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Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older; COVID-19 boosters shots are available for people 12 and older.
Following an internal change at the clinic allowing vaccinated employees to work without masks in areas of no patient contact, the clinic's expansive Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center now allows members to work out without face coverings for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
More than 430 people are hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19, an increase of about 80 from a week ago, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of deaths has increased in recent weeks, too.
While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be waning, more than 400 people have been hospitalized with the disease every day since May. The number of deaths each week has been three dozen to four dozen in recent months.
Midway through the pandemic’s third year, the changing measures of the COVID-19 outbreak have made it trickier to understand how much coronavirus is circulating and the prospects for another surge.
From the editorial: After all, Congress spent the summer wrangling over the Inflation Reduction Act, a $700 billion-plus bit of legislation that is big on boosting clean energy jobs and reducing carbon emissions. One would think it could spare a fraction of that to keep apace on fighting COVID-19 and monkeypox.

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have fallen in recent weeks, but 6,400 people contracted the coronavirus, more than 400 were hospitalized and several dozen died in the most recent weekly update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of cases would be higher if home test results were included.
COVID-19 numbers held steady in the west central Minnesota region throughout the last week, with 544 new cases and three deaths reported in the 11-county region tracked by the West Central Tribune.
From the commentary: There is a fine line between denial and acceptance, between learning to live with the risk of COVID and refusing to acknowledge it. We're walking that line right now, as a country, and it's a dangerous one, especially for our fellow Americans who are at high risk because of comorbidities. For their sake, as well as for our own, I'm shopping for masks again. Maybe something new? Black to match the rest of my wardrobe?

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