Listed here are the most recent updates from March 23, 2020:
66 new confirmed circumstances, 235 whole, and a notice on the numbers
The Minnesota Division of Well being introduced 66 new confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 in Minnesota Monday, for a complete of 235.
Due to testing limitations, that quantity is probably going a major undercount. Whereas MDH’s map reveals a rising variety of counties with confirmed circumstances, Minnesotans ought to assume it’s being transmitted throughout the state, officers have mentioned.
Listed here are some issues it’s best to bear in mind as we see the variety of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Minnesota climb each day:
- We all know these numbers will hold going up for the foreseeable future. That’s how viruses work. Social distancing is designed to sluggish the unfold, it may’t cease it.
- Limitations on take a look at capability means the true variety of circumstances is far bigger than the variety of confirmed circumstances.
- The map of confirmed circumstances by county most likely extra precisely represents the inhabitants than precise circumstances by county. (For instance: after all Hennepin County has extra circumstances than Renville County, there are extra folks there. That doesn’t imply it’s not spreading in Renville County). It might additionally replicate medical infrastructure (as in, who will get examined). We now have been suggested by the Minnesota Division of Well being that COVID-19 is probably going circulating throughout the state.
- Elevated testing, because it turns into accessible (a very good factor), might drive a rise in confirmed circumstances.
Hospitalizations; circumstances in long-term care services
Well being Commissioner Jan Malcolm mentioned Monday that 21 of the 235 whole Minnesotans with confirmed circumstances had been hospitalized. 12 are at present hospitalized, 5 of whom are in intensive care.
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Well being Commissioner Jan Malcolm
Malcolm mentioned there are 4 confirmed circumstances in long-term care, assisted dwelling and reminiscence care items, however not multiple confirmed case in anyone facility, although in some, different residents have proven signs.
After COVID-19 ravaged aged care services in Washington, Minnesota is working aggressively on an infection management and testing all residents of the affected services right here, Malcolm mentioned.
Small enterprise assistance on the way in which
Minnesota companies at the moment are eligible for low-interest loans from the federal Small Enterprise Administration’s catastrophe mortgage program. However an government order signed Monday additionally creates two state-funded packages for small companies, unbiased contractors in addition to retailers and restaurant homeowners.
Steve Grove, the commissioner of the state Division of Employment and Financial Improvement mentioned the primary totals $30 million for small companies — together with eating places — and unbiased contractors. Loans from $2,500 to $35,000 might be obtained with as much as half being forgivable beneath sure circumstances.
One other transfer Monday directs native governments to make loans accessible to retailers and repair suppliers with $28 million already allotted to them. These revolving mortgage funds are the Minnesota Funding Fund program and the Minnesota Funding Fund Catastrophe program.
“We predict this will likely be a bridge to get of us by the subsequent few weeks,” Gov. Tim Walz mentioned. His Monday briefing was finished by way of convention name reasonably than in individual due to his self-isolation after being uncovered to a safety element officer who has examined constructive.
Three extra government orders
Other than the small enterprise order, the governor signed three different government orders to curtail evictions and foreclosures for 90 days, restrict elective surgical procedures by veterinarians, and order a list of privately held private safety gear (PPE) reminiscent of masks and robes in addition to ventilators and different medical gear. Anybody holding such gear should cease utilizing it apart from well being care or different important companies and report their stock to the state.
Says the order: “Any Minnesota enterprise, nonprofit, or non-hospital well being care facility, whether or not veterinary, dental, building, analysis, establishment of upper studying, or different, in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines (together with any consumable equipment to those units) that aren’t required for the availability of essential well being care companies or important companies and weren’t produced by the group for the aim of sale, should undertake a list of such provides no later than March 25, 2020.”
The state has the authority to confiscate such gear however Walz mentioned he thinks those that possess them will possible volunteer them to hospitals and different well being settings.
On the eviction ban, Walz mentioned individuals who can afford hire and mortgage funds ought to proceed to make them however others who can’t shouldn’t be evicted.
“We are able to’t make this worse. We are able to’t have folks on the streets,” Walz mentioned. “It will not solely be personally merciless it will be counterproductive.”
