Gov. Tim Walz has declared a state of emergency today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency included several  recommendations that closely follow the recommendations issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. These recommendations are part of an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The State of Emergency also calls for support from the National Guard to “assist in the peacetime emergency.”

Social distancing is the key element which includes canceling or postponing gatherings of 250 people or more, ensuring space of 6 feet per person at smaller events; and to limit gatherings of people at higher risk for severe illness to no more than 10.

Minnesota had 14 cases as of Friday, up from nine a day earlier. All of the cases so far have been in the Twin Cities area with the exception of one case in Olmstead County in southeast Minnesota.

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