Coronavirus: Gov. Tim Walz to hold news conference Friday afternoon

He will be joined by, among others, his homeland security director.
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Governor Tim Walz will give another briefing to the Minnesota public at a press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The governor will be joined at the 2 p.m. conference once again by Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove and Minnesota Department of Health infectious diseases director Kris Ehresmann.

But for the first time since the crisis deepened, he will also be joined by Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Joe Kelly.

Gov. Walz's two previous briefings have resulted in huge announcements in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Last Friday, he announced the cancelation of all events with more than 250 people, and followed it up on Sunday by announcing that the state's school buildings would be closing.

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Then on Monday, he announced the closure of dine-in service at the state's bars and restaurants, as well as the shutdown of dozens of entertainment, fitness and beauty businesses.

Since then, several of his executive orders have been announced by official statements rather than at press conferences, including an order on Thursday that hospitals and clinics should postpone elective surgeries and procedures starting Monday evening.

Given what has happened in other counties and states including, on Thursday evening, California, the governor's press conference has sparked speculation that he could issue a "shelter in place order."

However, the Star Tribune is reporting that this is something Gov. Walz is not considering deploying, not yet at least.

Bring Me The News will provide the latest updates from the 2 p.m. press conference. 

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