Governor Tim Walz acknowledges it could be some time before Minnesotans are again allowed to visit their loved ones in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, as the COVID-19 pandemic hits particularly hard in those places:

“I think people are now — and the president included — have realized it’s going to be longer rather than shorter. I think there is a school of thought… that it will be many months.”

The governor says they’re trying to figure out the best way to make that sustainable.   Families have been talking to their loved ones via telephone and “virtual visits” on the Internet.