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Movies about widespread disease provide parallels to COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) talks on the phone with someone amidst her research to understand the source of the flu-like disease spreading throughout the world. The movie

Ruthie Posada

May 20, 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic underway, several movies characterized by widespread infection have resurfaced as viewers compare and contrast the movies with our current situation. Two movies I’ve recently had the privilege to see are “Contagion” and “Outbreak,” both following doctors and scie...

Minnesota school closures effective March 18 through March 27

Minnesota school closures effective March 18 through March 27

Isabel Kjaer and Talia Lissauer

March 15, 2020

This story is accurate as of 10:00 a.m. March 15. In response to COVID-19, Governor Walz directed the Commissioner of Education to close schools starting March 18 and ending March 27 through Executive Order 20-02. “School closures put burdens on children and families and create disproportion...

COVID-19 case in St. Louis Park

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

Talia Lissauer and Isabel Kjaer

March 14, 2020

This story is accurate as of 10:00 p.m. March 14. According to an update posted to the St. Louis Park Schools Public Schools website, there have been two positive cases in the Park Nicollet system. People in the same facility as the infected are currently at low-risk, according to the CDC. “Both patients were seen and test...

Staff Editorial: New law benefits fight against COVID-19

Patients check into Methodist Hospital March 10. As the spread of COVID-19 continues, lawmakers made the decision to invest over $20 million to plan a statewide response to protect Minnesotans. Through this funding, hospitals will be better equipped to handle the outbreak.

March 13, 2020

After the first case of COVID-19 in Minnesota was announced March 6, state lawmakers have decided to rush $20.89 million to help fund and plan a public health response to protect citizens from the virus. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and House, and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law March...

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