Governor Tim Walz says Minnesota has 17-hundred samples that need to be tested for COVID-19, and the state can’t do it because the federal government diverted materials to other states with larger outbreaks:

“We’re supposed to have high testing capacity in 14 of the most infected areas, but what it did was, it dried us up to basically zero.”

Walz says a “centralized testing regime” has disrupted the supply chain of critical elements for COVID testing. He contends the state needs a better handle on the number of cases to take appropriate steps to control the outbreak.