Hopefully you aren’t already going stir-crazy at home, because your stay is about to be extended.
Governor Tim Walz has issued a “stay home”order, extending from March 27th through April 10th, urging Minnesotans not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. The governor said based on scientific modeling, if no mitigation were put into place, Minnesota’s worst-case scenario could be 74,000 deaths from COVID-19. Most cases of coronavirus are mild, but 15% require hospitalization and 5% require ICU care.
Walz stated that patients have a 10 times greater chance of survival if they get ICU care. He says his plan will give Minnesota time to increase capacity by transforming large facilities to add ICU beds.
The closure of bars and restaurants is extended to May 1, and schools will continue distance learning until May 4.
Minnesotans will be allowed to leave their residence for:
- Health and safety activities
- Outdoor activities
- Necessary supplies and services
- Essential interstate travel
- Care of others
- Relocation to ensure safety
Workers who are considered essential are:
- Health care and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Child care
- Food and agriculture
- News media
- Water and wastewater
- Critical manufacturing