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Omicron-specific vaccine booster available in MN starting this week

The new vaccine, authorized by the FDA and CDC last week, will be available at the state's Mall of America clinic.

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Government will stop providing free at-home COVID tests on Friday

The government is pausing the tests due to a lack of funding

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Walgreens will offer at-home PCR tests at Twin Cities locations

The program is part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Labcorp.

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MSP Airport, major airlines drop mask mandate after court ruling

Wearing a face mask will be optional in airports and planes.

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Minneapolis Public Schools ends mask mandate, loosen COVID-19 guidelines

The district joins St. Paul Public Schools, which recently voted to drop its mask mandate.

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Wisconsin sees first child death from MIS-C, a rare COVID-related condition

The child lived in southeast Wisconsin and was under 10 years old.

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FDA waiting for 3rd dose data before authorizing COVID vaccine to under 5s

A meeting was scheduled for next week to consider emergency use authorization.

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FDA recalls two rapid COVID-19 tests, citing false results

The FDA has urged people to stop using the CovClear COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and ImmunoPass COVID-19 Neutralizing Antibody Rapid Test.

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Walz Administration will distribute 2 million KN95 masks in Minnesota

The announcement comes after federal officials have updated guidelines to recommend KN95 and N95 masks.

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Omicron may have already peaked in Minnesota

Reported cases lag what's happening in real time, so the newly reported cases over the next week or so will still be very high.

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You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

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Indicators of COVID in wastewater skyrocketing in Twin Cities

Wastewater detection can serve as a predictor for rising and falling case levels.

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11 staff members on leave after refusing Willmar district's COVID policy

The staff members were placed on leave after they "opted not to comply."

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Here's where COVID-19 case rates are the highest in Minnesota

The highest rates can be found mainly in southeastern Minnesota and around the Twin Cities metro area.

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Minnesota firefighter dies from COVID just days after his father

The 42-year-old leaves behind his wife and their 10 children.

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Omicron surge: MN preparing for 'something we've never seen before'

Minnesota may need to bring COVID-positive, asymptomatic healthcare workers to return to work with COVID-19 patients if staffing shortages become severe enough.

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COVID: Minnetonka to consider citywide mask mandate

If approved, it would join Minneapolis and St. Paul in requiring masks.

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Osseo district moves to distance learning; 'extremely high number' of absences

Some schools are down 25% of their staff due to illnesses.

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Wisconsin hospital system reports record number of COVID patients

Wisconsin's seven-day average for patients hospitalized was 1,784 as of Jan. 4.

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COVID-19 hits Minnesota Vikings offensive line

Three starters on the offensive line have entered COVID protocols.