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DAILY COVID-19 MEDIA UPDATE: March 27, 2020

Minnesota’s two-week Stay at Home order takes effect tonight at 11:59pm. To ensure critical information about COVID-19 is accessible to all Minnesotans, the Walz-Flanagan Administration partnered with TPT to provide closed captioning and translate PSAs into eight different languages (English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Russian, Amharic, Karen, and Oromo). You can access those videos here. In [Read more]

KMOJ COVID-19 UPDATE

Updates from the Governor

Governor Tim Walz today joined leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development, Department of Education, and the State Emergency Operations Center to answer questions from the press on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor shared details on his package of bipartisan COVID-19 proposals, which he worked on with the Legislature to ensure Minnesotans have the support and the right resources to combat the pandemic. The [Read more]

Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans Executive order directs Minnesotans to limit movement to slow the spread of COVID-19

[ST. PAUL, MN] – To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April 10.

“We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “Having served as a Command [Read more]

Gov. Walz to order shelter-in-place Wednesday

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a shelter-in-place order during Wednesday’s daily coronavirus news conference, according to sources close to the situation. The order is not likely to be as extensive as the “Safer at Home” order put in place by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. That announcement is expected at 2pm today according to KMOJ sources.

KMOJ COVID-19 UPDATE

Governor Tim Walz is extending the closures of bars, restaurants and other business indefinitely.  The shutdown was set to expire on Friday in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Walz said President Trump’s desire to have the country back to normal with closure orders lifted by Easter is setting “false expectations,” and added “it doesn’t go us any good to pretend” it will be over by then.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS


Updates from the Governor

Governor Walz held a press call with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today to provide updates on COVID-19 and remind Minnesotans of some of the benefits and programs Minnesota is offering amid the pandemic:
MNsure – Last week, Governor Walz and MNsure announced a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance as a result of the growth of COVID-19 cases. The SEP opened on March 23 and runs through April 21. It will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.org.
Unemployment Insurance – We know the hardships and stress this pandemic is bringing to families and folks throughout the state. The Governor highlighted the state’s unemployment insurance program and described how it quickly serves employees who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19.

Individual Tax Filing extension – Minnesotans filing their annual Minnesota Individual Income Tax return for tax year 2019 now have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file and make their payments without any penalties or interest.
Small business assistance – Yesterday, the Governor established a Small Business Emergency Loan Program for businesses affected by COVID-19. DEED’s emergency loan program will help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance during COVID-19 closures.

Suspension of evictions – The Governor also announced an executive order yesterday, which clarifies that landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from stable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to our essential workers – Also today, the Governor took the opportunity during his press call today to thank Minnesota’s essential workers—like our health care workforce, child care providers, truck drivers, grocers, delivery services, and utility operators, and so many others, who are helping and leading our communities through this very challenging time.

Public Health Officials to Provide COVID-19 Briefing 
Governor Walz will join MDH and public health officials again tomorrow at 2pm for their daily briefing on COVID-19 in Minnesota and the state’s response. The best way to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy is to follow trusted information sources like MDH. You can listen to the briefing live from local news outlets or on Minnesota Public Radio. 
Today, MDH announced that there are 27 new cases, for a total of 262 cases in 31 counties. 88 patients have recovered and no longer need to be isolated. 



Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, for seven days after your illness onset or three days after your fever resolves without fever reducing medicine, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Up-to-date guidance from MDH on recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.

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Governor Walz Suspends Evictions, Supports Small Businesses, Addresses Hospital Equipment Shortage

Governor Walz Signs Executive Orders to Suspend Evictions, Support Small Businesses, Address Hospital Equipment Shortage

Executive orders suspend evictions, provide small business loans, direct inventory of protective equipment

Walz also released revised supplemental budget directing an additional $356 million toward COVID-19 response

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