There have been more than 700 deaths in Minnesota due to COVID-19. Each and every life lost is dearly missed by a community of parents, children, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. To remember and honor the lives lost due to COVID-19, Governor Walz ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and the 19th of every month through 2020.
We know that deaths due to COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting Indigenous communities, the elderly, individuals with pre-existing conditions and disabilities, people of color, and people experiencing homelessness. Now more than ever, Minnesotans must come together to support Minnesotans who are most vulnerable to this virus. This means:
- Washing hands
- Maintaining six feet of social distance
- Wearing a mask
- Getting tested if you have symptoms
- Staying home if you’re sick
- Working from home when you’re able
The Department of Health officials underlined the importance of continuing well-child visits, noting a troubling drop in routine vaccinations. As its health system battles COVID-19, it’s important to continue these regular visits, which stop preventable diseases and help keep children healthy, MDH says.