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March 26, 2020
M Health Fairview recently began transforming Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul into a 90-bed, COVID-19 specialty care facility to meet the specialized care needs of an expected influx of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks. John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul facility converted into COVID-19 crisis hospital
March 26, 2020 - 4:15pm
March 25, 2020
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Forum News Service
Mayo Clinic doctors comfort a nation with their rendition of ‘Imagine’
March 25, 2020 - 8:26pm
A Sanford Health laboratory technician prepares a specimen for testing to determine whether a patient has COVID-19. This week Sanford developed the capability to perform almost 400 coronavirus tests daily, one of the steps the provider has taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sanford Health / Special to The Forum
Planning for a COVID-19 surge: Fargo hospitals adding beds, getting supplies from state stockpile
March 25, 2020 - 6:00am
March 23, 2020
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Sanford launches its own coronavirus lab testing; Cass County faces backlog of 270 tests
March 23, 2020 - 7:41pm
Brian Lovdahl, CEO of CCM Health, second from left, meets Monday with the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners to discuss  plans for adapting the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton to hold COVID-19 patients needing hospital care. Clockwise are, commissioners Jim Dahlvang and Dave Nordaune, Auditor/Treasurer Michelle May, and commissioners Matt Gilbertson, Dave Lieser and Jeffrey Lopez.
Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune
Three west central Minn. counties prepare to convert former Appleton prison into hospital for 559 COVID-19 patients
March 23, 2020 - 7:35pm
March 21, 2020
This image shows a microscopic view of the COVID-19 virus. (Courtesy photo)
FDA authorizes first rapid 'point-of-care' test for coronavirus
March 21, 2020 - 9:16pm
Vacant Appleton prison could become COVID-19 care center
March 21, 2020 - 5:58pm
A Mayo Clinic employee dressed in protective gear talks to a person at a drive-thru tent set up in the parking lot of the Mayo Family Clinic Northwest on Wednesday afternoon, March 11, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. The license of the vehicle has been obscured to protect individual privacy.  Ken Klotzbach / Forum News Service
Mayo Clinic Labs ramp up for round-the-clock COVID-19 testing
March 21, 2020 - 2:25pm
March 19, 2020
Sanford Health and Alomere Health of Alexandria, Minn., are collaborating on a drive-thru coronavirus testing structure located outside of the Alomere hospital's emergency room. (Lowell Anderson / Forum News Service)
Rural health care providers brace for outbreak surge
March 19, 2020 - 11:04am
March 18, 2020
Carrie Mortrud demonstrates the use of an N-95 respirator at a news conference organized by the Minnesota Nurses Association in  St. Paul, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Nurses from various hospitals spoke of their fears that their respective hospitals are unprepared and unequipped to protect nurses and other health care workers from a worsening situation of infectious COVID-19 patients.  Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota nurses say they lack needed training, equipment for coronavirus
March 18, 2020 - 5:43pm
Minn. dentistry board recommending only emergency care for now
March 18, 2020 - 4:49pm
March 17, 2020
This image shows a microscopic view of the COVID-19 virus. (Courtesy photo)
From Flattening the Curve to Social Distancing: A Coronavirus Glossary
March 17, 2020 - 8:26am
March 12, 2020
The new Sanford Medical Center in southwest Fargo. David Samson / The Forum
Sanford Health restricts visits to its facilities due to the coronavirus
March 12, 2020 - 3:36pm
March 8, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's laboratory test kit for coronavirus. Photo: CDC
Public health departments are key to Minnesota’s coronavirus fight — many are already stretched thin
March 8, 2020 - 5:55pm
March 4, 2020
Rural Minnesota EMS squads are getting virus-fighting spray guns for ambulances. Andrew Nelson / WDAYplay button
Minnesota EMS squads get virus-killing spray guns
March 4, 2020 - 8:37pm