The Minnesota Legislature moved swiftly to unanimously pass legislation that would invest $20.9 million in reinforcing the state’s response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. State Representative Jeff Brand (DFL – St. Peter) voted in favor of the bill.

 

“Minnesota’s strong public health system is ready to deal with this virus,” said Rep. Brand. “The bipartisan bill we passed today ensures that the Minnesota Department of Health will have the tools it needs to confront the spread of COVID-19 and deliver the necessary resources to our community.”

 

With two confirmed cases of the virus in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health has set up a hotline to answer questions relating to COVID-19, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 651-201-3920. Residents are also encouraged to visit www.health.state.mn.us for up-to-date and accurate information.