When will East Central Regional Library and its 14 branch locations reopen? In this rapidly changing situation that is COVID-19, they just don’t know yet, as well as when their events and programs will return. They are encouraging community members to watch their website at ecrlib.org and Fa…

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The first strands of sunlight stretched across the Friday morning horizon like a detached bystander, unaware of the anxious uncertainty that had consumed our state for the last week. Yet, it was comforting to see something normal and predictable in a time when so much is not.

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As state and federal officials desperately work to “flatten the curve” and the impact of COVID-19 cases on our healthcare system, many local businesses have experienced the devastating results of an economy that has ground to a halt. 

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An important fact of the coronavirus pandemic is that the highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. There is no evidence yet that older people are significantly more likely to acquire the coronavirus than younger people. But, med…

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The staff at Therapeutic Services Agency extends their care to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some capacity, including those experiencing fear, worry and anxiety; and for those experiencing transitions from routine life with school closures and change in employment.

Hand sanitizers are a great option if you're not able to wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizers have many positives, however, they are not effective if organic matter (dirt, food, or other material) is visible on hands. If your hands are visibly dirty, wash your hands with soap…

Recently, Women Thinking Out Loud announced the Monthly Community Gathering for a Livable Planet was to be held on March 21 at the North Branch Library. This has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

We understand that it is a scary time for many of us. Whether you are entering social distancing, or working tirelessly to care for those who are, or trying to stick to life as usual, it is easy to feel discouraged. While the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus (COVD-19) has driven i…

Federal, state and local officials have been swiftly moving to combat the spread of COVID-19. We urge continued speedy agreement among our leaders as we work together to address this very serious health concern against this new virus.

How to prepare for the coronavirus? Below is what I suggest to some friends I clean for who live in apartments and small townhouses. As well as suggestions for cleaning and sanitation, I am also including ideas for food, banking, etc. Feel free to tailor these suggestions to your own living …

Working in concert with the Minnesota Department of Health and other health care providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Allina Health is making adjustments to our coronavirus (COVID-19) testing procedures to conserve resources for the most critically ill patients and for the safety of our sta…