State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake says he had a mixed reaction to Governor Walz’s decision to keep the stay-at-home order in place until May fourth. Draheim says he supports the safeguards for public health but feels more people could be allowed to re-join the workforce, especially individuals who work outdoors. He was asked if he’s skeptical about the data the Governor is receiving to make his decisions.

“Yes, I am skeptical of the data he’s receiving,” said Draheim. “And I want to be clear, that isn’t the Governor’s fault. He has a lot of people whispering in his ear.”

Draheim says we’re reaching the point where the cure will do more damage than the virus

“We have to get people back to work,” said Draheim. “There’s been an almost nine hundred percent increase in calls to mental health hotline and there’s plenty of issues that go along with that.”

Draheim feels the state can conduct a step-by-step process to re-open the economy, but lawmakers are not be shown the math to assist with that idea. The Minnesota Department of Health says they will conduct a webinar Friday morning to explain how they’re coming up with the idea.