Minnesota launches website providing latest coronavirus testing, hospital stats

Gov. Tim Walz announced the COVID-19 portal on Friday.
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Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced the launch of a new website that will provide the latest information about coronavirus cases and hospital capacity in Minnesota.

The governor confirmed the launch of the site, https://mn.gov/covid19/, which is designed to increase transparency about the situation in Minnesota as it deals with the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Walz said that Minnesotans "deserve the information" and "deserve to be as well informed as possible" about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and the data his administration is using to inform its action.

The information on the site, which is live now, includes details of hospital supplies, such as how many gloves and masks the health system has available, as well as more details about the number and location of coronavirus cases, the severity of the cases, and hospital capacity to deal with it.

It also provides information on what to do in the event you get sick.

The governor also provided more details about how his administration is organizing itself in response to the many challenges presented by the virus.

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It has set up "working groups" that focus on some of the key areas in coordination with public, nonprofit and private partners.

These working groups will focus on issues such as handling the projected hospital surge as COVID-19 cases grow, ensuring the delivery of hospital supplies, expanding testing to diagnose the virus, deal with the ongoing shutdown of school buildings, protecting the vulnerable both economically and health-wise, and ensuring supplies in the food chain.

Of modeling that is informing his administration's response, Walz said that no model is perfect not least because it's still early on in the virus, but that there are common themes that back up the decision to impose social distancing policies such as "Stay at Home."

"Every single model shows replicable challenges: We know what happens if you can't get social distancing, shows what happens if you don't have ICU capacity, those things are know," he said.

"I know these actions are painful, both socially and economically," he added. "The stress and disruption you're feeling is unprecedented."

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