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Mankato City Council Sets A Public Hearing On An Emergency Ordinance To Require Masks Indoors in Public Places

By |2020-06-29T19:49:09-05:00June 29th, 2020|

The Mankato City Council will hold a public hearing on an emergency ordinance to require masks indoor in public places. The council made the decision in a special meeting Monday night. City manager Pat Hentges explains the procedure for an emergency ordinance. "An emergency ordinance can become effective immediately with a vote of five council members," said Hentges. "The ordinance would be in place for 60 days unless repealed in the same manner or extended by five council members for another 60 days." The public hearing will be held next Monday night. The council turned down an initial motion to establish [...]

Mankato Man Appointed to the State Board of Barber Examiners

By |2020-06-29T17:54:32-05:00June 29th, 2020|

A Mankato man has been appointed to the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appointed Kevin Ayers to the Board. The Board of Barber Examiners oversees the examination, registration, and licensing of barbers, barbershops and barber schools and the enforcement of statutes and rules related to those shops. Ayers' term will begin Wednesday and continue until January first of 2024.

MDH: COVID-19 Testing Volume Up, Positive Percentage Down

By |2020-06-29T16:14:44-05:00June 29th, 2020|

More people are getting tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota and the percentage of those being positive is decreasing. "The seven-day average positivity rate is 4.4 percent," said Malcom. "The volume of testing also represented a 16 percent increase over the prior week." Said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom Malcom says new cases rose just over seven percent per day during that same time period.

MDH: COVID-19 ICU Patient Total The Lowest Since May First

By |2020-06-29T15:49:20-05:00June 29th, 2020|

COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU capacity remain stable in Minnesota. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "278 people are currently in the hospital which is ten less than a day before," said Malcom. "There are currently 140 patients in the ICU, which is the lowest total since May first." MDH reported ten deaths Monday, which was the ninth straight day of ten or fewer COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Governor Walz Thinking About Making Wearing Masks Mandatory in the State

By |2020-06-29T15:34:55-05:00June 29th, 2020|

Will Governor Walz make wearing masks mandatory in Minnesota? The Governor said Monday he's thinking about it. "I often say everything's on the table and that is no exception," said Walz. "That's been a part of the discussion since the beginning of the pandemic." Walz says wearing masks is the quickest way government can ease restrictions on businesses. "If you are for the economy opening up and for restrictions being lifted, the surest way to do that is to wear a mask," said Walz. Walz says he prefers the carrot before the stick approach to encourage people to wear masks

State Reaches “Moonshot” Goal of 20-thousand COVID-19 Tests Per Day, Governor Acknowledges There’s A Lot More Work To Do

By |2020-06-29T15:22:30-05:00June 29th, 2020|

The state of Minnesota says it has reached the Governor's "moonshot" goal of 20-thousand COVID-19 tests per day. Governor Walz acknowledged there's a lot more work to do so. "We're certainly not taking a victory lap," said Walz. "But we're acknowledging the work that has been done to allow us to reach this point. But the virus is here so it's something that we're going to have to manage for a long time." Walz says nearly six hundred thousand tests have been administered statewide since the start of the pandemic.

Judge Says Change of Venue Likely For the Trials of Four Officers Charged in George Floyd’s Death

By |2020-06-29T14:08:22-05:00June 29th, 2020|

A Minnesota judge is warning that he's likely to move the trials of four police officers charged in George Floyd's death out of Minneapolis if public officials and attorneys continue speaking out about the case. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill asked a prosecutor during a pretrial hearing on Monday to use his influence to get public officials to stop talking about the case. If they don't, he says he'll have to move the trial or trials, depending on whether the officers are tried together or separately. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Officer Derek Chauvin held his [...]

Sleepy Eye Woman Injured in a Sunday Afternoon Accident

By |2020-06-29T13:48:11-05:00June 29th, 2020|

A Sleepy Eye woman was injured in a Sunday afternoon accident in Mankato. The Minnesota State Patrol says 53-year-old Tamara Schwew was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato with non-life-threatening injuries. Schwew was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Corey Schwew of Sleepy Eye. The Schwew vehicle and a vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Cameron Batton of Mankato collided at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 14 Sunday afternoon around three-30.

Malcom: There’s Strength in Saying Masks Are Required As Opposed To Recommended

By |2020-06-27T08:43:26-05:00June 27th, 2020|

(Monday) night, the Mankato City Council will consider taking the next steps in potentially requiring masks to be worn in public. The issue has been talked about at the state level as well according to MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "The strength of saying something is required as compared to recommended does matter," said Malcom. "We're talking about that and looking at that quite closely and we're also noting cities and states across the country changing to a requirement to do so." Malcom says there's an increasing amount of data to prove that wearing masks is effective in slowing the spread of [...]

With A Large Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Blue Earth County, Will MDH Send A COVID-19 Testing Team to Mankato?

By |2020-06-27T06:32:45-05:00June 27th, 2020|

With COVID-19 cases rising in Blue Earth County will state officials sent a testing unit to Mankato, similar to what has been done in other "hot spots" around the state? The question was asked to MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom on Friday "We're developing better routine procedures on how to handle hot spots," said Malcom. "There's a team that has been formed and I'm sure they will consult with our epidemiology team to evaluate whether that would make sense." COVID-19 positive cases have increased 43 percent in Blue Earth County in the past week. MDH on Friday linked many of the cases [...]