The Minnesota Department of Health reports 4,487 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 19 newly-reported deaths. There was one death in the Northland. The report today includes data from Friday through Wedneday.
Child care providers across Minnesota are upset they're not eligible for the state's COVID-19 “hero pay” program. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that about 6,450 child care providers who operate out of their homes will likely miss out on the $750 bonuses, if they're sole proprietors rather than limited liability companies.
Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency can start applying for bonus pay on Wednesday. Lawmakers approved $500 million for the frontline bonus checks. Around 667,000 Minnesotans are expected to be eligible for the payments.
After two years of pandemic restrictions, travel demand is back, but airlines and airports that slashed jobs during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to keep up. The head of Europe’s biggest airline warned the turmoil would last all summer.