Good and not-so-good news on the COVID front:   Officials expect Minnesota to tick over the 500-thousand mark for cumulative coronavirus cases, while at the same time hitting two-million COVID vaccine doses administered. State Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann:

“Just like Minnesota’s March weather — spring on the weekend and snowstorm on Monday — these two milestones show that we are making exciting progress, even as we must be prepared for some setbacks.”

Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, and state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm are all under self-quarantine after a member of the governor’s staff tested positive for COVID-19. Walz decided earlier to wait on being vaccinated until his turn comes up.   Commissioner Malcolm says the governor wanted to “role-model the value and the importance of being patient, as we’ve asked Minnesotans to do,” and says she’s “definitely comfortable with whatever decision the governor wants to make.”