Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will speak to Minnesotans for the fourth consecutive day Thursday as he continues to stress the importance of every Minnesotan doing their part to help avoid a situation where the state's hospitals are overwhelmed by a flood of people with severe illness from COVID-19.
Walz will be joined by some of the state's hospital leaders to "stress the importance of Minnesotans changing their behavior amid a COVID-19 surge to preserve the state’s hospital capacity and protect health care professionals," a release from the governor's office says.
Walz will be joined by Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and numerous doctors, including the President and CEO of Allina Health, Dr. Penny Wheeler, and the President and co-CEO of Carris Health, Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith.
Minnesotans will be able to watch the press conference at 2 p.m. Video is available via the governor's YouTube page.
Speaking four consecutive days is something Walz has not done since the early days of the pandemic when Minnesota first went into a partial shutdown in March. The second partial shutdown of the pandemic was ordered Wednesday by Walz, and it goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday and lasts through Dec. 18.
Bars and restaurants must close to all indoor service, with curbside pick-up, takeout and delivery their only means of business for the next four weeks. Additionally, fitness centers must close and Minnesotans are not allowed to socially gather with anyone outside of their immediate household.