MN Government Updates 09.08

Special Session Expected Friday

Governor Tim Walz is expected to call the legislature back into special session on Friday as he prepares to renew his peacetime emergency powers for another 30 days.

The special session is expected to be limited in scope and a bonding bill will not be voted upon given that Minnesota is still in a post-bond sale blackout period where the state cannot make changes to its financial status. The earliest the legislature could take action on a bonding bill is September 20.

Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on whether to allow the governor to continue his peacetime emergency powers. The DFL-controlled House is expected to vote to allow the powers to remain in effect while the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to end them.

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a press briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Education joined today’s call to talk about the first day of school.

Director Kris Ehresmann, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division

  • Director Ehresmann reported 387 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the state’s COVID-19 case total to 81,608.
  • The median COVID-19 case age is 35-years-old.
  • There were two additional deaths due to COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state to 1,862.
  • Currently, 257 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19 with 135 of those in the ICU.
  • Hospitalizations decreased by 18.
  • ICU bed use decreased by one.
  • Director Ehresmann outlined several important measures for parents and families to undertake as the new school year begins:
  • Limiting exposure to COVID-19 by social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding crowds.
  • Getting tested when appropriate and staying home while getting test results.
  • Receiving a flu shot and other immunizations this fall.
  • Having a student stay home when he or she feels sick.
  • Staying home for 14 days for someone who has had close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Department of Education

  • Commissioner Ricker asked students and families to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks, avoiding large groups, and washing hands when outside of the school environment.
  • The commissioner also asked businesses to be flexible with their employees to accommodate for working parents who may have a child whose school district is employing a hybrid or distance learning model.

Amos A. Briggs | Government Relations
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