Governor Tim Walz, announcing new COVID restrictions, warned that hospitals are on the verge of dangerous capacity shortages as the pandemic spikes to its highest level yet in Minnesota:

“This is not a situation where we’re panicked.   It is not a situation where people are not going to get care, but it is a situation that, it will change dramatically.”

Walz says Minnesotans can start to address the situation by their behavior. His order prohibits in-person service at bars and restaurants after 10 p-m beginning Friday, plus other restrictions.   Attendance limits will phase-in for receptions at weddings, funerals and similar events. And officials are asking people to limit private gatherings to 10 people, from no more than three households.