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 senior home residents struggle to vote amid the pandemic, lockdown rules

COVID-19 has created new barriers to voting for seniors who live in care facilities.


Minnesota Guard called in for virus outbreaks at two nursing homes

The emergency deployments to the Austin and Hibbing facilities reflect a severe staffing shortage amplified by the pandemic.


State lifts curbs on indoor visits to senior homes, but urges caution

Lifting of the lockdown poses fresh challenges for many of Minnesota's 2,100 long-term care facilities, which are struggling to keep the virus at bay amid a troubling increase in cases across the region.


Minnesota starts COVID-19 tests for nursing home inspectors

The state Department of Health ordered the testing last week after the Star Tribune reported that the agency had been sending inspectors into nursing homes and assisted-living centers without first checking them for the virus.


Spike in virus cases keeps Minn. families out of senior homes

Some of the state's largest nursing homes and assisted-living communities have yet to open their doors to visits by family members and outside caregivers, despite new state guidelines.


Minnesota DHS to cut spending, impose layoffs to close shortfall

The state's largest agency is shifting away from operating group homes. The budget cuts were disclosed in a memo to state employees.


Hundreds of Minnesota nursing homes to receive rapid testing kits

The devices, also known as "point-of-care" tests, should help nursing homes move more quickly to treat infected residents and staffers, as well as isolate them sooner before they spread the virus to others.


As cases surge, nursing home inspectors not routinely tested

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the agency intends to start testing staffers who visit long-term care facilities.


Review: 'Soul Full of Coal Dust,' by Chris Hamby

NONFICTION: A New York Times reporter exposes how mining companies and their lawyers rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners sickened with black lung.


Minnesota senior homes struggle with virus test backlogs, delays

Testing supplies have not kept up with surging demand, putting greater pressure on an already stretched system,