What’s big, has wheels and is red all over?

You might have seen them already: Duluth Transit Authority buses wrapped in red.

One of two Duluth Transit Authority buses that call attention to heart disease.

The advertising on the two 40-foot buses is sponsored by Essentia Health and carries messages about heart disease. A DTA dispatcher said the buses — Nos. 295 and 297 — first went out on their routes on Wednesday evening. But they were specifically intended to call attention to Friday’s “Go Red for Women” day, Essentia Health spokeswoman Maureen Talarico said.

“Go Red for Women” day reminds us that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association.

But we’ll be seeing the buses through St. Valentine’s Day and beyond — the contract is for three months, Talarico said.

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The harsh winter is holding on, but perhaps the back of the flu season is broken.

The Minnesota Department of Health today reported “regional” outbreaks of flu in the state during the week that ended Feb. 1. That’s a downgrade after a number of weeks of “widespread” activity.

The numbers: 90 people hospitalized in Minnesota during the week that ended Feb. 1, compared with 118 the week before. Total for this winter’s flu season: 1,011.

For the second straight week, Northeastern Minnesota was the state’s hardest-hit region. But that amounted to only seven of us being hospitalized with the flu.

School outbreaks were way down, to six from 23 the week before. That’s a statistical measure that doesn’t mean the schools had to be closed.

The best news is that neither Minnesota nor Wisconsin has reported a pediatric flu death so far this season.

You can see the report for yourself here:

I’m looking for small business owners and/or employees in Northeastern Minnesota who have had experiences — good, bad or ugly — with MNsure. You can contact me at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

 

 

 

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