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.

Cases: 490011

Reported Deaths: 6618
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1016821593
Ramsey43388811
Dakota36714394
Anoka33545392
Washington22247262
Stearns18847202
St. Louis14915265
Scott13445107
Wright12635116
Olmsted1187890
Sherburne879474
Carver790941
Clay696288
Rice678691
Blue Earth604435
Kandiyohi582274
Crow Wing523682
Chisago502945
Otter Tail487171
Benton451890
Winona419749
Mower411931
Douglas395068
Goodhue390169
Nobles387347
Polk345363
McLeod341950
Beltrami339151
Morrison328147
Itasca315346
Becker315143
Lyon314045
Isanti310056
Steele304311
Carlton300649
Freeborn287124
Pine283616
Nicollet263341
Todd250330
Brown249137
Le Sueur238620
Mille Lacs230047
Cass221424
Waseca211217
Meeker208534
Martin190829
Wabasha18733
Roseau181017
Hubbard161041
Houston158214
Dodge15464
Renville152940
Redwood147127
Fillmore14029
Pennington139816
Chippewa137035
Cottonwood136120
Wadena131520
Faribault125017
Aitkin119233
Sibley118310
Watonwan11838
Rock116314
Kanabec109120
Pipestone101924
Yellow Medicine97817
Murray9548
Jackson94710
Swift87818
Pope8185
Marshall78715
Stevens7478
Lake74318
Clearwater72014
Lac qui Parle68816
Wilkin67711
Koochiching62111
Big Stone5173
Lincoln5122
Grant4928
Norman4808
Unassigned45368
Mahnomen4437
Kittson41121
Red Lake3615
Traverse3115
Lake of the Woods2231
Cook1190

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 337836

Reported Deaths: 5500
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk52116562
Linn19519317
Scott17180213
Black Hawk14973294
Woodbury13858214
Johnson1317875
Dubuque12452196
Dallas1023593
Pottawattamie9899146
Story965445
Warren515176
Clinton502884
Cerro Gordo501483
Webster495888
Sioux480469
Marshall465473
Des Moines428661
Muscatine426493
Buena Vista413337
Wapello4059110
Jasper388167
Plymouth369178
Lee354653
Marion341772
Jones285355
Henry279837
Bremer270655
Carroll266848
Crawford253435
Boone244830
Benton241554
Washington239247
Mahaska215846
Jackson210339
Dickinson204340
Tama203165
Kossuth198655
Delaware186340
Clay184525
Winneshiek183729
Fayette179535
Page178119
Buchanan178029
Wright174531
Hamilton173942
Cedar172923
Hardin170339
Harrison167870
Clayton160154
Butler159331
Mills148520
Floyd148141
Poweshiek148030
Cherokee146336
Lyon145741
Allamakee144948
Madison143318
Iowa140723
Hancock138030
Grundy132530
Winnebago130531
Calhoun129711
Cass129751
Jefferson128534
Appanoose123447
Louisa122644
Mitchell120740
Chickasaw119915
Union119331
Sac118818
Shelby117634
Emmet115440
Humboldt113925
Franklin109719
Guthrie109728
Palo Alto101721
Howard99722
Unassigned9790
Montgomery97036
Clarke95220
Keokuk92429
Monroe90028
Ida82132
Adair81630
Pocahontas80919
Davis76623
Monona76527
Greene73110
Lucas72321
Osceola68315
Worth6678
Taylor64112
Decatur5719
Fremont5619
Van Buren53818
Ringgold50720
Audubon4769
Wayne47521
Adams3194
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