Minnesota public schools were ordered to close by Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order on March 15. The closure was later extended and that order included direction for childcare for local emergency workers. Other childcare facilities have not received any orders to close and most are currently o…

The $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package signed last week, officially known as the CARES Act, includes nearly $350 billion for a small business loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. The program is designed to get cash into the hands of suffering small businesses quic…

While the world is in the midst of quarantine, daily life is shaken up and people are relying on the internet to communicate with others, senior living facilities have closed their doors to visitors but are maintaining communication with residents’ families and throughout the facility.

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A lot can change in 48 hours: restaurant staff laid off and hired back, more than 1,000 crowlers of beer packaged in one day, a common scramble to setup online ordering.

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.

After Gov. Tim Walz called for the temporary closure of Minnesota’s K-12 public schools starting March 18, the gears were set in motion at Westonka and Orono school districts to “waste not, want not.”

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.

The continued rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19, no longer a slow creep upward but an exponential increase day by day, has prompted changes at local fire departments as personnel balance the now oft-touted “6-feet” rule of social distancing with some of the basic functions of their jobs as…

Hennepin County and local city governments are taking precautions and adhering to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health with regards to the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak. In doing so, the county has declared a local emergency and ci…

At a time when most of the state has retreated home for work and when schools have likewise turned their students out in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, working parents across the state have had to add makeshift childcare to their job duties. But for those who are on the frontline…

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…

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Get the latest and most accurate government information regarding COVID-19 for Hennepin County at the Hennepin County Public Health website.

With Westonka schools closed as of Monday, March 16, and city governments working to provide as many services as they can while adhering to the social distancing recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, the community responded with a tandem effort to quell fears, provide he…

Starting tomorrow, March 17, at 5 p.m. dining in at any restaurants in Minnesota, as well as the operation of many other businesses where crowds of people typically gather, will no longer be possible for at least the next couple weeks. Following the Minnesota Department of Health’s announcem…

During the COVID-19 outbreak, under guidance from state and federal authorities, local officials have made the following decisions:

Governor Tim Walz today, March 15,  authorized the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will be close…