COVID-19: Coverage of the pandemic from MPR News

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COVID-19 danger: People with compromised immune systems are at risk
The threat of the novel coronavirus has become real for many Americans over the last few days and weeks. But for those with underlying health issues, it has been even more intense.
Minnesota DFL, GOP scale back political activity amid coronavirus concern
State DFLers and Republicans are postponing endorsing conventions, effectively suspending decisions in key political contests for a month or more. The DFL is also cutting back on in-person contact with voters.
Public health experts question Trump's ban on most travelers from Europe
A key medical adviser to the president on COVID-19 defends the travel restrictions as "the right public health call." But others dismiss the move as "remarkably pointless" or, potentially, dangerous.
Self-quarantine diary: From drive-thru test to working at home during COVID-19
This week I learned I may have been in close contact with someone at an out-of-town conference who tested positive for the coronavirus. Here’s what I have done since.
Minn. health plans say they will cover costs of COVID-19 tests
People concerned that they may have contracted the coronavirus may not have to worry about paying much, if anything, for tests. But they may see bills for office visit and other costs, depending on their insurer and plan.
March Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirus
The NCAA has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.
NHL suspends season amid coronavirus concerns
NHL officials said they will “pause” the season starting with Thursday’s night’s games given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, adding they hope to “resume play” when appropriate. The Minnesota Wild said it supported the move.
MN health: 9 COVID-19 cases now; no plans to close schools
New cases surfaced in Hennepin, Dakota and Stearns counties. State health officials say that at this point they are not recommending closing Minnesota K-12 schools, but they are bracing the public for more significant changes to daily life.
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