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COVID-19 cases plunge at Minnesota senior homes as vaccinations ramp up


February 10, 2021

GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz had his temperature checked as he entered the Jones-Harrison Residence nursing home in south Minneapolis Tuesday, to highlight the state's progress in vaccinating seniors in long-term care facilities. His temperature was 98 degrees. ] GLEN STUBBE •

Mary Ann Niehoff had waited nearly four months for the chance to scream out a five-letter word.

The opportunity finally came on a bright afternoon last week after group activities - including twice-weekly bingo games - resumed at the New Ulm senior home where Niehoff has been a fixture for the past two years.

The 92-year-old retired beautician, though weakened by months of isolation, let out a cathartic yell of "Bingo!" while waving her sheet in the air. Niehoff won two more rounds of bingo, collecting a banana and 25 cents in winnings, before calling her daughter with the good news.


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