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Minnesota now has 89 confirmed COVID-19 cases

BY: - March 19, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 in Minnesota has reached 89, the state announced Thursday, up from 77 the day before. A total of 3,038 people have been tested, an increase of 276 tests, about 9%, from Wednesday according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials said the number of confirmed cases is likely an undercount […]

Senate Republicans signal decreasing tolerance for Walz executive orders.

BY: - March 19, 2020

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, signalled that his GOP caucus is running out of patience with Gov. Tim Walz’s continued use of executive orders to manage the COVID-19 crisis.  “While we understand the necessity of Gov. Walz to lead in this time of crisis, that leadership should not be unilateral and […]

Lawmakers urged to take action to continue human services programs during outbreak

BY: - March 18, 2020

Health care providers, social service nonprofits and advocates are calling on the Legislature to help them treat people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.   In a letter to legislative leadership, organizations ranging from the Minnesota Nurses Association to M Health and Pillsbury United Communities called for emergency action to expand Department of Human Services programs. […]

Minnesota now has 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19

BY: - March 17, 2020

Minnesota has 60 positive cases of COVID-19, the state announced Tuesday, up from 54 Monday. To date, approximately 2,336 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The cases are spread across 13 counties: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Wright, Waseca and […]

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Mpls. mayor orders restaurants end dine-in service by noon Tuesday

BY: - March 16, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of emergency Monday, ordering bars, restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs to close or limit operations by Tuesday at noon in an effort to curb the outbreak of COVID-19. The city will also stop issuing permits for gatherings of more than 50 people. Minneapolis restaurants can continue delivery, takeout […]

Minnesota now has 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19

BY: - March 16, 2020

Fifty-four people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, the state announced Monday, up from 35 positive cases Sunday. The state has tested approximately 1,893 people for the virus, according to updated figures from the Minnesota Department of Health. Blue Earth County and Benton County both reported their first known cases Monday. Identified cases in […]

Legislature racing to pass hospital funding bill in response to COVID-19; operations curtailed

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature is racing to pass a hospital funding bill on Monday to address the rising need for healthcare services amid a widening COVID-19 epidemic.  State health officials have announced an overnight uptick of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, for a total of 54. The development comes just a day after […]

Gov. Walz budget proposal covers $29 million overpayments to tribes

BY: - March 14, 2020

Tucked into Governor Tim Walz’s $257 million supplemental budget proposal is a line item returning more than $29 million to the federal government for overpayments the state made to two tribes for addiction treatment services. If the Legislature approves, the payments would bring Minnesota a step closer to resolving a year-long saga that has strained […]

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Gov. Tim Walz declares state of peacetime emergency as number of COVID-19 cases grows

BY: - March 13, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials on Friday issued a “peacetime emergency” declaration in response to the widening COVID-19 outbreak, issuing recommendations that call for curtailing large gatherings with more than 250 people. The number of confirmed cases in the state is now 14. Walz sought to project calm, explaining that the emergency declaration […]

Walz unveils scaled-down supplemental budget request amid COVID-19 worries

BY: - March 12, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday unveiled a slender supplemental budget proposal that would leave unspent $1.2 billion amid growing worry about the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and global economy. “What we’re seeing both globally and we’re seeing in other states, I think that probably has tempered expectations to do our No. 1 […]

Minnesota COVID-19 cases grow to 5 as state ramps up efforts to curb outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said they will begin moving toward “community mitigation” efforts following the confirmation of two additional COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to five confirmed cases.  Kris Ehresmann, director of the Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease division, said the state on Tuesday tested samples from 100 patients, including […]

Walz signs $21 million coronavirus response bill; Minnesota confirms third case

BY: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed into law a bill authorizing the state to spend $21 million to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.  The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, sailed through the Legislature Monday, receiving unanimous approval by both the House and the Senate.  The additional funding now brings the state’s […]