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Coronavirus: Gov. Tim Walz to provide update at Monday press conference

He will speak before members of the media on Monday afternoon.

10:15 A.M. UPDATE

Gov. Tim Walz has not left his home Monday after learning that a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19. Because of that, the governor will self-quarantine for 14 days and continue overseeing Minnesota's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Walz is not showing symptoms. 

He will still be involved in the 2 p.m. press event via conference call.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will provide an update on his administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak at a Monday press conference.

Walz last spoke to the public at a press conference on Friday, when he said that Monday would likely be his next update unless a major change in policy happened over the weekend.

He has pledged to hold regular press conferences to update the state on efforts being taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so Monday's 2 p.m. media event doesn't necessarily mean there will be a major announcement.

The next step up in Minnesota's mitigation efforts in the fight to slow the spread of the virus would be to enact a "shelter in place" order that would see residents told not to leave their homes unless they're essential workers or for essential activities such as getting groceries or health appointments.

The governor has said he's prepared to introduce "shelter in place" should it become necessary.

Since he spoke last, Minnesota's confirmed coronavirus case number has risen from 115 on Friday to 169 on Sunday.

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The state also confirmed the first death of a resident from COVID-19, with the death of a patient in their 80s from Ramsey County announced on Saturday, although they actually died on Thursday.

At the Minnesota Department of Health briefing, Walz will be joined by Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm; Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove; Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly; and Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann.

The health department will update its running total of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 11 a.m. Monday, though it has been at pains to remind Minnesotans that the total number of cases is much higher, and can't be known given that there is a shortage of testing kits.

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