Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology in Minnesota for the Star Tribune.

Carlson has covered health care beats full time since 2008, including medical technology, not-for-profit providers and health care legal affairs. His stories tend to blend health care business affairs and patient-focused information.


'Return to work' COVID antibody testing comes with warning

Health officials say the evidence backing test accuracy and protectiveness from antibodies is not yet strong enough. Even the lab companies and hospitals admit they can't offer "immunity certificates" to people who have the antibodies today.


Minnesota cities set their own mask rules to fight COVID-19

Elected officials say requiring cloth masks while in public is an easy and safe to way prevent spread of the coronavirus.


Uptick in ICU numbers, confirmed COVID-19 cases continues in Minnesota

Seven of the eight people whose deaths were reported Friday lived in long-term care facilities.


Minnesotans, nation prepare to celebrate July 4th with COVID-19 cases on the rise

Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm urged Minnesotans to celebrate the holiday primarily with the people in their own households and to consider virtual visits with larger groups.


500 new cases, 13 deaths in COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota

It's only the third report in a month's time to reach the 500s.


Walz is urged to mandate masks in Minnesota in COVID-19 fight

State health officials say evidence is mounting that masks make a difference in slowing COVID-19 spread.


Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz has said the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory testing in Minnesota plateaued in June.


Minnesota deaths up 6, to 1,441, in COVID-19 pandemic

While cases of COVID-19 are growing rapidly in some states, Minnesota has seen fluctuating trends in confirmed case counts of late.


COVID-19 drug price deemed 'reasonable'

Remdesivir cuts hospital stays; researchers still don't know if it lowers mortality rates.


Still in short supply in Minnesota, N95 masks used over and over

3M Co. said Friday that despite doubling its production of N95 respirators this year, global demand continues to far exceed the supply for the entire industry.