With the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, Gov. Tim Walz is asking Minnesotans to heed the advice of health officials to help control the spread of the virus.
“The virus takes no days off. While many are focused today on the election, COVID-19 is continuing its merciless spread across our state,” Gov. Walz said in a statement Tuesday when 3,483 new cases of COVID-19 were reported.
“I’ve said from the beginning, the virus’ spread will dictate our course and we are well into a dark chapter in the story of this pandemic," Walz said.
"It is more important than ever that Minnesotans heed the advice of (White House Adviser) Dr. Deborah Birx and every other person who knows something about infection control – wear a mask, avoid crowds, keep distance from others, and take advantage of the many testing opportunities we have all over the state to find out your status.”
Walz in late October said he had no plans to re-close businesses and schools but urged people to follow current safety protocols.
At that time, the Minnesota Department of Health said any return of some of the business restrictions seen earlier in the summer may not be as effective because "social gatherings" are driving the most recent rise in infections, and advised people re-assess their plans over the coming months, including for Thanksgiving.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, 157,096 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus and 2,499 people have died.