Walz: Most will recover, but 40-80% of Minnesotans will get the coronavirus

Walz discussed at length the possibility of a stay-at-home order for Minnesota.
Author:
Publish date:

Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that millions of Minnesotans should expect to get the novel coronavirus before the pandemic is over, but also making the critically important note that the vast majority of those who get it will recover. 

"Before we're done with this, each and everyone of us will be touched by this, probably very personally," said Walz, speaking from the governor's mansion in self-quarantine after being exposed to a member of his security detail who has COVID-19. 

"The numbers run pretty high that over the course of this that between 40 and 80 percent of Minnesotans will have become infected with COVID-19," he said. "The vast majority will recover without hospitalization. Those that need it, we need to ensure they're able to get it. This whole battle is about bending the curve, lengthening out the time of an infection rate."

Walz has not yet reached into his toolbox for an executive order that would mandate Minnesotans stay at home for all non-essential activity, but he is continually reviewing data to determine if a shelter-in-place order would prove an effective strategy to slow the outbreak and help keep Minnesota hospitals from being overwhelmed. 

States to already issue a stay-at-home order: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. 

Wisconsin will also go under a stay-at-home order beginning Tuesday. 

"This is a very hard decision," Walz said. "The lack of data is what people are seeing and I think they're [other states] making their best judgement that with the lack of data this is the way to go."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Where will the data from modeling currently being developed by state leaders lead?

"It's certainly possible or probable that we're going to come to the same conclusion," said Walz, referring to other states' issuing stay-at-home orders. Such an order in Minnesota would likely be for an extended period of time. 

"This will not be able to be a shelter in place for a week to two weeks. It will probably have to look more like multiple weeks to months to get the desired effect of slowing it down," said Walz. 

"More businesses would close, social interactions would be much more restricted than they are," he added, noting that essential businesses would remain open, including grocery stores and pharmacies.

"Forty to 80 percent of us will eventually get this (the virus), even if we shut it down now." 

Currently there are only 235 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, but health officials say the true number is significantly higher, as there aren't enough tests available to determine the true figure.

Listen to everything Walz said right here.

Next Up

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.

Giordano's

Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.

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

Gov. Walz: Minnesota has bought time against the COVID-19 outbreak

Data shows that community mitigation in Minnesota is working to slow the spread.

Tim Walz

Walz: 'Not taking these actions will result in the deaths of Minnesotans'

He's adamant that imposing a 'Stay at Home' order is the right move.

Governor Tim Walz

Coronavirus: Gov. Tim Walz to give afternoon press conference

He is expected to announce an extended Stay at Home order.

covid-19, coronavirus

Walz indicates more COVID-19 restrictions could be on the way

More targeted mandates are likely on the way, according to Walz.

Gov. Walz to give update on MN's response to COVID-19

The governor will provide an update at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Gov. Tim Walz

Walz: COVID-19 guidance for Christmas likely to be similar to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving featured a ban on social gatherings with non-household members.