MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota reported 499 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday as Gov. Tim Walz continues weighing whether to impose a statewide mask requirement.
Walz also announced Monday that the state has extended its peacetime order. It allows the state "flexibility in responding to rapidly-evolving issues stemming from COVID-19."
“COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state,” said Governor Walz. “The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the devastating impacts of this pandemic. As cases skyrocket in other states, we can’t let our guard down now.”
The new total came after Minnesota reported more than 800 cases on Saturday — its highest count since May — and 715 on Sunday.
Monday’s numbers often show a dip because fewer people are tested on weekends. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said he's against a statewide order, saying people should make their own decisions.
The state’s numbers amounted to a 4.2 percent positivity rate.
The state’s rolling 14-day average for positivity rate is 5.1 percent; a rising positivity rate is an indication of community spread.