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Many Minn. companies are sending employees home to work, but it's not an option for everyone
Across Minnesota, companies are telling scores of employees to work from home for the foreseeable future. But many jobs can’t be done from a laptop.
Politics Friday: What is the Minnesota government doing to stop coronavirus?
This week, the Legislature signed a nearly $21 million spending bill to pay for coronavirus-related expenses. The cosponsors of the bill talked about what the money will be used for and how the state is planning to help its citizens during the pandemic.
Walz advises no gatherings over 250 people as MN COVID-19 cases hit 14
Gov. Tim Walz Friday declared a “peacetime emergency” and laid out plans to curb the spread of coronavirus but did not order schools or the Capitol closed. The moves come as 14 Minnesotans have now tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The Minnesota State High School League had hoped to continue the girls tournament, which was set to run through Saturday. But officials Friday morning shut it down in response to coronavirus concerns. Later, the league unveiled plans to salvage the rest of the spring season.
M Health Fairview: Containment key to preserve hospital beds, equipment
A critical concern as COVID-19 spreads here in Minnesota is whether our healthcare system is prepared. M Health Fairview, which operates dozens of hospitals and clinics across the state, will be among those tested by the virus. Associate Chief Nurse Executive Linda Wick is leading that system’s response. She spoke with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer Friday morning.
The suburban district, with about 12,000 students, is the first in the state to close its schools in response to coronavirus fears. It joins thousands of other schools nationwide.
States begin widespread school closures to fight coronavirus
The closures come after many school districts and dozens of colleges and universities have temporarily closed or switched to virtual classes because of the disease.