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Gov. Walz declares peacetime emergency as number of cases hit 14 in Minnesota

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Minnesota health officials announced Friday that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has risen to 14 as Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 12:27 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 2:32 PM

Minnesota health officials announced Friday that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has increased to 14 as Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency.

Gov. Walz also unveiled legislative proposals to prepare for the pandemic.

“The safety and well-being of Minnesotans is my top priority and we are working around the clock to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “I am declaring a peacetime emergency in Minnesota to ensure the State is able respond to more rapidly to issues as they arrive. We’re looking to the future and preparing for the next chapters of this pandemic as it continues to evolve.”

The newest cases are clustered near the Twin Cities area in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota, Carver and Wright counties. 

Outside of the Twin Cities, cases have also been confirmed in Olmsted and Stearns counties.

More information from Gov. Walz and the state of Minnesota can be found below:

"Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm today issued a number of community mitigation strategies, which Governor Walz advises and urges Minnesotans to follow, including:

• Cancel or postpone large events in excess of 250 people gathered together;
• Ensure space for social distancing of six feet per person at smaller events and gatherings (less than 250 people); and
• Limit gatherings with participants at high risk for severe disease to less than 10 people.

Further details on MDH’s recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.

In addition to declaring a peacetime state of emergency, Governor Walz also unveiled a package of legislative proposals to better prepare our health care system and provide relief to Minnesotans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor is requesting immediate assistance from the Legislature in creating a COVID emergency fund, removing financial barriers for Minnesotans who need to be tested, expanding the use of paid sick time, and providing long-term care facilities with more resources, among other recommendations."

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PROVIDE COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUNDING
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend the legislature provide COVID-19 emergency funding to ensure state resources are in place to address COVID-19 emergencies and continue the functions of all branches of government, even if the legislature is not in session.

REMOVE FINANCIAL BARRIERS FOR MINNESOTANS WHO NEED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend the removal of financial and administrative barriers that may keep Minnesotans from being tested for COVID-19. This proposal brings private, public, and state health insurance into alignment and provides additional flexibilities, including:
• Authority to waive co-payments for testing, lab, office visits and urgent care related to diagnosis of potential cases of COVID-19;
• Ability to address cost barriers to treatment, particularly for Minnesotans with high deductibles; and
• Flexibility to require network and cost-sharing changes.

PROVIDE NEEDED RESOURCES TO HEALTH CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend creating a grant and loan program to respond to the needs of health care facilities for training, equipment, transportation, and expansion of systems. In addition, this proposal would provide access to emergency short-term grants, long-term grants, and aid with cash flow for systems and facilities.

ACCELERATE AND MODIFY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend allowing benefits to kick in immediately for employees who qualify for unemployment insurance because of COVID-19. The Governor and Lt. Governor also recommend relieving employers of the cost of unemployment benefits paid to their workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EXPAND USE OF PAID SICK TIME
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend allowing private-sector employees to use paid sick time benefits when taking time off work related to COVID-19.

EXTEND TAX FILING DEADLINE
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend adjusting the state tax filing deadline to conform to federal extensions.

COMPENSATE HOURLY SCHOOL WORKERS FOR CLOSURES DUE TO COVID19
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend ensuring hourly workers employed by school districts are compensated during a school closure because of COVID-19.

RATIFY STATE CONTRACTS AND COMPENSATION PLANS
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommend taking legislative action to ratify state employee contracts and compensation plans to provide current insurance benefits and negotiated terms and conditions of employment to state employees, including those protecting the health and safety of Minnesotans.

EXTEND GOVERNOR’S PEACETIME EMERGENCY POWERS
The Governor and Lt. Governor recommended extending the Governor’s peacetime emergency powers for a longer duration for ease in implementation of rules and regulations necessary to help affected Minnesotans.

CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY NEEDS AS THEY ARISE
The Governor and Lt. Governor direct state agencies to examine emergent and ongoing needs of Minnesotans and bring ideas forward for further legislation or rulemaking.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 135372

Reported Deaths: 2406
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin34290991
Ramsey14168361
Dakota9897138
Anoka8872150
Washington598672
Stearns588344
Scott342934
Olmsted327730
St. Louis302669
Wright254115
Clay232843
Nobles227616
Blue Earth20457
Carver18207
Sherburne171122
Kandiyohi17055
Rice164810
Mower152917
Winona126019
Chisago10402
Crow Wing103522
Lyon9766
Benton9509
Waseca9299
Beltrami9017
Otter Tail8737
Todd8266
Steele7613
Morrison7429
Nicollet73917
Itasca73617
Douglas7083
Freeborn6844
Polk6734
Le Sueur6315
Martin61317
McLeod6024
Goodhue59711
Watonwan5794
Becker5754
Isanti5615
Pine5490
Carlton4441
Chippewa4443
Mille Lacs41315
Hubbard3962
Dodge3940
Wabasha3840
Cass3775
Pipestone35117
Rock3404
Meeker3313
Brown3243
Unassigned29253
Yellow Medicine2856
Murray2833
Cottonwood2820
Redwood28111
Roseau2650
Fillmore2640
Renville25611
Sibley2543
Wadena2393
Faribault2350
Jackson2151
Kanabec21510
Swift2071
Houston2061
Pennington1951
Lincoln1840
Stevens1841
Aitkin1792
Koochiching1704
Pope1610
Big Stone1410
Lac qui Parle1403
Wilkin1374
Marshall1261
Lake1230
Norman1170
Mahnomen1162
Clearwater1140
Grant994
Red Lake782
Traverse570
Lake of the Woods441
Kittson420
Cook170

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 116514

Reported Deaths: 1643
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk19024288
Woodbury724797
Johnson586230
Black Hawk562698
Linn5591132
Dubuque521157
Scott456639
Story401018
Dallas346344
Pottawattamie324744
Sioux244716
Buena Vista226112
Marshall202036
Webster184415
Plymouth166728
Wapello153062
Clinton149226
Muscatine147758
Des Moines139610
Cerro Gordo137726
Crawford136114
Warren12617
Carroll115612
Jasper111234
Henry10675
Marion101810
Lee95610
Tama94837
Delaware78013
Dickinson7417
Wright7271
Boone7239
Mahaska69724
Bremer6779
Washington66211
Harrison65815
Jackson6333
Benton5902
Lyon5537
Clay5354
Louisa52315
Winnebago49719
Hardin4777
Winneshiek4779
Hamilton4754
Cedar4746
Kossuth4690
Poweshiek45911
Buchanan4544
Jones4474
Floyd43711
Emmet43019
Clayton4233
Iowa4109
Page4060
Mills4053
Cherokee4032
Sac3994
Guthrie39515
Cass3903
Butler3832
Fayette3814
Franklin38118
Shelby3732
Allamakee3719
Madison3623
Chickasaw3611
Clarke3523
Humboldt3253
Hancock3204
Palo Alto3142
Grundy3115
Calhoun3094
Osceola2851
Mitchell2811
Howard2709
Monroe25911
Monona2451
Taylor2432
Jefferson2391
Union2314
Appanoose2273
Pocahontas2262
Fremont2061
Lucas2056
Ida1932
Greene1870
Van Buren1802
Davis1784
Montgomery1787
Adair1701
Keokuk1611
Decatur1500
Audubon1481
Worth1450
Wayne1213
Ringgold882
Adams810
Unassigned110
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