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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), influenza viruses are most common during the fall and winter. Last year — due to physical distancing and other public COVID-19 prevention measures — the U.S. had a lesser flu season than normal. This fall, health experts are anticipating the flu season may return to its normal transmission rate or may be more severe as society returns to normal in-person functions. 

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The Dakota County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to end the county’s local state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a special meeting Tuesday, July 13. The termination of the local state of emergency will not affect any continuing efforts related to the pandemic but will result in the Citizen Advisory Committees having to return to normal meeting requirements.

Even as Minnesotans continue to push back COVID-19 through vaccination and other measures, health officials today said COVID-19 testing will remain a key tool in the coming months to help Minnesota keep the virus at bay. To underscore this point, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is offering updated guidance for who should get tested and when.