Reporter | Social Services

Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune.

Serres writes about issues affecting society's most vulnerable populations, including the poor, elderly, mentally ill and people with cognitive and physical disabilities. He is married and has two children, Dominic, 12, and Emmanuelle, 10. He has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years.

Minnesota ramps up COVID-19 testing in nursing homes

More than 10,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been tested.

Extra food assistance extended to 350,000 poor Minnesota children

The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.

4 Minnesota nursing homes with outbreaks cited for serious violations

The state Department of Health found the homes placed their residents in "immediate jeopardy."

Despite toll, nursing home residents are still sharing rooms

In Minnesota and nationally, the deadliest clusters of the coronavirus have tended to be in large, multistory nursing homes with people doubled up in rooms and separated by curtains.

Minnesota seniors, disabled still battling isolation, despite loosening of restrictions

Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.

Despite toll, nursing homes are still taking in infected patients

The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

'Every hour is a battle': Minn. nursing home worker shares front-line challenges

For the past two months, there has been little respite for workers.

Officials seek to contain growing Camp Quarantine in south Mpls.

Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.

Death toll climbs to 55 at New Hope nursing home hit by virus

The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.

New Hope nursing home with deadly COVID-19 outbreak cited

More than 40 residents at North Ridge Health and Rehab have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.