In the heart of what's expected to be the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz is again scheduled to provide on update Monday afternoon.
Walz held press conferences or joined press calls every day last week. But while last week Walz was stressing the importance of every Minnesotan doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, his Monday engagement will be focused on providing hopeful news.
According to a release, Walz will unveil new technology that is available to Minnesotans to help slow the spread of the virus. Details about the technology have not been provided.
Joining the the governor will be by Minnesota IT Services Commissioner Tarek Tomes and Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann.
Earlier this month Minnesota health officials said the state would be launching a text alert program that would use cellphone tracking data to help inform people if they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It's unclear if the new technology Walz will unveil is related to that program.
The press conference will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday and will be streamed on the governor's YouTube feed.
Minnesota reported 7,219 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, in addition to 40 deaths. There have been 3,241 fatal cases since mid-March, 788 of which have been reported this month.