has topped 1,200 this season, with…

Six Deaths Related to Flu Outbreak in Minnesota

None of the deaths involved children.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials say an outbreak of early flu strains has contributed to the deaths of six people. There were 60 cases of flu-like illness reported to the state last week. That’s a five-fold increase from the week before. The Department of Health says the flu continues to spread statewide, with cases reported in every region. It has…

Rabid Kitten Bites Three People in Otter Tail County

A course of preventive action has been recommended for the people exposed to the virus.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–State animal health officials say an Otter Tail County kitten who bit three people, including a young child, has tested positive for rabies. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the kitten’s owner saw a skunk attacking the kitten on her farmhouse porch last month. She recalled seeing blood and bite marks on the kitten’s leg. The farm…

Minnesota Reports 1st Flu Death of Season

Four school outbreaks were reported last week.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota has reported its first flu death of the season. The Minnesota Department of Health says it was an adult who died. So far no children have died of influenza in Minnesota this season. Health officials say flu activity was sporadic in Minnesota during the week that ended Saturday. Preliminary reports show 19 people in Minnesota have been…

Minnesota Reports 2 More Vaping Related Deaths

Minnesota has 73 people with confirmed or probable cases of lung illness due to vaping.

MINNEAPOLIS–Minnesota health officials are reporting the state’s second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping. The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One had vaped several products including THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. The other patient had vaped unknown products in…

New Survey Shows Surge in Vaping by Minnesota Young People

Minnesota now has 55 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the jump among 8th graders was even more significant, with 11% reporting vaping in the preceding 30 days, nearly double the 2016 figure….

Minnesota Health Experts Urge Flu Shots as Soon as Possible

The flu vaccine is recommended for almost everyone six months of age and older.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Health officials are urging Minnesotans to get flu shots as soon as possible. Jennifer Heath of the Minnesota Department of Health says the flu season could begin anytime. Only about half of the people eligible get the flu vaccine. If more people got immunized, she says, fewer people would get sick, even people who don’t get vaccinated. The…