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

The governor will speak during a media call Friday.
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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. 

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