COVID-19

Gov. Walz says he isn’t ready to issue a shelter-in-place order yet

BY: - March 23, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is not yet prepared to join his counterparts in states like Ohio, Michigan and California who have issued shelter-in-place orders, but he said Monday such an order here would likely have to span at least several weeks to be effective. Walz, who has already taken steps like closing dine-in services at […]

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Gov. Walz suspends evictions as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

BY: - March 23, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered a statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the peacetime emergency to help curb the spread of COVID-19. “We’re asking people to stay home as much as possible,” Walz said during a news conference. “We can’t make this work (if we) have people on the streets. It would […]

Sen. Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized; Walz exposed; Flanagan’s brother dies from COVID-19

BY: - March 23, 2020

The coronavirus has reached the highest levels of the Minnesota government, afflicting the families of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.  Klobuchar announced that her husband, John, received a positive test result for COVID-19 Monday and has been hospitalized in Virginia.  In a statement posted on Medium, she shared that […]

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Minn. landlord group says members should halt evictions through May

BY: - March 23, 2020

A trade group representing nearly 2,000 landlords in Minnesota is asking its members to halt evictions, late fees and rent increases through May to help ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus and slow its spread. The guidance comes as Gov. Tim Walz considers ordering Minnesotans to shelter in place, which could come with an […]

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Hennepin County moves 130 homeless people into hotels for COVID-19 protection

BY: - March 21, 2020

One hundred thirty people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County have voluntarily moved into separate living quarters in hotels just four days after the county board unanimously approved spending $3 million on isolation and quarantine spaces. So far, the county has contracts with two area hotels and is working on securing more spaces as the need […]

Minnesota sees first death from COVID-19

BY: - March 21, 2020

A Ramsey County resident in their 80s is the first known person with COVID-19 to have died in Minnesota, the Department of Health reported Saturday. The person died on March 19 and had contact with a family member who had previously tested positive and had a history of international travel. “Gwen and I extend our deepest […]

Walz considering allowing restaurants, bars sell alcohol with takeout food orders

BY: - March 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday provided a glimmer of hope to restaurant owners struggling with the closure of dine-in options, saying he’s considering allowing the sale of alcohol for takeout orders.  “There’s a very strong online presence to ask me that,” he said. “We’re looking at trying. Every suggestion is being brought up and I […]

Spread the word: Here are resources to help you through COVID-19

BY: - March 20, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and worldwide has disrupted daily life from work to school and travel. The Reformer has compiled a list of resources available for Minnesotans as they adjust to live during the pandemic.  We’ll update this list as we learn more. If you have ideas for us, contact [email protected] Employment  Information […]

Walz announces YMCA child care program; MNSure open enrollment

BY: - March 20, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz announced a pair of initiatives on Friday aimed at alleviating health insurance coverage needs, as well as addressing child care concerns for front-line workers laboring to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, March 23, uninsured Minnesotans can enroll for health insurance through MNSure.org for a 30-day period ending April 21. […]

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Who can cancel evictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

BY: - March 20, 2020

Cities and states across the country, including Minnesota, have temporarily halted evictions as health officials urge people to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the short term, judges in Minnesota have stopped hearing new eviction cases, except for those involving domestic abuse or personal safety. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea […]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reach 115

BY: - March 20, 2020

One-hundred-fifteen people in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, the state announced Friday, up from 89 the day before. A total of 3,856 people have been tested, an increase of 818 tests — about 26% — from Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials say the number of confirmed cases is likely an […]

The COVID-19 pandemic could be ‘devastating’ in rural areas

BY: - March 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is not hitting greater Minnesota as early or as hard as the metro yet, but rural health care systems may be ill-equipped to deal with the outbreak, with fewer health care workers and hospital beds than cities. One-third of Minnesota counties — all of them rural — have fewer than about 25 […]