Gov. Walz Extends Stay Home Order

Gov. Walz Extends Stay Home Order Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) Governor Tim Walz is extending his Stay Home Order to May 4.

The order was set to expire on Friday. The announcement comes after federal, state and local health officials say community mitigation measures, such as social distancing, are working to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor already extended the ordered closure of Minnesota schools, bars, restaurants, and other gathering places into May.

National models suggest the state’s peak will occur in mid-April. During a press conference on Wednesday, the Governor showed a model that suggested extending the order would push Minnesota’s COIVD-19 peak to mid-May-July. The Governor said the state will use the extra time to continuing building up its supply of ICU beds, ventilators and personnel protective equipment (PPE).

Walz is calling on Minnesota to manufacture its PPE and testing, saying the state cannot rely on the national supply chain.

Walz also plans to consult with state health and labor officials along with state businesses to determine ways to get citizens back to work without erasing the progress the state has made.

“We cannot rest easy, this thing can explode overnight if we don’t take precautions,” Walz said.

As of Wednesday, Winona County has four deaths and 20 confirmed cases, according to Health and Human Services Director Karen Sannes. Statewide, the death toll is 39 with 1,154 confirmed cases.

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