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Minnesota health leaders warn of COVID-19 clusters at 2 Minneapolis bars – FOX 9

Minnesota health leaders warn of COVID-19 clusters at 2 Minneapolis bars

State health officials are warning people who visited two Minneapolis bars and two Mankato bars, linked to recent COVID-19 cases, to monitor themselves for symptoms.

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)State health officials are warning people who visited two Minneapolis bars and two Mankato bars, linked to recent COVID-19 cases, to monitor themselves for symptoms.

According to health officials, more than 30 cases have been linked to two bars in Minneapolis: Cowboy Jack’s and Kollege Klub.

In Mankato, more than 100 cases there have been linked to bars, particularly Rounders and The 507.

Health officials say anyone who frequented these locations should keep an eye on their health and get tested and seek treatment if needed.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health say they are worried about the lack of social distancing and the use of masks at bars. While younger people might not face as many health effects from COVID-19, health leaders worried about the spread from those patients to family members or others that could be more at risk.

Kris Ehresman with the Department of Health says it’s likely the bars involved didn’t follow state guidelines for reopening.

“One of the things that’s important is that the guidance that we’ve provided for bars and restaurants,” explained Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health. “People need to be seated and they need to be able to socially distance. I think that is really important. I think that in the case of these establishments, that guidance very likely wasn’t being followed.”

Ehresmann says MDH is working with their division that regulates restaurants to make sure restaurants and bars obey guidelines but wouldn’t say if the bars involved with the recent cases would face penalties.

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Coronavirus: Minnesota cases fall despite George Floyd protests – Daily Mail

Early coronavirus testing for George Floyd protesters in Minnesota is showing that one in 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have tested positive for COVID-19 – as a second wave of infections is feared.   

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Minneapolis – and across the country – to protest police brutality in the wake of Floyd’s May 25 death at the hands of white officer Derek Chauvin.

The images of protesters gathering in such close proximity had public health officials urging demonstrators to get tested due to concerns of a potential surge in new COVID-19 infections.  

Early testing of protesters in Minneapolis from last week is now showing a positivity rate of 1.4 percent.

The images of George Floyd protesters gathering in such close proximity following his May 25 death had public health officials urging demonstrators to get tested over fears of a potential surge in new COVID-19 infections. 

Following the George Floyd protests, the average number of new cases has been around 400 a day, which is down from the peak when 700 were reported in the last few weeks of May

The health department set up four testing sites last week specifically for those who had participated in the protests with more than 3,300 people undergoing tests.

Results from about 1,300 of the tests – or 40 percent – carried out at those sites on June 9 and 10 have already come back and show that 1.4 percent of protesters who were tested have been infected with COVID-19.

The seven-day average of positive tests across Minnesota is 3.7 percent. It is higher because it is based on people who have been tested because they are displaying symptoms. 

Currently, more than 417,000 tests have been carried out across the state.  

Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, which means the data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had coronavirus.   

Based on the current number of infections, about 500 in every 100,000 Minnesotans have coronavirus.

The health department breaks the prevalence of COVID-19 in the state by race. That data shows that 1,500 per 100,000 black people in the state have COVID-19 and 177 per 100,000 white people have the virus. 

Health officials warn it is too soon to forecast if the protesters could be the source of widespread community transmission that could result in a spike in cases. 

The decline in infections comes despite a huge increase in testing. The state is now, on average, testing more than 10,000 people per day compared to the 7,500 tests late last month

Hospitalizations across the state are also now decreasing gradually. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital as of Sunday was at 369, which is the lowest since May 1. Hospitalizations peaked on May 28 with 606 COVID-19 patients

Meanwhile, data from the Minnesota Health Department shows that infections and hospitalizations appear to be gradually decreasing across the state even as testing ramps up. 

The latest health data figures shows Minnesota has had 30,471 infections and 1,298 deaths from coronavirus.

The data shows that the pace of the outbreak has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

Following the Floyd protests after his death, the average number of new cases has been around 400 a day, which is down from the peak when 700 were reported in the last few weeks of May. 

The decline in infections comes despite a huge increase in testing.

The state is now, on average, testing more than 10,000 people per day compared to the 7,500 tests late last month.

Hospitalizations across the state are also now decreasing gradually.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital as of Sunday was at 369, which is the lowest since May 1.

Hospitalizations peaked on May 28 with 606 COVID-19 patients.

Minnesota has reported 1,298 deaths across the state from COVID-19. Just over 1,000 of them have been linked to long-term care facilities 

While the rate is relatively low, health officials warn it is too soon to forecast if the protesters could be the source of widespread community transmission that could result in a spike in cases

While infections and hospitalizations appear to be declining in Minnesota, it has been spiking in other states like Florida and Texas as most pushed ahead with reopening and President Donald Trump planned an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Alabama reported a record number of new cases for the fourth day in a row on Sunday. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina all had record numbers of new cases in the past three days.

Many state health officials partly attribute the increase to gatherings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in late May. 

In Louisiana, which had been one of the earlier virus hot spots, new cases were again on the rise with over 1,200 – the most there since May 21.

Nationally, there were over 25,000 new cases reported on Saturday, the highest tally for a Saturday since May 2, in part due to a significant increase in testing over the past six weeks.

Perhaps more troubling for health officials, many of these states are also seeing record hospitalizations – a metric not affected by increased testing. 

Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah all had a record number of patients enter the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69 percent to 77 percent of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.

While Utah’s governor announced last week that most counties there would pause their reopenings, most states are not considering a second shutdown as they face budget shortfalls and double-digit unemployment. Many went ahead with reopenings before meeting government infection rate guidelines for doing so.

New York, the hardest hit state, has utilized health guidelines to instruct its reopening and continued to see all measures of infection drop – new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and positive rates among those getting tested.

However, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New York City and Long Island officials on Sunday that their reopenings were at risk if they do not stop further large public gatherings that he said are threatening progress on curbing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Fears that a second wave of infections is happening – or that states failed to curb their first wave – have prompted health officials to plead with the public to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

Trump still plans to hold his first campaign rally since early March on Saturday in Tulsa, although those attending will have to agree not to hold the campaign responsible if they contract COVID-19.

Trump has refused to wear a mask at a series of recent public events. 

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Minnesota AG says 4 officers will be charged to ‘highest degree of accountability’ – NBC News

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has been appointed to lead the prosecution of any cases arising from the death of George Floyd, said he plans to charge the four officers involved to “the highest degree of accountability that the law and the facts will support.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee before Floyd died, is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25.

The three other officers involved in the incident have not been charged.

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Ellison said on MSNBC that he is not prepared to say whether Chauvin should face greater charges.

“We are reviewing the evidence, and we are reviewing the law, and we are going to charge this case in a manner consistent with the highest level of accountability that the facts and the law will support,” Ellison said.

“I can assure you that we’re taking a fresh look at this,” he said.

Determining potential charges for the other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, will be met with a “similar” process, Ellison said.

Ellison, a Democrat who represented Minneapolis in Congress from 2007 to 2019, stressed that rushing the investigation would not be effective in the long run because he wants to assure he cannot be accused of missing or overlooking any evidence.

“It is essential that this prosecution is viewed as just and fair. I don’t want to have to defend this prosecution from false accusations of rush to judgement or pressure by the public,” he said. “We are reviewing all of the evidence. The public knows some things about the other officers, but there’s a whole body of evidence that we’re still reviewing and so we have to make sure that we look at the facts and the law.”

“This is justice. We’re going on justice and that’s what we’re going to do,” Ellison added. “I know that people are frustrated by the pacing, but I want to assure them that as a person who has dedicated my whole life to civil rights and justice, I am going to pursue justice vigorously, relentlessly, uncompromisingly.”

Elisha Fieldstadt

Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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University of Minnesota Curbs Relationship With Minneapolis Police Following George Floyd’s Death – Sports Illustrated

Two days after Minnesota resident George Floyd was killed after being pinned to the ground by police, University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel announced the school will no longer use the Minneapolis Police Department for large events such as football games, concerts and ceremonies.

Gabel also said the MPD would no longer be used for specialized services, like those provided by K-9 explosive detection units, at other university events.

“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. “As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken. I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety. This will not stand.”

The university’s undergraduate student body president, Jael Kerandi, had issued a letter on Tuesday demanding that the school cut ties with the Minneapolis police department.

“We no longer wish to have a meeting or come to an agreement, there is no middle ground,” Kerandi’s letter said. “The police are murdering black men with no meaningful repercussions. This is not a problem of some other place or some other time. This is happening right here in Minneapolis.”

Floyd, 46, was stopped by Minneapolis police outside of a local grocery store. Video of the scene captured Floyd pinned on the ground as an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately eight minutes. Floyd died soon after the incident.

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday night for their involvement. Floyd’s death has sparked reaction from the sports world. Houston Texans J.J. Watt called the incident “disgusting,” while former NBA player Stephen Jackson took to social media to mourn Floyd, whom Jackson referred to as his “twin.”

“I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting,” Watt said on Wednesday. “I just don’t see how a man in handcuffs on the ground who is clearly detained and is clearly in distress, I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death.”

The Minnesota Vikings also voiced their support on Twitter, as the incident occurred near U.S. Bank Stadium.

“I write to you to express our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice,” Gabel continued. “Our campuses and facilities area a part of the communities in which they reside. University students, staff and faculty are day-to-day participants in the life of every community in this state, and we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain. My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”

Note: A previous version of this story misstated that Floyd formerly played in the NFL. The man who died in Minneapolis on Monday is a different man named George Floyd. SI apologizes for the error.

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2020 NFL Draft: The Minnesota Vikings and Pick #22 – Daily Norseman

With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a week away, I wanted to carry over a bit of our history series for regular season games and take a look at who the Minnesota Vikings have selected throughout their history with the same picks they currently hold in the 2020 NFL Draft. We’ll start with the first selection they have at #22 overall, the pick they acquired from the Buffalo Bills in the trade for Stefon Diggs.

This is also going to be one of the easier ones to do, as the Vikings have only selected at pick #22 once in team history. The guy they got at that pick, however, turned out to be a pretty good one.

Pick #22 is where the Vikings acquired the services of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin in the 2009 NFL Draft. Harvin was the fourth wide receiver off the board that year, behind Darrius Heyward-Bey (#7), Michael Crabtree (#10), and Jeremy Maclin (#18).

Harvin made an impact for the Vikings immediately, as he was the recipient of Brett Favre’s first touchdown pass as a Viking, a 6-yard score in Minnesota’s season-opening rout of the Cleveland Browns. He also had a big 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the “Metrodome Miracle” win over the San Francisco 49ers, making him the first player in Vikings history to score touchdowns in each of his first three career games.

Harvin would go on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for his performance in 2009, a season that saw him catch 60 passes for 790 yards and six scores and add in two kick return touchdowns.

Harvin would play four seasons with the Vikings, with his final season cut short by an ankle injury. He was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 offseason for a 2013 first-round pick, a 2013 seventh-round pick, and a 2014 third-round pick. He finished his career with the Vikings with the most kick return touchdowns in team history with five, a mark that was later tied by both Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels. He accounted for 29 touchdowns in his four seasons in purple.

Can the Vikings get a player of Harvin’s caliber at #22 in the 2020 NFL Draft? It certainly would be nice if they could.

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