The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that four additional free at-home rapid tests are available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program. This will be the last chance for Minnesotans to get free tests before the program ends.

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board voted at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, 6-0 to finalize boundary changes for its elementary and middle schools. The changes will go into effect for the 2022-23 school year. No changes will be made to any high school boundaries, and the elementary and middle s…

Carver County commissioners, convening Nov. 1 as the county board of health, heard a public health report from Dr. Richard Scott, community health services administrator. It’s a report that is presented generally twice a year.

Education leaders and several recent media reports have raised concerns about significant declines in school math and reading test scores in Minnesota and across the nation.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Sun Patriot Newspapers and sunpatriot.com are discontinuing weekly updates on COVID-19 statistics and will instead move to a monthly update schedule. Watch the Waconia Patriot and Greater Carver County News & Times print editions for monthly updates. Updates will then also…

County commissioners heard a mid-year county health report Tuesday, May 24, from Dr. Richard Scott, Carver County Health and Human Services deputy division director. It marked the first time in at least two years that COVID-19 was not exclusively the point of discussion, although the pandemi…

While the COVID-19 pandemic consumed considerable health care attention and nearly 60 percent of patient beds at Ridgeview Hospital in recent months, the Waconia-based regional medical provider also delivered considerable other services over the past year.

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As the COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop across the country, state and county level, area school districts continue to adapt their mitigation efforts.

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After a receiving a recommendation by Edina Superintendent Stacie Stanley to adjust COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Edina School Board voted unanimously Feb. 14 to revoke the district’s universal mask mandate in place of a “strongly recommended” masking policy.

Morrison County Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Brad Vold couldn’t help but see the irony in what he told the Morrison County Board of Commissioners regarding COVID-19, Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases were down slightly last week after a big surge during the last week in January, but hospitalizations and deaths were back up in Morrison County.

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Several community vaccination clinics are being held throughout Hennepin County as eligibility expands for certain ages and as the COVID-19 omicron variant surges across the state.

The city of Edina, in partnership with Bloomington Public Health and Homeland Health Specialists, will host a free vaccination clinic 2-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Braemar Golf Course, according to a news release.

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The Watertown-Mayer school board spent a considerable amount of time discussing whether or not to approve a vaccination, testing, and face-covering policy at its meeting on Jan. 11 in order to comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued by the f…

Determining it’s not feasible to enact a new mask mandate in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections, the Bloomington City Council chose instead to approve a resolution encouraging the community to follow safety guidance.

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The Anoka-Hennepin School District will continue a districtwide mask mandate in elementary schools due to high absence rates among students and staff as the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus surges in Minnesota.