April 6, 2020 Updated April 6, 2020 Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day. Dates provided are those when the case, hospitalization, or death was first posted in this situation report. Testing Total approximate number of completed tests: 28,128 Total approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 8,876 Total approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 19,252 Minnesota Case Information Total positive: 986 Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 470 Total deaths: 30 Hospitalization Total cases requiring hospitalization: 223 Hospitalized as of today: 115 Hospitalized in ICU as of [...]
Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today launched a Discrimination Helpline to reinforce the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toll-free helpline, which is at 1-833-454-0148, will allow those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Minnesotans are resilient people who support their neighbors when the going gets tough,” Governor Walz said. “As Asian Americans in Minnesota report heightened cases of [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health has reported the first confirmed case of community transmission of COVID-19 in Nicollet County. The case was initially reported on Saturday, April 4 but details about the case were provided to Nicollet County Health and Human Services today. Community transmission means the individual did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19. Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, so official case count of four is not representative of the total number of people in Nicollet County who have or had COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to spread in Minnesota, we [...]
NorthStar Neighbor, a new nonprofit organization, was launched today matching volunteers with seniors or those at high risk of COVID-19 who need remote companionship and conversation and help with the delivery of food or prescriptions. The program matches healthy, low-risk Minnesotans who are under 60 with a senior in their community who is 60 or older or otherwise high-risk. Once the connection is made, the matched individuals take complete ownership of the process and their relationship, but the volunteer is encouraged to talk via phone or electronic means on a regular basis with his or her match and inquire about needed [...]
CenterPoint Energy today announced through its foundation the company will contribute $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations, agencies and causes that are committed to supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will include $1 million in direct contributions, as well as up to $500,000 in matching gifts for employees’ contributions to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations. CenterPoint Energy is Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility, serving more than 860,000 residential and business customers. “During this challenging time, the safety and well-being of CenterPoint Energy’s customers, employees, contractors and communities we serve remain a top priority,” said John W. Somerhalder II, [...]
Minnesota News Connection Mike Moen ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Tim Walz offered Minnesotans a mix of harsh realities and encouragement in his State of the State speech Sunday night. The message had a singular focus: the coronavirus crisis. The speech, which had been postponed by the pandemic, was streamed through YouTube from the governor's residence. Walz likened the situation to the brutal winters the region is known for. "We are used to long winters in Minnesota," Walz said. "We are resilient people with a deep reserve of courage, optimism and grit. But this will be like a winter we've never seen before. [...]
Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a major disaster declaration to authorize emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, to combat COVID-19. The funding would help mitigate the pandemic’s impact on public health, state resources, unemployment, and community infrastructure such as health care facilities. Under a disaster declaration, reimbursable activities typically include activation of an emergency operations center, National Guard costs, law enforcement, mental health support, and other measures necessary to protect public health and safety.
The Blue Earth County Library and North Mankato Taylor Library are excited to begin a new program that allows residents to receive books by mail beginning Monday, April 6. The program is made possible by a grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a collaborative effort of the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation. The mission of the Books by Mail program is to get fun, educational materials to community families and children who are staying safe at home. Residents who want to receive materials should call the Library within their County to arrange delivery of up to [...]
State Representative Jeff Brand (DFL - St. Peter) released the following statement on the state of the state address: “The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the life of every single Minnesotan, but through it all we remain One Minnesota. The steadfast leadership of Governor Walz and his administration, along with our work in the Minnesota Legislature, continues to deliver the resources and clarity that our state deserves. These are tough times, and the coming days likely won’t be any easier, but it’s through these struggles that our community, though physically separated, comes together. Minnesotans are making the sacrifices necessary because [...]
The Mankato Area Public School Board will hold an online work session Monday (April 6) to discuss financial planning. The work session begins 15 minutes after the 5:30 p.m. School Board meeting ends.