ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz issued a Stay at Home Order today which asks residents to stay at home except for essential activities in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This order will go in effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and last until 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 10. In response, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) released the following statement:
“This order by Governor Walz is a necessary step to address the unprecedented challenge the spread of the coronavirus presents to Minnesota,” said Senator Bigham. “While Minnesotans have largely been adhering to social distancing and following the Department of Health guidelines, today’s order was necessary to ensure we are doing our part to flatten the curve and buy time to build out our public health care capacity. This was not a decision taken lightly, but we must be doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans.”
According to projections from the Department of Health, without strong mitigation efforts, up to 75,000 Minnesotans could die from COVID-19. Today’s actions would provide more time for the state to build up its ICU capacity and receive more personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers.
The Governor also extended the closure of bars, restaurants, and other public gathering spaces until Friday, May 1 and has authorized the Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on Monday, March 30 until Monday May 4.
The most up to date information on COVID-19 are available at the Minnesota Department of Health website here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html.