Walz to provide COVID-19 update in Thursday press conference

The news conference will be streamed live.
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Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials will give an update on COVID-19 in Minnesota on Thursday afternoon. 

The governor's office says he, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and other health officials will discuss the pandemic heading into Labor Day weekend and the fall. 

The press conference will be held at 3:15 p.m. and will be streamed on the governor's YouTube channel.

Walz's news conference comes on the heels of a visit from White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Deborah Birx who discussed Minnesota's "worrisome" trend of rising positivity rates in several counties. 

She and state health officials continue to urge Minnesotans to wear masks, especially over Labor Day weekend even if people are gathering in backyards. 

"I'm very convinced right now that we can stop community spread by wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding crowds," Birx said, noting that crowds don't mean a concert, "crowds are a backyard barbecue with 25 people without masks."

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