MN COVID-19 daily update for March 31; Lyon County sees first case

MINNESOTA - Southwest Health and Human Services released information today, after being notified by the Minnesota Department of Health, that a person from Lyon County that tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the HHS statement, the person is currently out of state and is following all recommendations set by MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HHS stated, “While this is the first confirmed positive case in Lyon County, it is likely that this virus is circulating in all of our communities and we need to act accordingly.”

Worthington Mayor asks people to respect social distancing guidelines

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle, there were multiple reports over the weekend of people not practicing social distancing in regard to the coronavirus and the governor’s order, which he finds concerning.

At Radio Works, we heard reports of kids getting together in big groups for basketball and soccer, people taking entire families to stores, and people holding large gatherings.

Minnesota COVID-19 cases jump to 576; DEED asking people to file for unemployment on certain days based on social security number

MINNESOTA - COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota rose to 10 on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 576, with 24 people hospitalized in an ICU. Just under 19,000 tests have taken place in the state. Two of the coronavirus deaths have been in Martin County, the MDH data states. Martin County now has 23 confirmed cases.

COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in 48 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. Officials have warned that coronavirus is more widespread in Minnesota than indicated by testing, given the limited supply of tests.

State leaders are expected to brief reporters at 2 p.m. on the status of efforts to slow the spread of the disease.

End of an era: Don Dobson retires from radio after more than four decades

Over a career that spanned more than four decades, he dealt with the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Berlin Wall and more. Dan Dobson started a radio career at KWOA in 1974, and is ready to retire. He sat down with Radio Works News Director Justine Wettschreck - in the KWOA studio - to talk about his years in the radio world.