On January 6, 2021, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., vandalized public buildings, endangered the lives of lawmakers, staff, and the general public, and jeopardized the peaceful transfer of Presidential power.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Eric Dick had passed away. He had served as the manager of legislative affairs with the Minnesota Medical Association for several years and was a fixture at the Capitol on health care issues and advocacy.
Sen. Matt Klein is demanding full transparency and disclosure of all information that would assist in contact tracing for exposed members of the Senate after it was revealed that an additional Republican Senator has tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of Senate Republicans who have contracted the virus following an in-person caucus meeting to 4. Despite this news, it remains unclear how many Republican Senators or staff were exposed or who has been tested or the results of these tests.
Governor Walz introduced an executive order requiring the wearing of masks in all indoor public spaces and businesses for Minnesotans aged 6 and over. In response, the three DFL doctors of the Minnesota Legislature, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights), Representative Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), and Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) released the following statement supporting the Governor’s decision.
Senator Matt Klein Calls on Minnesota Health Officials to Reject Trump Administration Directive on Coronavirus Data
The Trump administration ordered states to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and instead send coronavirus hospitalization information to a new, private central database under the control of the administration. In response, Senator Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights), released the following statement calling on Minnesota’s public health community to ignore this request.
Early Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislating providing an additional $200 million in funding for Minnesota’s health care system to address the spread of COVID-19. Senator Matt Klein, M.D. offered the following response.