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Social distancing fun with friends

Art by Emmy Pearson. Since the stay-at-home order has been lifted, friends and families want to get together while still maintaining a safe distance. Some activities that make this possible are bike rides, car circles, hammocking, campfires and picnics.

Emmy Pearson

May 27, 2020

With summer around the corner, and the stay-at-home order being lifted, it can be tempting to get in close contact while hanging out with friends. If you want to get together with friends while staying safe and vigilant, here are a few suggestions of ways to have fun while distanced. ...

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Being an essential worker during COVID-19

Ryan Barnett

May 14, 2020

Working as a high schooler is a great idea for any teenager. It’s a good way to meet new people, make some money and gain valuable experience in the workforce. I’ve been an employee at YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka since September 2017. It is a great fit for me, as I can work after school and on weeken...

Breaking down the surge in COVID-19 testing

Art by Emmy Pearson. 
Recently there has been an increase in COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, allowing for more cases to be confirmed in the state.

Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte

May 13, 2020

Minnesota's new $36 million COVID-19 testing strategy has given rise to a new level of confusion surrounding the severity of the virus, the rate at which it spreads and what these numbers mean for the future.  This new plan has the capacity for up to 20,000 people being tested per day, rather than ...

Stay Safe Minnesota: Walz allows stay-at-home order to expire

In a time of social distancing, playgrounds around Minnesota remain empty. Gov. Tim Walz announced May 13 that the stay-at-home order will be allowed to expire May 18 and will be replaced by a Stay Safe order. Walz also signed four Executive Orders aimed at reopening the economy safely.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

May 13, 2020

Protecting public health and economic stability was at the forefront of Gov. Tim Walz’s mind as he signed four Executive Orders May 13 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We believe that we should be able to handle an increase in cases as more people move out and about. We can use what w...

Protesters have reason to be concerned

Protesters have reason to be concerned

Tobias Khabie

April 27, 2020

When Minnesotans took to the streets of St. Paul to protest Governor Tim Walz’s stay at home order after being prompted by President Trump, I dismissed these protesters as nothing more than irrational. However, the issues being protested are ones we should all be aware of. There’s no doubt that stayin...

Step-by-step instructions for homemade masks

Photo illustration by Emily Ziessman. A homemade mask should cover ones mouth and nose tightly as well as lay flat on both sides of the face. Masks should be machine-washed frequently.

Maggie Klaers

April 17, 2020

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recommendation that all people wear some form of face covering in public settings, especially in places where social distancing is difficult, like grocery stores. Amidst the shortage of personal protective gear, the CDC also rec...

Athletic passions continue despite COVID-19 pandemic

Sophomore Henry Nelson runs in the Metro West conference championships. Nelson finished the 5 kilometer race with a time of 19:16.

Henry Nelson

April 8, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, I was immediately concerned about my track and field season and if it was still going to take place. Throughout the school year, I had been looking forward to this year’s season. I had previously joined the Nordic skiing team, in order to prepare an...

Distance learning shifts amid schools closing

Photo used with permission from junior Marissa Boettcher. “This is my setup. I don’t have a desk in my room so I had to get creative. I used two TV trays (idk what they’re called) and put a cute blanket over it. I also decorated with some accessories so that my work space wouldn’t be bland,” Boettcher said. To submit your digital learning set up, send a picture and a few sentences about how digital learning is going to slpecho on Instagram.

Grace Schultz

April 7, 2020

  As schools close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way students learn has shifted to online. According to junior Anna Bauer, online school prompted students to overcome new challenges with distance learning.   One challenge Bauer said she had to overcome is making sure she is managing h...

How COVID-19 compares to previous coronaviruses

Art by Maggie Klaers. COVID-19 is labeled as a “novel coronavirus” but COVID-19 is not the first coronavirus. SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012 are other coronaviruses that have had significant outbreaks before COVID-19.

Colin Canaday

April 7, 2020

COVID-19 has had a drastic effect on society, closing schools, and even some public beaches and pools throughout the summer. A coronavirus is defined as a  “family of single-stranded RNA viruses that … infect birds and many mammals including humans,” according to Merriam-Webster. Although CO...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings

Art by Emmy Pearson. According to a recommendation April 3, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the use of cloth face coverings and continuing to practice social distancing.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

April 3, 2020

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the use of cloth face coverings and continuing to practice social distancing, according to a recommendation April 3.  “Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can b...

Fact-checking the pandemic part two

Art by Marta Hill. As the pandemic spreads, misinformation seems to spreading more and more. Echo seeks to answer your questions and concerns on the virus.

Gabriel Kaplan and Talia Lissauer

March 26, 2020

This story is updated as of 3:30 p.m. March 26. Earlier this month, Echo asked its Instagram followers to submit questions and we did our best to answer your concerns then, and we have reached out again and done our best to answer below. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to co...

Park to begin distance learning March 18

Art by Maggie Klaers. As of March 13, there is one case of COVID-19 in St. Louis Park.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

March 17, 2020

Though the decision to cancel all Minnesota schools March 18-27 due to COVID-19 was not one Governor Tim Walz made lightly, he said the school closures will allow for a smooth transition if long-term cancellations are necessary.  “While children have proven to be less vulnerable to this virus, w...

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