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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...

Governor extends stay-at-home order until May 18

Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay-at-home order through May 18 in a press conference April 30. Retail businesses can open on May 4 for curb-side pick up, according to Walz.

Marta Hill, Talia Lissauer, Gabriel Kaplan, and Isabel Kjaer

April 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expand, Gov. Tim Walz said he is confident that Minnesota is doing its best to stop the spread and hopes the extension of the stay-at-home order until May 18 will help slow the spread of COVID-19.  “We're wearing masks. We're not congregating together and that...

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...

Governor closes schools for the rest of the year

Park will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, according to Executive Order 20-41 issued by Gov. Walz. The last day of school for Park students was March 16.

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

April 23, 2020

After announcing school closures through May 4 earlier in April, Gov. Tim Walz announced in Executive Order 20-41 April 23 that schools will continue distance learning for the rest of the school year. However, Minnesota Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker said the integrity of education will be ...

Game reviews and recommendations

Pictured is the game “Monopoly.” The game is recommended for ages 8 and older, and it is played with two to 10 people with teams.

Adam Gips

March 31, 2020

After feeling bored during this time in self-isolation because of COVID-19, I quickly realized I needed to do something to pass the time. I went in my closet and rediscovered some games full of memories. These are some games I would recommend playing to get through the break. “Monopoly” – ...

Governor announces stay-at-home order, further school closures

Art by Maggie Klaers. For the coming weeks, streets will remain barren as Minnesotans stay home. Governor Tim Walz said he is asking all Minnesotans to stay home if possible. Walz also announced online learning would continue until May 4 and public accommodations such as restaurants would remain closed until May 1.

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 25, 2020

During a conference call March 25, Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesotans to limit their movement outside of their homes to protect those most at risk from the pandemic — this request includes an extension of distance learning until May 4. “There is no magic around a two-week period. We ha...

Governor closes restaurants, bars, other public facilities

Art by Maggie Klaers. At a press conference March 16, Governor Tim Walz announced the closure of in-person services for restaurants, bars and other public accommodations beginning 5 p.m. March 17 and until 5 p.m. March 27.

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, and Talia Lissauer

March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 6:20 p.m. March 16. At a press conference March 16, Gov. Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-04 which closes restaurants, bars and other public accommodations for in-person services between 5 p.m. March 17 and 5 p.m. March 27 in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Deliver...

St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

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

Gabriel Kaplan

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 7:15 p.m. March 15. In an update published by the St. Louis Park municipal government, the city announced it will close the Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Recreation Outdoor Center, and the Rec. Center, however, city hall will remain open for the time being.  “...

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to the Echo, St. Louis Park Public Schools will remain closed from March 17 to April 6 in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As of 4:15 p.m. March 15, there are 35 cases in Minnesota, 2,815 cases in the United States and 156,800 infected worldwide with 5,762 dead, according to The New York Times.

March 15, 2020

This op-ed is updated as of 4:20 p.m. March 15. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis Park Public Schools plan to close for nearly three weeks from March 17 to April 6, according to a phone blast sent out March 15. Although this decision should’ve been made sooner, the Echo Editorial Board applauds the district for acting with an abundan...

Fact-checking the pandemic

Art by Maggie Klaers. 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 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:00 p.m. March 15. In hectic times it is easy to give in to the trap of fake news. To counteract this misinformation, Echo asked its Instagram followers to submit questions that we have done our best to answer below. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel f...

St. Louis Park Public Schools announce school closure March 17 through March 27

Art by Maggie Klaers. The St. Louis Park Public Schools announced Park will close beginning March 17. The closure will roll into spring break.

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 11:30 a.m. March 15. In a phone blast, St. Louis Park Public Schools announced schools will stay open March 16 for students and teachers to prepare for the closure which will begin March 17. Teachers and staff will report to school March 17 to prepare for distance learnin...

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