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Glenn Howatt has been with the Star Tribune since 1990 where he has specialized in health care reporting and data journalism.

Howatt is a recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for a series of stories exposing deaths of children in under-regulated day care homes. He was also a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting for a series on Minnesota's dehumanizing treatment of the disabled. He also received the Gerald Loeb Award in 2011 for reporting on the debt collection industry and in 2015 for reporting on the home health care industry, which also received the 2015 Barlett and Steele Silver Award. He holds a master's of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied urban geography. He also has a journalism master of arts degree from the same institution where he specialized in the use of Census data by newspapers.

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.

Minnesota launches four-week free COVID-19 testing

Public health officials are now watching to see whether the opening of schools will translate into more cases.

643 new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota; 3 more deaths

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State health officials look to avoid 'twindemic' of COVID, flu

The start of flu season this fall comes with a heightened concern about a "twindemic" — a surge of COVID-19 cases amid a severe flu season. Health officials are doubling down on efforts to get more Minnesotans vaccinated for influenza.

Minnesota DHS accused of 'toxic environment' for workers of color

DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead says she's aware of the concerns and is putting programs in place to make the DHS "an anti-racist organization."

638 new cases, 3 more deaths reported today from COVID-19 in Minnesota

Daily total hits 638, but hospitalizations remain stable, officials said.

COVID-19 plasma therapy, backed by Mayo research, will reach more patients

Trump's emergency-use order will ease access to unproven virus treatment.

Minnesota COVID-19 cases top the 70,000 mark

Minnesota has 717 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths

Two Minnesota agencies probe missteps at East Bethel treatment center for children and teens

Investigators from the Health and Human Services departments were on site in East Bethel last week to identify and address the problems.

Minnesota health officials seek $35M for COVID-19 contact tracing

The state health department will ask the Legislature for more resources to continue interviewing those who test postive for COVID-19 and their close contacts.