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.

Testing remains important even as Minnesotans get vaccinated

When COVID-19 case counts fall, doctors and public health officials say the importance of finding and isolating asymptomatic carriers will re-emerge as a top priority for ending the pandemic.

No workers' comp paid for COVID-19 claims so far at Minnesota meatpacking plants

None of the claims that have been paid so far are from the state's largest meat-processing plants, where some of the Minnesota's biggest workplace outbreaks occurred.

Scientists look to Twin Cities sewers to find COVID variants

Minnesota has seen 18 cases of the U.K. variant, two cases of the Brazil variant, and no cases of the South Africa variant, according to CDC data.

Workplace COVID-19 complaints flood state safety agency

Minnesota saw 250% increase over prior year.

Companies still struggling to make enough pandemic supplies

N95 respirators. Rubber gloves. Rapid test kits and swabs. Special syringes. To boost production, the Biden administration plans to use a wartime law that prioritizes federal contracts.

Pandemic takes bite out of state's health care employment

The number of people working in health care — Minnesota's largest industry by worker head count — has dropped 10,000 since the start of the year.

COVID test used across state may offer clues about new strain

The manufacturer of a test used at community testing sites across the state says the test may offer an important clue that a more infectious COVID strain is present.

Goodbye nasal swabs: Minnesota expands saliva testing capacity

Starting this month, the Minnesota Department of Health is eliminating nasal-swab testing at its 20 "barrier-free" COVID-19 testing sites, and moving to collecting only saliva samples. The state's at-home tests will remain saliva-based.

As pandemic year winds down, mental health concerns rise in Minn.

Seen as the pandemic's possible "next wave"; experts offer ways to help.

Company will surrender counterfeit N95 masks to be destroyed

Supply Link officials said they were conducting an investigation to determine who was behind the fake masks.