A new study by WalletHub ranks Minnesota the 49th state most vulnerable (or the third least vulnerable) to COVID-19.

The study ordered the states by ranking the medical, housing and financial vulnerability of each state. To do so, it compared every state's share of the population that are 65 years or older, that are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the share of the unsheltered homeless population, and more.

Minnesota was listed as 47 for medical vulnerability, 38 for housing vulnerability and 50 for financial vulnerability. Colorado and Utah were the only states ranked above Minnesota in the study.

On the other side, West Virginia was ranked the most vulnerable state to COVID-19, the study showed.

Brian McDonald. (Submitted photo)
Brian McDonald. (Submitted photo)

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Small Business Administration's state director selected

The director of the Small Business Administration's Minnesota District Office has been decided: Brian McDonald of Minneapolis.

McDonald will manage the strategic efforts and daily operations of the SBA's support throughout Minnesota, according to a news release.

He has experience with the SBA and Minnesota specifically as he has been the SBA's Minnesota deputy district director since 2017. Prior to that, McDonald also spent five years with the SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

Refundable tax credit can be used for military service in combat zone

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds service members to use their refundable 2016 credit for military service in a combat zone. The credit will expire for more qualifying people on Oct. 15, according to a news release.

To qualify for the credit, the service members must have served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area anytime since Jan. 1, 2016; been a Minnesota resident during service, and received combat pay.

Qualifying service members may receive $120 per month or partial month that was served. They may also claim this credit for tax years 2017 to 2019, the release said.

For more information, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us/credit-military-service-combat-zone.