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Gov. Walz to address Minnesotans on Friday afternoon

The address is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz will be joined by healthcare workers on Friday to urge caution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A news release says Walz, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm and healthcare professions will urge Minnesotans to take steps to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

The address will start at 2 p.m. You can watch it live on the governor's YouTube page here

Walz had planned to announce by the end of this week if he was going to extend the four-week shutdown on some businesses, including bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as youth sports beyond Dec. 18. But now he expects to make that announcement on Monday. 

Monday also marks the start of the Minnesota Legislature's seventh special session of the year, during which lawmakers are hoping to pass a COVID-19 relief deal for businesses and workers

Cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have started to dip from the record highs seen in November, and as of yet the state has not experienced a spike in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, when Minnesotans were advised to celebrate with their own households.

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