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.

Nursing homes launch aggressive safety measures to control virus

The new safeguards include constant mask-wearing by staff; more aggressive segregation of infected residents and more rigorous screening of workers.

Minnesota details breadth of elder-care coronavirus cases

More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.

In reversal, Minnesota will release names of senior care facilities with coronavirus

Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency will begin publishing the names on its website as early as Friday or Saturday.

Names of care facilities with virus withheld

As deaths mount, pressure is building on the state to release more. The Minnesota Department of Health has cited concerns that releasing names would violate privacy laws.

Minn. DHS orders more than 200 adult day centers for seniors, people with disabilities to close

In a letter sent to providers on Sunday, the agency said staffers providing adult day services are not considered "critical sector" workers.

Families agonize over separation as coronavirus spreads in Minnesota's nursing homes

Many fear the worst is yet to come, and their loved ones will die alone, with no one holding their hand.

Walz orders aim to protect safety net for vulnerable Minnesotans

The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.

Amid COVID-19, Minnesota homeless face daytime closures, nighttime crowds

The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.

Minnesota disability service providers shut adult day centers, leaving thousands in the lurch

More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.

Watchdog calls for stronger oversight of $1B Minn. home health program

Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.