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County cases rising against tide

Carlton County set another record for a one-day jump in Covid-19 cases this week, with an increase of 81 positive tests on Sunday, Nov. 22, continuing the local “exponential growth” of the virus that Public Health and Human Services director... Full story

 

Pandemic has many looking for food options

Minnesotans who have lost their jobs and watched their incomes drop during the Covid-19 pandemic have less to spend on necessities, including food. As the struggle to put healthy food on the table has increased, there is more help available from... Full story

 

Number jumble remains alarming

For several weeks now, Carlton County has seen a surge in its Covid-19 numbers. Not only are the day-to-day numbers of positive cases jumping by alarming amounts — by 81 on Sunday, 77 on Tuesday... Full story

 

Living with Covid takes its toll

Covid-19 couldn't happen to us. We were careful. We wore masks. We avoided crowds. We washed our hands incessantly. We carried hand sanitizer everywhere we went. We are homebodies. We only visited... Full story

 

Shutdown 2.0

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday rolled out a new COVID-19 order that prohibits all in-person social gatherings with people outside your household for four weeks. It restricts bar and restaurant service to takeout and delivery. Theaters and gyms must...  Website

 

County Covid cases still rising rapidly

Carlton County broke another Covid-19 record last week, jumping from a cumulative total of 937 positive cases on Nov. 11 to 1,013 on Nov. 12, an increase of 76 new cases in a day. From Wednesday to... Full story

 

The where and how of local testing

There are two types of diagnostic tests in use across Minnesota: PCR tests and antigen tests. PCR — which stands for polymerase chain reaction — tests are the nose-swab tests or the saliva tests... Full story

 

City offices closed again

As a result of the spike in Covid-19 cases in this area, public access to Cloquet City Hall and other city facilities was suspended starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. The city will still offer all core services, including police, public works, building... Full story

 

County Covid cases surge

Covid-19 is here in greater numbers than ever before, Carlton County, and it's going to get worse before it gets better. How much worse depends on our residents, and how well we heed recommendations... Full story

 
 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Dramatic case rise brings more restrictions

It has been a difficult few weeks in Minnesota, as Covid-19 continues its rampant spread across the state, leaving record-smashing case numbers and a devastating toll of hospitalizations and deaths. Gov. Tim Walz announced an effort Tuesday to tamp d...  Website

 
 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Testing: the why, where and how of Covid tests

State health officials have said for months that accurate and accessible testing is a key tool in understanding and combating Covid-19 in Minnesota. The most commonly administered Covid-19 tests in... Full story

 
 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 13, 2020

Pandemic notes from around the region

Gov. Tim Walz made it clear Wednesday that the Covid-19 pandemic will get worse in the near term before it gets better. “We’ll be unfortunately announcing numbers today: positivity rates above 20 percent and unfortunately we are going to have... Full story

 

Updated: Covid continues to stalk schools

When the 14-day Covid-19 rate in Carton County came in at 20.54 Thursday, Oct. 29 - surpassing 20 cases per 10,000 residents - it meant school districts needed to consider moving all students to a... Full story

 

Carlton County Covid-19 numbers at record highs

While it was notable last week when Covid-19 cases broke a record when they jumped by 21 cases in a day, that was just the beginning. Multiple single-day records have been set in the county since... Full story

 

Esko pastor dies after Covid battle

When Jeff Walther was transferred to the intensive care unit at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, he was greeted by nurse Amanda Valentine. She would spend 16 hours with him that day as the... Full story

 

Halloween "as usual" is not a good idea

With a full moon and above-freezing temperatures predicted for Saturday, it might have been the perfect Halloween. Except we're in the middle of a pandemic and heading into a long cold winter with...

 

County Covid-19 rates continue to climb

Carlton County saw its second death from Covid-19 this week — Esko pastor Jeff Walther — along with a sharp rise in the number of positive cases. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health... Full story

 

Tricks or treats

Minnesota Public Radio spoke with Dr. Beth Thielen, an adult and pediatric infectious diseases physician at the University of Minnesota medical school, and John Jost, who runs the city of Anoka’s annual Halloween celebration, about the ways the... Full story

 

Covid-19 cases surge in state

Covid-19’s toll in Minnesota continued its grim ascent Tuesday with the Health Department reporting 15 more deaths, nearly 2,200 more cases and a record number of hospitalizations. Newly confirmed cases were up on relatively low testing,... Full story

 

Despite rise in positive cases, Cloquet schools won't change learning styles yet

Although positive Covid cases in Carlton County are rising rapidly, Cloquet schools plan to stay the course for at least another week. On Thursday, the number of positive Covid cases in the county crossed the 20 per 10,000 mark -- the point at which...

 

Board moving with and prepping for Covid case rate

Esko school district officials are living the adage that “change is the only constant in life” as they have consistently been adapting protocols this year to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Their newest plan revision, decided on at Monday... Full story

 

Northland schools sound Covid alarm

Carlton County school superintendents were among 35 different school districts in the Northland to send a heartfelt message to residents Friday. Help us keep kids in school, they said. Wear your masks... Full story

 

Pandemic impacts school enrollment numbers slightly

Enrollment numbers are down slightly in Cloquet, and superintendent Michael Cary said he's blaming the usual culprit these days: Covid-19. In a discussion with Cloquet school board members Monday, Car...

 

Schools continue dance with Covid

Some local schools are reacting to a rise in local Covid-19 cases with a change in learning styles, while others are holding steady, largely because they started the school year doing something other...

 

Covid cases up in Carlton County

Positive Covid-19 cases are on the rise statewide and in Carlton County, with 320 cumulative positive cases reported Wednesday, up from 286 the week before. Carlton County has still reported only one death from the virus since March. Anyone who has...

 

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