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"If you don't know somebody who has COVID-19, you're going to very soon"

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota is showing up as a hotspot.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, we're hearing about hospitals being overwhelmed with patients and no beds available.

But eight months into COVID-19, people aren't applauding health care workers anymore.  In fact, in some places like the one ER nurse Jodi Doering wrote about in her home state of South Dakota, patients are furious with doctors and nurses and die insisting that coronavirus isn't real.

Everyone is sick and tired of something: students are sick of virtual learning, kids are tired of being isolated from their classmates, people are sick of avoiding restaurants and bars and sporting events and wearing masks ... and health care workers all across the country are just sick and tired of double and triple shifts, living in fear of infecting family members, or getting sick themselves, because if they're gone, who will take care of the rest of us?


Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus Disease page

MN Department of Health's COVID-19 page

Minnesota COVID-19 Response: Dial Back Dashboard

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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