4 Things You Need To Know: March 27, 2021

Here are the four things you need to know for the day (1:27) WCCO 4 Saturday Morning - March 27, 2021

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- Here's a look at the four things you need to know for today. Number one, as more states like Minnesota open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to younger adults, health officials warn the pandemic is still far from over. The CDC director says the seven-day average of deaths continue to hover at 1,000 per day in the US. So far, more than 89 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

- Number two, face masks and hand sanitizer could get you a tax break. The IRS says personal protective equipment bought to combat COVID can be deducted when you file your taxes. Disinfecting wipes count as medical expenses too. You can also pay for them or get reimbursed using a flexible spending plan or medical savings account. The tax deadline is mid-May.

- Number three, a beloved author has died. Beverly Clery wrote more than 40 books, receiving several awards for her work, including the National Medal for Arts. You may have read about Ramona Quimbee, Henry Huggins, or Ralph S. Mouse as a kid. Her books have sold more than 85 million copies around the world. Clery was 104 years old.

- And number four, cocktails to-go. Bars and restaurants in Wisconsin can now sell them after Governor Tony Evers signed that bill into law. It allows for mixed drinks and glasses of wine to be sold to-go as long as they have tamper-evident seals. The law takes effect immediately. Drinks can only be sold for pickup though and not delivery.