MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz says he is going to be working from home in self-quarantine after coming into contact who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m using this as an opportunity to lead by example. Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow,” Walz said. “The most important thing Minnesotans can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”READ MORE: MN Providers Advised To 'Pause' Distribution Of Jonson & Johnson Vaccine Until Review Of Rare Blood Clot Cases
This isn’t a typical Monday morning but we’re still hard at work to combat the #COVIDー19 crisis. Minnesotans have been through long winters before, we’ll get through this one like we always do, together. Be safe, and #StayHomeMN. pic.twitter.com/C0PsPyqIQo
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) March 23, 2020READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial, April 13 Live Updates: The State Rests Its Case; Defense Begins To Call Witnesses
Walz said that a member of his security detail was the one who tested positive on Sunday evening.
Walz will be in self-quarantine until Monday, April 6. This is based on the CDC recommendations that anyone who has had known contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure.MORE NEWS: Fmr. President Obama On Daunte Wright Shooting: 'A Reminder Of Just How Badly We Need To Reimagine Policing'
“Because our state must maintain essential services, not every Minnesotan is able to stay home,” Walz said. “Those of us who are able to work from home must do so out of respect to our health care professionals, first responders, pharmacists, grocers, child care providers, and all Minnesotans who are working to keep us safe during this crisis.”