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[Star Tribune, June 18, 2020]   Minnesota state health officials received a long-awaited shipment of an experimental antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19 patients Tuesday that could benefit 180 to 325 patients. The drug, remdesivir, which is donated by the manufacturer and distributed by federal and state governments, is still in short supply even though it was approved for emergency use May 1.
June 18, 2020
[Star Tribune, May 31, 2020]   People with serious heart problems have been getting the wrong message about avoiding the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are at greater risk of dying as a result, doctors say. People experiencing signs of possible heart attack like chest pain and shortness of breath should contact their doctor, call 911 or go to the emergency room — even in the middle of the pandemic.
May 31, 2020
[Star Tribune, May 24, 2020]   Most people sickened by COVID-19 survive, but in serious cases, the experience is harrowing, the effects linger and the long-term health risks aren’t clear. Minnesotans need to understand the consequences, survivors say, particularly as many grow restless with restrictions designed to slow the pandemic.
May 24, 2020
[Quad Community Press, May 19, 2020]   As of June 1, the ambulance service in Lino Lakes is set to change. The Lino Lakes City Council has now taken action so that it has a say in what that change looks like.
May 19, 2020
[New Ulm Journal, May 14, 2020]   A Minnesota National Guard flyover above the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Wednesday paid tribute to the frontline caregivers and first responders of the pandemic. Two C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota National Guard approached from the southeast passing over NUMC staff and hundreds of spectators.
May 14, 2020
[Owatonna People's Press, May 01, 2020]   The use of Allina Health’s Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids websites has increased dramatically since Minnesota schools were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free sites provide tools for teens to manage stress and lessons for younger children on nutrition, physical fitness and mind-body balance.
May 01, 2020
[Star Tribune, April 29, 2020]   Tim Sielaff, MD, PhD Chief Medical Officer Allina Health Delays of nonessential surgeries in Minnesota have caused anxious waits for patients needing treatments that sound a lot more serious than the word “elective” might imply. The good news, doctors say, is a delay in the surge of COVID patients combined with an increase in testing capabilities is creating a chance to get more procedures done in the near term.
April 29, 2020
[Star Tribune, April 23, 2020]   Subtle shifts in the color of blood as it moves through a dense network of blood vessels can be a potent clue that a person has COVID-19, even if other signs of physical problems are absent. That realization has set off a national buying spree for optical medical devices called pulse oximeters, which can clip onto a finger or earlobe and detect color variations to tell how much oxygen is in the blood.
April 23, 2020
[ABC Newspapers, April 16, 2020]   Mercy Hospital is a quiet place these days. “It depends on where you are in the hospital, but for the most part, in the hospital it’s very empty,” said Daniel Steffen, Mercy’s vice president of operations.
April 16, 2020
[ABC Newspapers, April 14, 2020]   The Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians donated 2,000 N95 masks to Mercy Hospital on April 8. Representatives of the AMCP gathered outside the hospital’s Unity Campus in Fridley to move boxes of medical supplies and speak with journalists.
April 14, 2020