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 […]

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Minnesota’s congressional delegation adapts to the new normal while delivering help to people back home

BY: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — If I start to feel sick, should I go to the emergency room to get tested for COVID-19? Is it safe to touch my daily newspaper or receive package deliveries? Are you sure this is really that big of a deal?  Those were some of the questions asked by over 7,000 people who […]

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. […]

Minnesotan stranded in Guatemala after country seals border to contain COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - March 18, 2020

Andrew Jacot, a St. Paul architect and travel junkie, is currently stranded in Guatemala after the country’s president abruptly announced Monday that he would be sealing the nation’s borders for at least two weeks. “From tomorrow, we will be cut off from the rest of the world,” President Alejandro Giammattei said in a national televised […]

Even optimistic COVID-19 scenarios mean Minnesota hospitals will be overrun, data show

BY: - March 17, 2020

Minnesota’s hospitals are not prepared to handle the COVID-19 epidemic, according to data from the Harvard Global Health Institute. Although the state has identified just 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, far more people will fall ill in the coming months, experts believe. The number of people requiring hospitalization here could drastically exceed […]

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 […]

Legislature passes COVID-19 package in the middle of the night; recesses

BY: - March 17, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers early on Tuesday unanimously voted to make $150 million in grants available to healthcare providers to prepare for a surge of patients because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency legislation came together quickly, with legislative leaders announcing on Monday that they would negotiate details of the bill to ensure Minnesota hospitals and medical […]

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Hennepin and Ramsey counties authorize $4.8 million for quarantine spaces for homeless

BY: - March 17, 2020

Hennepin and Ramsey counties will spend up to $4.8 million to provide space for isolation and quarantine for homeless people and others who need it as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grows every day. As the Reformer reported Monday, homeless shelters are ill-equipped to stop the spread of the virus. Communal meals, lack […]

Gov. Walz orders temporary closure of bars, restaurants and gyms as COVID-19 cases rise

BY: - March 16, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered the temporary closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and other places of public accommodation throughout the state no later than Tuesday at 5 p.m. Restaurants will not have to close entirely; under the Walz executive order, restaurants can continue delivery and takeout services, but state health officials have issued […]

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Daily Reformer: A COVID-19 travelogue

BY: - March 16, 2020

Good morning. (Sign up to receive Daily Reformer to your in-box here.) The Legislature will effectively recess for a month, conducting limited business related to COVID-19 and only with approval of all legislative leaders: MPR, Bakst. I’m trying to envision the best and worst lawmakers to take care of my near 3 year old because […]

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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 […]