Walz facing decision on whether to extend stay-at-home order for MN

The current stay-at-home order expires April 10.
Author:
Publish date:

The two-week stay-at-home order in Minnesota is set to expire at 5 p.m. on April 10, but Gov. Tim Walz says it's possible that the order is extended. 

"Early to middle of next week we'll be making that determination based on the data," Walz said Wednesday. 

Walz said "we are seeing real evidence that social distancing is working and slowing" the spread of COVID-19, but the concerns are rising with a report from The Washington Post says the national stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers is nearly depleted. 

“The stockpile was designed to respond to handful of cities. It was never built or designed to fight a 50-state pandemic,” a source from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told The Washington Post. “This is not only a U.S. government problem. The supply chain for PPE worldwide has broken down, and there is a lot of price gouging happening.”

“If you can’t protect the people taking care of us, it gets ugly," a DHS official said.

Walz was on a call with U.S. governors Wednesday and said everyone is "deeply concerned" about the PPE limitations, and says supply chains have been disrupted by a lack of a "real cohesive national strategy" early on in the COVID-19 crisis. 

Walz has based some of his decisions on modeling being developed by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health, which is expected to include more granular, state-specific data for a new simulation of possible outcomes within the next two weeks. 

Next Up

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Related

coronavirus, covid-19

Gov. Walz responds to critics of MN's 'Stay at Home' order

Minnesota's "Stay at Home" order is in place until May 4.

Tim Walz modeling

Here's why Minnesota extended the Stay at Home order

The Minnesota model is estimating at least 6,000 deaths over a 12-month period.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz to modify stay-at-home order, unveil new model data Wednesday

The governor provided a glimpse of what's to come during his Tuesday media briefing.

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.

Tim Walz

Walz signs 4 more executive orders related to lifting of Stay at Home order

The orders align with the governor's announcements made Wednesday evening.