MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Overnight, U.S. Senate leaders and the White House came to an agreement on a $2 trillion aid deal to help American workers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The relief package would provide direct payments to most Americans, expand jobless benefits, provide $367 billion to small businesses, and assist state and local governments.
Here are the latest updates in the COVID-19 pandemic:
- 10:57 p.m.: The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
- 5:12 p.m.: Allina Health employees volunteer to assemble personal protection equipment.
- 4:29 p.m.: Girl Scouts River Valleys announces “Cookies for a Cause” to share cookies during COVID-19 pandemic.
- 4:07 p.m.: Stearns County PPE donation center to close Friday due to Stay at Home order.
- 3:31 p.m.: Medica donates $1 million to Minnesota non-profits to meet emergency needs for coronavirus.
- 2:38 p.m.: Wisconsin Dental Association donates 20,000 surgical masks, other PPE to WI emergency management.
- 2:10 p.m.: Gov. Tim Walz issues executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks.
- 12:57 p.m.: The Senate is expected to vote on the $2 trillion stimulus bill responding after lengthy negotiations between congressional Democrats and Trump administration officials resulted in an early morning breakthrough.
- 12:01 p.m.: Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce additional restrictions in Minnesota at a 2 p.m. press conference.
- 11 a.m.: State health officials announced Wednesday that the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota has risen to 287, up from 262 on Tuesday.
- 10:52 a.m.: Gov. Tim Walz says Minnesotans are doing a good job at keeping their distance, and there’s data to back it up.
- 10:35 a.m.: WCCO’s Jason DeRusha explained what it’s like to anchor during the COVID-19 outbreak. He detailed the unique experience in a video.
- 9:59 a.m.: Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol to beef up the state’s fight against COVID-19.
- 6 a.m.: Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19, showing mild symptoms.
- 5:40 a.m.: Target says checkout lanes will be cleaned after every transaction and there’ll be designated markers in store to promote social distancing.
- 5:34 a.m.: Senate leaders and the White House agree to a $2 trillion relief package to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- 1 a.m.: The Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns posts emotional video to Instagram, announcing his mother is in a medically-induced coma after coming down with COVID-19.