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Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz updates Minnesota's Stay at Home order

The governor is expected to extend the order but provide modifications.
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Gov. Tim Walz is set to update Minnesotans about the coronavirus "Stay at Home" order, with the expectation that he'll loosen some restrictions but ultimately extend the order from May 4 to May 18.  

Precisely what will be loosened isn't fully clear, but there are reports suggesting Walz will allow more of the state's retail businesses to reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery. 

But the ban on dine-in service at bars and restaurants, as well as entertainment and public accommodation venues, is also expected to be extended to May 18. 

Watch the governor's press conference live in the YouTube player at 2 p.m. 

The press conference comes after a week of the state's COVID-19 testing capacity being ramped up to as many as 3,500 tests, which around 2,000 more per day than the state was able to test just over a week ago. 

The result has been more positive tests, as expected, with 492 patients confirmed to have the disease in the latest reporting period. Overall, 5,136 patients in Minnesota have tested positive for the new coronavirus since March 6, with 343 patients dying. 

A significant portion of the fatal cases have been residents of long-term care facilities. 

The reason for the executive order in the first place was to slow the spread of the outbreak and buy Minnesota's hospitals time to stockpile personal protective equipment and increase ICU capacity. 

To date, the state has a total the capacity to handle up to 2,587 ICU patients. Of those, 972 ICU beds are in use, 130 of them being COVID-19 patients, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. 

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