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Walz issues Minnesota "stay at home" order

Walz issues Minnesota "stay at home" order Photo: State of Minnesota

Updated: March 26, 2020 01:46 AM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced a "stay at home" order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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The governor's order will limit movement beyond the home from Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m. to April 10.

Minnesotans can still leave home for health and safety activities, outdoor activities, the purchase of necessary supplies and services, the care of others, and relocation to ensure safety.

Watch the press conference in its entirety.

Walz says says it's too late to flatten the curve of new cases because the testing regiment was not in place.  He says the objective now is to slow the infection rate down so hospital resources can handle it.

"Our attempt is to move the infection rates out, buy us time to have a surge of ICU units, and then move to the testing phase, so when the second wave of this comes through, we can flatten the curve," Walz said. 

Walz had previously shuttered bars and restaurants. He announced Wednesday that the order will remain in place until 5 p.m. on May 1. Distance learning will also continue until May 4.

Walz says modeling released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota predicted that more than 70,000 Minnesotans could die from COVID-19 if no action was taken.

Elsewhere, a "safer at home" order took effect Wednesday in Wisconsin, while a "safe at home" order took effect Tuesday in Michigan.

Minnesota's count of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 287 Wednesday, up 25 from a day earlier.

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