Minnesota Governor Tim Walz introduced a five-point plan to protect workers and residents in the state’s long-term care facilities Thursday.

“Expanded testing for workers and residents in facilities, provide support and troubleshooting to clear any barriers, make sure facilities have adequate personal protective equipment, ensure adequate staffing levels in the hardest-hit areas, and levering our partnerships so that facilities can better apply skills and talent,” said Walz.

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom says the added attention is needed.

“Residents of long-term care facilities account for less than one percent of Minnesota’s population, but they have accounted for 15 percent of our COVID-19 cases, 23 percent of our hospitalizations and startlingly 80 percent of our COVID-19 deaths,” said Malcom.

The Governor says the plan will be implemented in the coming days.