Minnesota

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Featured image Minneapolis boy mayor Jacob Frey is concerned that Governor Walz is enjoying all the action. He means to get in on it. Frey has now ordered face masks to be worn by those over the age of 2 inside all places of public accommodation, effective next week. Noncompliance is subject to a $1,000 fine. Who was that unmasked man? We are about to find out. The rest of us will »

Coronavirus in one state (46)

Featured image Listening to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and his team announce Walz’s eagerly anticipated but extremely disappointing new edict on bars and restaurants at his press briefing yesterday (video below), I had the thought that we have reached the San Marcos phase of emergency rule as depicted in Woody Allen’s Bananas. “Hear me! I am your new president. From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish,” »

Media access in one state

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s Collin Anderson reports on my exclusion from the daily COVID-19 press briefings by the state authorities in “Minnesota governor stonewalls conservative journalist.” Working on the story, Collin elicited statements from the governor’s office and from the Minnesota Department of Health regarding my exclusion. By contrast, my inquiries have elicited the sound of silence, so we’re getting somewhere. Collin forwarded the responses to his inquiries for my »

Coronavirus in one state (45)

Featured image Today is a big day in this series and perhaps in the coverage of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The Star Tribune is featuring a story on what I have been calling the nursing home crisis roughly since I began this series. Chris Serres reports “Minnesota nursing homes, already the site of 81% of COVID-19 deaths, continue taking in infected patients.” Subhead: “Nursing homes accepting infected patients, even as death toll mounts.” »

Was it something I asked?

Featured image The Minnesota Department of Health originally included me in its daily press briefings upon my request. They sent me notices with the call-in information, they took my questions by email, and they provided written responses. My questions focused on the nursing home crisis implicit in the data. I wondered why Governor Walz had instituted a statewide shutdown when the crisis involved a limited at-risk population. On April 27 I submitted »

Coronavirus in one state (44)

Featured image Yesterday the authorities reported 9 new deaths, bringing the total to 731. The 9 new deaths came with the age breakdown to which we have become accustomed: three decedents were in their 90’s, three were in their 80’s, two were in their 70’s, and one was in his 50’s. Eight of the 9 new decedents were residents of long-term care facilities, bringing that total to 595. The share of long-term »

Coronavirus in one state (43)

Featured image As I noted yesterday, Minnesota Model 3.0 projected 1,441 deaths due to COVID-19 when it was released this past Thursday (May 14). Getting to 1,441 deaths would require 50 or so deaths a day through the end of this month. Yesterday the authorities reported 22 new deaths, bringing the total to 722. The daily average so far this month is just over 22. With something like a team of thousands »

Coronavirus in one state (42)

Featured image Minnesota Model 3.0 projected 46 or so deaths a day through the end of this month when it was released on Thursday. Yesterday the authorities reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total to 700. The new model predicts 1,441 deaths by the end of May. I will withhold further comment on it at this point. The 17 new deaths came with the age breakdown we have continued to see: six »

Coronavirus in one state (41)

Featured image Yesterday the state authorities attributed 20 new deaths to the COVID-19, bringing the total to 683. Seventeen of the 20 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths to 554. The share of all such deaths now comes in a hair over 81 percent, by my calculation. The age breakdown of the 20 new decedents follows the pattern we have observed to date. »

Coronavirus in one state (40)

Featured image At yesterday’s press briefing (audio below, at about 40:00), KSTP TV’s Tom Hauser reiterated his question regarding the share of all Minnesota deaths attributed to COVID-19 that derive from long-term care facility residents and others with significant underlying medical conditions. When first asked two weeks ago Tom’s question elicited the answer I have continued to state and emphasize in bold: 99.24 percent. Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Diseases Director Kris »

Coronavirus in one state (39)

Featured image Yesterday was a big day in Minnesota’s continuing ordeal of the epidemic. Before turning to the developments that made the day big, I want to update the data I have been following in this series. The state authorities reported 24 new deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 638. Seventeen of the 24 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths »

Coronavirus in one state (38)

Featured image In their update to the data yesterday the state authorities reported 23 new deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 614. Nineteen of the 23 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 501 and raising the share of all such deaths to 81.5 percent, by my calculation. The age demographics of the new deaths more »

Coronavirus in one state (37)

Featured image State authorities updated the COVID-19 data at 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning. They reported 13 new deaths that they attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 591. Eight of the 13 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities (not including one whose residence is given as unknown/missing), bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 482 and raising the share of all such deaths to »

Coronavirus in one state (36)

Featured image As usual, state authorities updated the COVID-19 data at 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning. They reported 20 new deaths that they attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 578. Sixteen of the 20 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 464 and keeping the the share of all such deaths at slightly in excess of 80 percent. »

Coronavirus in one state (35)

Featured image In the updated data released yesterday, the Minnesota authorities attributed 24 new deaths to COVID-19, bringing the total to 558. If my arithmetic is right, 15 of the 24 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 449 and slightly lowering the share to slightly in excess of 80 percent. The median age of all decedents remains 83. »

Coronavirus in one state (33)

Featured image When I first tuned in to the data emerging from the progress of the COVID19 epidemic in Minnesota, it quickly became clear that we had a misrepresented nursing home crisis that had been invoked to justify a devastating statewide lockdown. Katherine Kersten expands on this point to great effect in the Star Tribune column “Minnesota must recover from its pandemic of fear.” The share of total COVID19 death to all »

Coronavirus in one state (32)

Featured image The government’s daily briefings have come to resemble life in lockdown. Every day is like yesterday. It’s hard to tell the days apart. The Minnesota Department of Health ran yesterday’s briefing. Governor Walz was otherwise engaged. Commissioner Jan Malcolm ran the show and fielded questions along with Infectious Diseases Division Director Kris Ehresmann. They took several questions about nursing home fatalities. I have posted the audio recording below. Long-term care »