New funds request
Walz despatched a letter to legislative leaders amending his supplemental funds request by $356 million. The brand new cash would offer emergency grants to youngster care facilities; present a $500 grant to these on the state’s Household Funding Program, add cash for meals cabinets and enhance sources for Minnesotans fighting homelessness. The funds would additionally create a COVID-19 Minnesota Fund that will give the state sources to “reply to the wants of Minnesotans in actual time.”
Alongside along with his March 12 funds request, the state’s projected surplus would fall to $811 million, down from $1.5 billion in February. Walz confused that the quantity doesn’t take note of anticipated declines in state income from a COVID-induced recession.
No shelter-in-place but
Walz mentioned he’s not but able to order a shelter in place for Minnesota residents whose job isn’t thought-about important, regardless of orders now from Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan together with present orders in Oregon, California, New York and Massachusetts. (For a take a look at what such an order may seem like, right here’s Michigan’s.)
“We’re attempting to make use of the perfect information that now we have,” Walz mentioned. “There’s no whole settlement round a few of these choices.”
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Gov. Tim Walz
Walz mentioned he needs to undertaking and predict each the impacts on the unfold of the virus and the impacts on the economic system and folks’s lives. “Nobody right here on this administration is taking flippantly the financial chaos that may come out of this. However those that say the remedy is worse than the illness? That’s fairly exhausting for me to inform Lt. Gov. Flanagan that or anybody else who’s going to lose somebody on this. I don’t suppose it must be that selection.”
And he mentioned he wished to make it clear that such a shut down wouldn’t final just a few weeks however as an alternative might be months whether it is to affect the virus.
“Between 40 to 80 % of us will ultimately get this, even when we shut the factor down now,” he mentioned. “So the query is, how will we get social compliance so folks can do that for an extended time interval.” He has been in shut contact with governors from neighboring states and mentioned all are agonizing over the choice.
“It’s definitely potential and possible that we’re going to come to the identical conclusion, however I’m listening to folks ask us to be as considerate as we are able to,” he mentioned. “I’m saying now, at 2:45, we’re not ready to try this however we very quickly might be.”
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will signal an order Tuesday that can imply tighter social distancing measures in in our neighboring state. Evers is asking it “safer at dwelling” as an alternative of “shelter in place”: he’ll order all non-essential workplaces to shut and ask folks to remain dwelling. Wisconsin has reported 5 COVID-19 deaths.
Nationwide Guard on the prepared
Walz mentioned he has already used Nationwide Guard logistic items to maneuver private protecting gear from Camp Ripley to the state Division of Well being. He mentioned he expects to make use of them for different duties associated to transferring provides and gear.
President Donald Trump has activated the guard in three states — California, Washington and New York — beneath a federal provision that put them beneath the command of governors however with the federal authorities paying prices. That’s the kind of order that Walz, a former guardsman, says he prefers.
However Walz mentioned he’s being cautious to not name up members of the guard who already work in important companies reminiscent of police and fireplace or well being care.
Hitting near dwelling for Minnesota public officers
COVID-19 is beginning to hit near dwelling for a few of Minnesota’s prime public officers: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan’s brother, Ron, who had not too long ago been recognized with most cancers, died over the weekend after coming down with COVID-19. Gov. Tim Walz is self-quarantining after a member of his safety element got here down with the virus. MinnPost state authorities reporter Peter Callaghan has the story.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced Monday morning that her husband, John Bessler, is hospitalized with COVID-19. MinnPost Washington Correspondent Gabe Schneider has the story.
Across the internet:
- Two weeks? Seems like two years. Dana Ferguson at Discussion board with a timeline on how the coronavirus disaster has unfolded in Minnesota to this point
- Useful factsheet from North Carolina State College on the dangers, or lack thereof, of takeout within the time of COVID-19. (Solely affirms my determination to choose up Kim’s Kitchen – have you ever had their fried rice?! — for dinner tonight. —Greta)
- ATTN: Millennials; Gen-Z: I’m 26. Coronavirus despatched me to the hospital, by way of the New York Occasions
MDH’s coronavirus web site: https://www.well being.state.mn.us/ailments/coronavirus/index.html
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