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Governor Update March 27th two-week Stay at Home order takes effect tonight

Governor Update March 27th two-week Stay at Home order takes effect tonight

Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  ~ March 27 2020  (LSN)   Minnesota’s two-week Stay at Home order takes effect tonight at 11:59. Below are shareable graphics that help explain what's open and what's closed, who is considered an essential worker, and activities that are and aren't restricted. If you still have questions, head to Governor Walz's new COVID-19 website for resources and answers to frequently asked questions

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 the PSAs, the Governor tells Minnesotans to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, describes the efforts the state is taking to protect Minnesotans, and directs them to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Website for more information.

Actions Today

Governor Walz today signed Executive Orders 20-21, 20-22, 20-23, and 20-24 providing support and greater flexibility for health care providers, commercial drivers, local governments, and constitutional officers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order 20-23 will keep health care workers in the workforce by giving health-related licensing boards flexibility in licensing requirements so COVID-19 related lapses in continuing education requirements don’t impact health care professionals’ ability to provide licensed care. The Executive Order allows health care professionals to temporarily defer continuing education requirements and emergency medical service providers to complete continuing education through distance learning, and extends temporary permits for nurses. 

Executive Order 20-22 allows the Minnesota State Auditor to work with local governments to adjust reporting deadlines for various financial reports, to prevent municipalities from having to divert resources that should be used to respond to communities’ critical needs during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Executive Order 20-21 amends Executive Order 20-07 to allow constitutional officers to implement leave for both classified and unclassified employees and to reassign and redeploy staff as needed.

Executive Order 20-24 provides hours of service and weight restriction relief for commercial vehicle drivers hauling livestock. The Order will help ensure producers and retailers maintain supply of essential products.

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.

Minnesota March 27 2020

  • Approximate number of patients tested:  14,003
  • Positive:    398
  • Deaths           4
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 51
  • Hospitalized as of today: 34
County Cases
Anoka 10
Beltrami 1
Benton 1
Big Stone 1
Blue Earth 7
Carver 8
Cass 1
Chisago 2
Clay 4
Dakota 28
Dodge 5
Faribault 1
Fillmore 3
Goodhue 2
Hennepin 141
Jackson 1
Kandiyohi 1
Lac qui Parle 1
Le Sueur 10
Lincoln 1
Mahnomen 1
Martin 18
Mower 10
Nicollet 3
Olmsted 34
Ramsey 34
Renville 1
Rice 2
Scott 7
Sherburne 3
Sibley 1
St. Louis 5
Stearns 5
Steele 5
Wabasha 4
Waseca 3
Washington 22
Wilkin 1
Winona 4
Wright 5

We will not release specific locations for any patients being tested in order to protect patient

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the death underscores the importance of protecting our most vulnerable Minnesotans during the outbreak.COVID-19  MINNESOTA COUNTIES    Lake Superior News








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