ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday help is coming to businesses impacted by the state's latest shutdown.
Walz said a package will be released Tuesday that focuses on helping those small businesses that were forced to close for four weeks starting last Friday.
"We hear you," Walz said. "We thank you for making a public health move by closing your doors."
Walz said some of the items in the package will include a sales tax forgiveness, waving some state fees, and elimination of the COVID-19 fund expiration date, among others.
"Speaking to those businesses, Walz said "you should not have to bear the bring of the financial impact alone."
Walz also urged the federal government to move a package now "because COVID is not going to end at the end of the month."
More than a quarter-million positive tests have been confirmed in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic. The state announces 24 deaths and 6,353 new cases Monday.
"The numbers are unrelenting," Walz said.
Walz also unveiled new technology designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which has been surging in the state this month.