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Minnesota Executive Order by Governor Walz

25 Mar 2020 3:59 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

Attached is Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” executive order.  It is extremely comprehensive.  Since California Governor Newsome issued the first of these orders, they have steadily gotten better and more specific.  On page 10 - bullet point h - defines all forms of media as essential.  So you have that - you are officially essential.

Governor Walz indicated that he has been in contact with the Governor of North Dakota and Wisconsin to ensure that what we were doing did not wildly conflict with what Wisconsin had done or North Dakota was about to do.  

Further, Governor Walz indicated that although the duration of the order was for two weeks that was subject to change, and it could be extended for a longer period.  The intent of the Order was to further separate people to slow the spread of the virus.  By doing that, the hope was that collectively the ability to respond would improve.  Meaning, we would have more ICU beds available, we would have more ventilators, masks, and other equipment, and we would be better able to identify who was at risk.  

He said that most of us will get the virus. Many will have no symptoms or mild symptoms, about 15% will need to be hospitalized, and 5% will need to be in the ICU. In other countries like Italy and China, they ran out of ICU beds and people were turned away and thus mortality rates skyrocketed.  By slowing the infection rate, we can better respond by having more equipment and spreading the need for ICU beds.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

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