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Cases, symptoms put staff on quarantine with no subs

Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro didn’t need to say it. Her face told all. “It’s been a tough week,” she told the school board Tuesday night during a special meeting. The day before,... Full story


Covid cases continue creeping up in county

Positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County increased more slowly over the past week, rising from 210 on Sept. 9, to 219 total cases on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with still just one death from the virus reported since March. There has been one positive case... Full story


Challenges continue at Cloquet schools

The first day of school, Esko confirmed a case of Covid-19 in a secondary student. This week, Cloquet’s Churchill Elementary reported its first confirmed case — a student with exposure dates of... Full story


Voluntary survey on Covid coming to Esko, Mahtowa

The Minnesota Department of Health has selected areas near Esko and Mahtowa for participation in a voluntary, in-person survey to understand the effect Covid-19 is having on Minnesota communities. There are a number of benefits to participating in... Full story


County Covid cases still on the rise

Positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County jumped to 210 on Tuesday, Sept. 8, an increase of 14 since Sept. 2. People are asked to wear masks in public indoor spaces and maintain social distancing from others, wash hands frequently and/or use hand... Full story


'We need to protect each other'

When Cloquet resident Robert Peacock got sick with Covid-19, he decided to share his experience with the world, blogging on Facebook, calling friends, sharing the unpleasant details of living through... Full story


Coronavirus coordinator visits Fond du Lac

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa welcomed Dr. Deborah Birx, the Whitehouse coronavirus response coordinator, to hear about the Tribe's experience and efforts around... Full story


School days in a pandemic: ready, set, mask

When the Kids Corner child care program opted to make masks mandatory for its summer program, the initial reaction was skeptical, she said. But staff and parents have been pleasantly surprised by how... Full story


Covid numbers still rising

Numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 continue to climb in Carlton County, with case numbers increasing at a more rapid rate as the summer draws to an end. It should be noted, however, that case numbers are still relatively low here. Cases... Full story


Local Covid-19 testing sites

• CMH Raiter Clinic has a mobile testing site in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, but a doctor’s order is necessary before testing. Call 218-879-1271 to talk to a doctor. They will also accept orders from doctors outside...


Facilities remain on list

Two Carlton County senior living facilities — Cloquet’s Evergreen Knoll and New Perspective in Cloquet — remain on the state list of congregate care facilities that have reported a Covid-19 exposure at the facility. Exposure is defined as a... Full story


Teenager brings comfort to mask wearing

While some 14-year-olds keep busy playing video games or watching movies during a pandemic quarantine, Cloquet's Ryan Huls has taken up a more productive hobby. In the midst of the global pandemic,... Full story


State wants to ramp up saliva tests to meet demand

Faced with demand for more Covid-19 tests this fall, the state is using $14 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to build capacity by doing up to 30,000 saliva tests daily. The strategy relies on a saliva-based test developed by Vault Health... Full story


County reports first death from Covid-19

While the statewide rate of positive Covid-19 cases appears to be slowing in the wake of the mask mandate, Carlton County reported its first resident death from the disease earlier this week. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the perso... Full story


County schools continue reopening scramble

There are outliers among Carlton County schools, those that won’t be coming back this fall with all of their students. So far, students in Esko, Carlton, Cromwell-Wright, Moose Lake and Barnum will likely go back to school en masse next month if th... Full story


Cloquet waits for up-to-date numbers on Covid-19

As confirmed cases of Covid-19 continue to climb in Carlton County — rising by 15 over the last week — the Cloquet school district is still 10 days away from making a final decision on exactly... Full story


State Covid-19 case counts keep rising

Minnesota’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to head the wrong way, with counts of people currently hospitalized and needing intensive care rising to levels not seen in six weeks. The Health Department Tuesday reported 328 people still hospitaliz... Full story

 By Rick Breuer    COVID-19    July 31, 2020

Guest View: Here's why hospital backs mandatory mask wearing

From a health care perspective, a mask ordinance is a good idea. Multiple studies have shown that wearing masks helps reduce transmission of Covid-19. There are many tools in our toolbelt to help us combat this virus. Examples of these tools are... Full story


Mask order passes in Cloquet

Hours after the Cloquet City Council voted to require face coverings by Aug. 1 in all public indoor spaces in the city of Cloquet, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that a statewide mandate would begi... Full story


Cloquet care worker diagnosed with Covid

An employee of Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet tested positive for Covid-19 last month, and the Cloquet nursing home is now on the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of congregate care facilities “with Covid-19 outbreaks.” Community... Full story


Masks rundown

Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday finally issued a rule Wednesday requiring people to wear masks or face coverings in public indoor spaces in Minnesota. More than half of U.S. states have issued similar mandate... Full story


Why a mask?

Studies have shown that masks limit the spread of the coronavirus by blocking respiratory droplets that can travel through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or even just speaks. There’s also strong evidence to suggest that masks help protect oth... Full story


Exceptions to state mask mandate

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear masks, but are encouraged to wear them when in public. People who have health conditions, disabilities or behavioral needs that make it difficult to safely wear a mask are... Full story


Free COVID-19 Community Testing in Chisholm next week

The Minnesota Department of Health will be hosting two days of community testing for COVID-19 at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm next week. The testing will be open to everyone, including those without symptoms, and will be free. The...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    July 17, 2020

Wrenshall student recovers from COVID-19

After opening its gym to volleyball practice on July 6, officials at Wrenshall High School had to soon shut everything down as a friend and fellow student of the volleyball players tested positive for Covid-19. Superintendent Kim Belcastro made the... Full story


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