The increase in COVID cases is prompting renewed calls for vigilance–especially as students prepare to go back to school. State Education Commissioner Heather Mueller has this message for kids:

“We value you and we know that this has been incredibly difficult and you all have deserved to have school years that are memorable and typical and we also know that your safety and health and wellness continues to be our top priority.”

Several Minnesota schools have already announced mask-wearing requirements for the upcoming school year. Mueller is also recommending that everyone eligible get the COVID vaccination.