Many of the models that have been shown related to the COVID-19 pandemic have recently drawn skepticism. Minnesota Department of Health director Jan Malcom says models should be used only as part of the analysis in determining the next steps to take.

“Models are just directional and shouldn’t be used by anybody to say on x date, y is going to happen,” said Malcom. “They’re really about getting a macro sense about what leverage you have available to you around increasing social distancing and increasing hospital capacity.”

Governor Tim Walz says he’s been receiving information from a Minnesota-specific model put together by epidemiologists at the University of Minnesota.