MN Government Updates 04.28

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

Governor Tim Walz did not participate in today’s Minnesota Department of Health briefing. The governor was in Rochester for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Mayo Clinic.

Commissioner Jan Malcolm

  • Commissioner Malcolm said the state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is up 365 since yesterday. The new total number of laboratory-confirmed cases 4,181. The increase is due to a higher number of intensive testing due to outbreaks.
  • There were an additional 15 deaths due to COVID-19 – brining the state total to 301. 10 of those deaths were associated with residents in long-term care facilities.
  • Currently, 314 patients are hospitalized with 120 of those in the ICU.
  • According to the department, one week ago 927 people were tested in one day. As of yesterday, there were 2,412 tests.
  • When asked whether the state will reach the ability for 5,000 tests a day by Monday to reopen the next layer of the economy, Commissioner Malcolm responded that testing is one factor the governor will be considering. It’s not a singular factor in his decision.
  • When asked what the specific number of tests will be by Monday, the department responded that they couldn’t provide a specific number, but that the testing numbers will be higher than it is today.

House Convenes for Floor Session

Today, the House met for a floor session. While no bills were taken up, a resolution was offered by Rep. Eric Lucero (R-Dayton) to end Governor Walz’s peacetime emergency executive order. With 90 votes needed to suspend the rules for the House to take up the resolution, the motion failed 59-73.

Both the House and Senate will reconvene their respective floor sessions at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

Amos A. Briggs | Government Relations
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