Your questions on the Minnesota stay-at-home order answered

BY: , and - March 25, 2020

Why again are we doing this? Gov. Tim Walz warned that if the state did nothing to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections, Minnesota’s death toll could rise to 74,000. The stay-at-home order is intended to buy Minnesota health officials time to build its intensive-care treatment capacity and ramp up testing.   I’m running low on […]

Minnesotans ordered to stay home until April 10; Walz extends closure of dine-in restaurants, bars until May 1

BY: - March 25, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday ordered Minnesotans to stay home for two weeks except for essential activities and outdoor exercise starting Friday night at midnight. Walz is following the lead of other governors who have issued similar orders in states like Illinois, New York and Wisconsin. He used Facebook Live to walk through the underlying […]

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Minnesota gets an “A” in social distancing

BY: - March 25, 2020

Minnesotans are above-average in social distancing, according to smart phone surveillance data you probably didn’t know you were giving away. The company Unacast, which analyzes phone GPS data, launched a “Social Distancing Scoreboard” this week that shows how much people have reduced their typical travel as state and local governments have taken drastic action to […]

Daily COVID-19 tracker: Confirmed cases, testing, layoffs

BY: - March 25, 2020

Minnesota reported 31,296 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on June 17. More than 3,600 patients have been hospitalized, and 27,404 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To date, 1,325 people have died, most of them residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Because of limited […]

Nearly 150,000 jobless claims filed since March 16, most from women and food service workers

BY: - March 24, 2020

Minnesota received nearly 150,000 jobless claims during a week-long period ending Monday, with a large bulk coming from women and food service workers.  Steve Grove, the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the agency received 149,443 unemployment insurance claims. A large majority came from first-time applicants whose jobs have been cut […]

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota health officials push critical information to non-English speakers

BY: - March 23, 2020

Abdi Mahamud looked all the part of a news anchor on a recent Saturday as he rehearsed his lines from a teleprompter in a St. Paul studio. Mahamud is a Somali interpreter, and though he doesn’t have a background in media, he’s playing a key role providing accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic while also […]

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 […]