COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU capacity remain stable in Minnesota. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "278 people are currently in the hospital which is ten less than a day before," said Malcom. "There are currently 140 patients in the ICU, which is the lowest total since May first." MDH reported ten deaths Monday, which was the ninth straight day of ten or fewer COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Will Governor Walz make wearing masks mandatory in Minnesota? The Governor said Monday he's thinking about it. "I often say everything's on the table and that is no exception," said Walz. "That's been a part of the discussion since the beginning of the pandemic." Walz says wearing masks is the quickest way government can ease restrictions on businesses. "If you are for the economy opening up and for restrictions being lifted, the surest way to do that is to wear a mask," said Walz. Walz says he prefers the carrot before the stick approach to encourage people to wear masks
State Reaches “Moonshot” Goal of 20-thousand COVID-19 Tests Per Day, Governor Acknowledges There’s A Lot More Work To Do
The state of Minnesota says it has reached the Governor's "moonshot" goal of 20-thousand COVID-19 tests per day. Governor Walz acknowledged there's a lot more work to do so. "We're certainly not taking a victory lap," said Walz. "But we're acknowledging the work that has been done to allow us to reach this point. But the virus is here so it's something that we're going to have to manage for a long time." Walz says nearly six hundred thousand tests have been administered statewide since the start of the pandemic.
A Minnesota judge is warning that he's likely to move the trials of four police officers charged in George Floyd's death out of Minneapolis if public officials and attorneys continue speaking out about the case. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill asked a prosecutor during a pretrial hearing on Monday to use his influence to get public officials to stop talking about the case. If they don't, he says he'll have to move the trial or trials, depending on whether the officers are tried together or separately. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Officer Derek Chauvin held his [...]
A Sleepy Eye woman was injured in a Sunday afternoon accident in Mankato. The Minnesota State Patrol says 53-year-old Tamara Schwew was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato with non-life-threatening injuries. Schwew was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Corey Schwew of Sleepy Eye. The Schwew vehicle and a vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Cameron Batton of Mankato collided at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 14 Sunday afternoon around three-30.
(Monday) night, the Mankato City Council will consider taking the next steps in potentially requiring masks to be worn in public. The issue has been talked about at the state level as well according to MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. "The strength of saying something is required as compared to recommended does matter," said Malcom. "We're talking about that and looking at that quite closely and we're also noting cities and states across the country changing to a requirement to do so." Malcom says there's an increasing amount of data to prove that wearing masks is effective in slowing the spread of [...]
With A Large Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Blue Earth County, Will MDH Send A COVID-19 Testing Team to Mankato?
With COVID-19 cases rising in Blue Earth County will state officials sent a testing unit to Mankato, similar to what has been done in other "hot spots" around the state? The question was asked to MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom on Friday "We're developing better routine procedures on how to handle hot spots," said Malcom. "There's a team that has been formed and I'm sure they will consult with our epidemiology team to evaluate whether that would make sense." COVID-19 positive cases have increased 43 percent in Blue Earth County in the past week. MDH on Friday linked many of the cases [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 348 new positive cases of COVID-19 Friday. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom says that's the state's highest one day total since June fifth and the third straight day of increasing numbers. But Malcom adds the state reported a high testing volume as well. "We processed over 14-thousand tests on Thursday," said Malcom. MDH says 3.5 percent of tests reported Friday ended up being positive.
Considine: Lack of Cooperation Of Senate Republicans Reinforced His Decision To Continue The Governor’s Emergency Powers
State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato says the lack of cooperation by Senate Republicans derailed the special legislative session. He says since nothing was accomplished, it's good that Governor Walz still has his emergency powers. "The minority leader wanted to end the peace orders and go home," said Considine. "If we would have done that, who would have been in control? Their actions reinforced my decision to support the Governor's powers." Considine was critical of senate republicans adjourning the session last Saturday morning saying you don't leave a job before it is done and they went home without finishing their work.
State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake says the state of Minnesota's total budget has doubled in the last decade. Draheim said he authored a bill to reign in state's spending. "My legislation would have required every agency to bring their budget down to nothing, rebuild what they need for funding and why," said Draheim. "We've lost track of that as a state. All we do is add on programs on top of programs." The bill ultimately wasn't passed. Draheim says many of the state's programs are very worthy but his legislation would provide an opportunity to examine how tax dollars [...]