Gov. Walz to provide update to Minnesota's COVID-19 response Friday afternoon

The governor will speak during a media call Friday.
Author:
Publish date:
Tim Walz modeling

Gov. Tim Walz will provide an update on Minnesota's COVID-19 response Friday afternoon, days after he announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants, celebrations and social gatherings. 

Walz will join Minnesota Department Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm and Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann on the 2 p.m. briefing call with Minnesota media.

According to the announcement, Walz will participate in the routine MDH press call "to provide updates on Minnesota’s response to COVID-19 as the virus surges across Minnesota and the Midwest."

Minnesota has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. On Thursday, MDH reported a single-day record of 7,228 new cases, which smashes last week's single-day record of nearly 6,000. Meanwhile, the state reported 39 more deaths – the second-highest on record, which came a day after the state reported a record 56 deaths. 

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Midwest, the situation is more dire. Health officials in Wisconsin compared the COVID-19 surge there to New York City in April, while health care workers in North Dakota who test positive for COVID-19 are being told to work if they're asymptomatic because they're stretched so thin. 

Minnesota health officials continue to urge people to follow public health guidance, like wearing a mask, washing their hands, social distancing and staying home if you're sick. 

They're also encouraging more people to get tested, and have recently ramped up community testing options. 

Next Up

Jorge Polanco

Shoemaker, Twins lineup rebounds against Tigers

Jorge Polanco homered in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Kaprizov's OT winner lifts Wild into 2nd place in West

Kaprizov's goal gave the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

Byron Buxton

Buxton placed on IL, Trevor Larnach called up

Buxton could be out "for weeks" with a hip strain.

A bald eagle perched on branches.

USFWS confirms 2 bald eagles were shot dead

The agency is offering a reward for information in the case.

A newborn baby, wrapped in a blanket with its mother.

Most popular baby names includes one not in top 10 for 100 years

But Olivia and Liam once again led the way for girls and boys.

Minnesota Lottery

Names of big Minnesota Lottery winners to be kept private thanks to new law

The Minnesota Legislature passed the bill unanimously and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law this week.

FLickr - COVID-19 vaccination - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces

All 8 state COVID-19 vaccine sites now accept walk-ins

Adults can get a no-cost vaccine without making an appointment.

Wilf

Report: Vikings owners nearing purchase of Orlando City MLS franchise

The Wilfs reportedly attempted to buy the Minnesota United expansion franchise years ago.

bemidji paul bunyan

Video shows the moment someone broke the Paul Bunyan statue's arm

Police are asking for the public's help to identify those involved.

bridgeman's food truck duluth

Last remaining Bridgeman's Restaurant is launching a food truck

The Duluth restaurant is the only remaining full-service Bridgeman's in business.

FLickr - electric drive vehicle charging - Open Grid Scheduler

Minnesota can move ahead with Clean Cars program, judge says

She recommended the proposed rules be adopted.

Related

Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Walz to provide update to Minnesota's COVID-19 response Monday

The governor will speak during a media call Monday afternoon.

Gov. Walz to give update on MN's response to COVID-19

The governor will provide an update at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Walz to update Minnesota Tuesday on COVID-19 response

This is the governor's first public update to the situation in weeks.

Tim Walz modeling

Watch live: Gov. Walz updates Minnesota's Stay at Home order

The governor is expected to extend the order but provide modifications.