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Coronavirus: Gov. Tim Walz to provide another update Tuesday

The state budget and elective procedures will be up for discussion.
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Gov. Tim Walz will hold his second press conference in as many days response to the coronavirus outbreak.

While Monday's press conference was short on major announcements, it did see Walz explain more behind his administration's thinking when it comes to reopening the state's hospitality industry, and the work its doing with industry leaders on laying the path to getting restaurants and bars back in business.

But Tuesday's press conference is expected to have more in the way of significant announcements, not least the move to end the suspension of elective surgeries and medical procedures in Minnesota.

Walz said Monday that the suspension would be coming to an end with more details coming Tuesday, but did add that dental surgeries would also be included along with hospitals and clinics.

The move to lift restrictions on elective procedures comes after the state has built additional capacity in terms of ICU beds and ventilators so it is better prepared for a possible COVID-19 surge.

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Before Walz speaks there will be another major update, this one from Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans.

He will be providing a new budget projection for the state of Minnesota, coming less than three months after the last one, when the state was projecting a $1.5 billion budget surplus.

Now the state is likely staring down the barrel of a deficit owing to the impact of the pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and increased unemployment since it hit Minnesota in March.

You can watch the press conference here on the governor's YouTube page at 2 p.m.

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