Reporter | Business

Christopher Snowbeck covers health insurers, including Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, and the business of running hospitals and clinics. 

Since 1994, Snowbeck has covered health care stories at four newspapers including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, two daughters and two cats. He graduated from Carleton College as a history major with a concentration in medieval studies. He serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. He's also a runner.


As case counts stabilize, COVID deaths in Minn. are surging

The state reported a record 399 fatalities last week, amid optimism over vaccine development and emerging treatments and concern about hospital capacity.


Minnesota reports 6,337 new COVID-19 cases, 75 more deaths

Since the virus started infecting Minnesotans in March, the state has reported 345,281 positive cases, 18,059 hospitalizations and 3,920 deaths. The "positivity rate" has been holding relatively steady in the past week, but remains higher than doctors want to see.


Study will let some get COVID antibody treatment at home

In partnership with the drug company Eli Lilly, Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth said Friday it would enroll in the study up to 500,000 people across 46 states, including Minnesota, with at least 5,000 patients expected to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment.


Virus surge pushing ambulance transfers 'through the roof'

State data show that ambulances during the week before Thanksgiving handled 780 calls — the highest since the start of the pandemic — where patients tested positive for COVID-19, reported symptoms or said they might have been exposed.


UnitedHealth executive returns after COVID-19 vaccine work

Andrew Witty's return after more than seven months working with the World Health Organization on development of coronavirus vaccines comes as UnitedHealth Group weighs impact of virus.


Minn. reports 9,040 new virus cases, 45 deaths over two days

With the latest figures, which cover two days, Minnesota has now seen 304,023 positive cases, 16,423 hospitalizations and 3,521 deaths since the pandemic arrive here in March.


Minnesota shatters daily record of COVID deaths with 101

With the latest numbers, Minnesota has now seen 3,476 deaths since the pandemic hit in March. "This is a sad development, but it is not a surprising development," Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.


Mayo launches therapy to prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations

The clinic is the first in Minnesota to administer the antibody treatment.


Minnesota reports 6,265 new COVID-19 cases, 51 more deaths

Since the pandemic arrived in Minnesota in March, the state's pandemic tallies include 262,952 positive cases, 14,745 hospitalizations and 3,201 deaths. With the latest numbers, an average of about 13.5% of reported tests have been positive over the past week.


Minnesota hospitals worry despite operating profits

Q3 operating income didn't fully make up for losses earlier this year.