Walz expects COVID-19 to reach all counties

Walz expects COVID-19 to reach all counties Click to Enlarge

Gov. Tim Walz said 59 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today (Thu) in Minnesota. The state also reported its second death… a person in Ramsey County who was in their 80s.

Minnesota now has a total of 346 confirmed coronavirus cases with two deaths.

Walz’s two-week stay-at-home order begins at midnight Friday night.

"There will be a point when (COVID-19) will reach all 87 counties," Walz said. "Our goal is to make sure that does not happen for quite some time and that it does not happen when we overload the health care system. And if we do this right, new therapies come online before then."

Walz is also asking Minnesotans to refrain from showing discrimination toward Asians in the state.

"We're getting a lot of calls and experiencing a higher rate of discrimination and hate speech," Walz said. "I'm hearing stories from my own staff of people turning and walking away -- not social distancing, but just clearly because of beign an Asian or a pacific islander."

There have been reports of people blaming Asians for the coronavirus because some call it the “Chinese virus.”

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