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Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will decide whether to strike following what they see as a lack of action from hospital executives during contract negotiations.
Minnesota Nurses Association nurses state low staff levels and retention rates, which put patients at risk, inspired the vote as they continue to negotiate new contracts. Additionally, Essentia Health nurses are writing to the Benedictine Sisters on the Board of Directors, asking them to advocate for staff and patients.
The Miller Creek Medical Clinic is now open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
WE Health Clinic has seen more out-of-state patients than in the past, and St. Luke's OB-GYN Jennifer Boyle said several patients have cited the Supreme Count rulings as reasons for wanting their tubes tied or birth control.

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Previously, the health care system was only scheduling St. Luke's patients.
Essentia and St. Luke's nurses will hold informational pickets outside the hospitals June 21 asking the health care systems to protect patients and fairly compensate nurses in new contracts.
Most of the health care system's phone lines were down for about a week.
Free batteries can be picked up through Friday at St. Luke's Ear, Nose and Throat Associates or any St. Luke's primary care clinic, while supplies last.
Plans for Phase II will be shared at 6 p.m. May 11 in St. Luke's Building A in Duluth.
Evusheld, which contains two types of laboratory-made monoclonal antibodies, is now being administered in some people who are at high risk for COVID-19 infection.

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The RECOVER study, which looks at ways COVID-19 spreads in communities, needs more frontline workers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to enroll.
Tom Collier, of Duluth, found out he has stage 1 lung cancer after a routine chest scan. Because the cancer was caught early, his doctors are optimistic about radiation treatment. More than 15 million Americans who are current and former smokers are recommended to get routine chest scans.
Coffee intake carries both pros and cons when it comes to health.

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