Gov. Walz to address the state this afternoon

Gov. Tim Walz will address the state this afternoon, as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

The Minnesota Legislature has been called back to another special session that starts Thursday, as the Governor intends to extend the peacetime state of emergency another 30 days for the eighth time.

“This is a dangerous phase of this pandemic. We’re in the midst of a surge in case positivity and hospitalizations,” said Governor Walz.

“Extending the Peacetime Emergency will help ensure we have the tools we need to respond quickly to protect Minnesotans’ health and well-being.”

Minnesota’s case positivity rate is over 10 percent, twice the level at which COVID-19 spread is considered controllable.

“We are still in an emergency, and it’s getting more urgent,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.

“With positivity rates, hospitalizations, and deaths rising, we have to be prepared to protect Minnesotans over this long winter.”

The address will stream at 2 p.m. on the Governor’s YouTube channel.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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