Appointment Scheduling Opens for Vaccine Pilot Program
Today, the Minnesota Department of Health opened the appointment process for some Minnesotans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination appointments will occur at one of the state’s nine community vaccination pilot clinics through a new website and call center. The clinics will initially serve adults age 65 and older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, staff, and child care workers. (See Who's Getting Vaccinated?)
Minnesota Department of Health Urges Providers to Offer COVID-19 Doses to Broader Groups
Following significant changes in federal guidance on vaccine distribution earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today informed hospitals, health care systems, and other vaccination partners that they can provide vaccines to broader categories of Minnesotans – including Minnesotans 65 years of age and older.
Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency
Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 21-04, extending the peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to the pandemic, including safely and effectively distributing the vaccine. Forty-eight other states remain in a state of emergency.
Walz Calls Special Session of the Legislature for December 14
Governor Tim Walz today announced that he will convene a special session of the Minnesota Legislature beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020. The governor hopes to provide relief to small businesses, workers, and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Walz intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days to ensure that the state can continue to quickly respond to the pandemic.
State Officials to Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Governor Tim Walz, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health, and a bipartisan groups of legislators are scheduled to provide an in-depth briefing of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Walz Calls on Congress to Provide Immediate COVID-19 Relief
As COVID-19 surges across the country, Governor Tim Walz has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to act quickly to provide assistance for workers, families, businesses, and states.
Walz to Announce Further COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Tomorrow
Today, Governor Tim Walz conducted a press conference (via conference call) with reporters to share stories of Minnesotans who have been impacted by COVID-19. He said the country is in the grips of the worst surge of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Announcement on New COVID-19 Restrictions Expected Tomorrow
Governor Tim Walz told reporters today that new measures aimed toward curbing the spread of COVID-19 will be announced tomorrow. The governor specifically mentioned that new restrictions will be placed on bars and restaurants in the state and hinted that such measures may include an earlier closing time.
Walz Signs Bonding Bill
At the Ironworkers Local 512 Training Center in St. Paul today, Governor Tim Walz signed the $1.9 billion Local Jobs and Projects Plan that will invest in construction and renovation projects across the state. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Minnesota House (100-34) and Senate (64-3).