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COVID-19 remains persistent in Minnesota despite Biden's proclamation that the "pandemic is over." However, severity is down.
The audit did find instances in which Minnesota Department of Health didn't explain variations in awards or follow state criteria for making those grants.
New booster formulated against existing variants, but will improve protection against BA.2.75, state health official says.
The nursing strike of 15 Twin Cities and Duluth hospitals this week appears to have combined with a COVID-19 decline to reduce bed usage.
Union will assess whether walkout and high-visibility pickets built public support and weakened hospital resolve over staffing, pay.
One family's account of hospital care amid the transition to replacement nurses during the strike shows the pressures that hospitals are under.
The protest is scheduled to last until 7 a.m. Thursday. Hospital administrators said last week that they were planning to hire enough temporary nurses to maintain their usual operations but will scale back as needed.
Nurses have asked for pay increases of about 30% over three years to provide incentives to stay in the high-stress profession. Hospitals have countered with increases above 10%, arguing they can't afford bigger raises.
A last-minute agreement could forestall strike, but nurses and their hospitals remain far apart on wage proposals.
Research scientist cautions that recent progress is no guarantee of continued declines in infections this fall.