MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order, telling Minnesotans to stay at home for two weeks. Later, the U.S. Senate passed the $2 trillion relief package. The vote was 96 to 0. The bill now goes to the House.
Here are the latest updates in the COVID-19 pandemic:
- 6 p.m.:
- 4:35 p.m.: American Heart Association to grant $2.5 million for COVID-19 research and additional resources.
- 3:52 p.m.: The Rosedale Center in Roseville will close on Friday at 5 p.m.
- 3:28 p.m.: Grand Old Day has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Organizers say the event is set for 2021.
- 3:09 p.m.: The University of St. Thomas says it is paying its student workers through the end of the year.
- 3:08 p.m.: Senator Amy Klobuchar says her husband John Bessler has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home.
- 3 p.m.: Gov. Tim Walz held a daily update with health officials, saying the age range infected is 5 months old to 104 years old. He also addressed the stay at home order, the second reported death and much more. Follow all the updates on Pat Kessler’s Twitter page.
- 2:19 p.m.: There are 707 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin, and eight people have died.
- 1:37 p.m.: KinderCare daycare centers in the Twin Cities are remaining open to provide childcare for essential workers.
- 1:37 p.m.: The Edina City Council will hold a closed electronic emergency meeting at 2 p.m. on Friday, to discuss public safety procedures.
- 1:19 p.m.: Some M Health Fairview clinics will transition to providing virtual care in response to COVID-19.
- 12:55 p.m.: Minnesota Historical Society Sites and Museums will remain closed through May 1.
- 12:38 p.m.: Officials says the current cell phone network cannot meet increased demand from the COVID-19 outbreak — and it has affected public safety communications.
- 12:04 p.m.: Ramsey County is opening a respite facility for unsheltered single adults who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- 11:46 a.m.: Secretary of State Steve Simon says his office is considering an all-mail ballot system for 2020 elections.
- 11:01 a.m.: Minnesota officials report the second COVID-19 death in the state. Meanwhile, the number of positive cases in Minnesota has climbed to 346.
- 10:30 a.m.: MSP Airport closes the Quick Ride Ramp until further notice. Parking is still available at both terminals.
- 10:24 a.m.: The CEO of Life Time Fitness, which is based in Chanhassen, told Fox News that his company will likely furlough 90% of its workforce if an “end date” isn’t given for the economic shutdown.
- 9:57 a.m.: The State Patrol says that the drop in traffic due to the pandemic is not a “license to speed.”
- 9:45 a.m.: The Minnesota Zoo is closed, but zookeepers are still working to take care of the animals.
- 9:43 a.m.: The St. Paul Fire Department says it will graduate 17 firefighters early to add to their numbers and strengthen the city’s response to COVID-19.
- 9:15 a.m.: The U.S. House is poised to take up the coronavirus relief bill on Friday.
- 8:15 a.m.: Officials in Wisconsin say the COVID-19 death toll in the state has climbed to eight.
- 7:31 a.m.:U.S. unemployment claims soar to 3.3 million as layoffs continue to mount amid the pandemic.
- 7:20 a.m.:Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef” and won “Top Chef Masters,” died of coronavirus complications, a statement from his company said. He was 59.
- 6:01 a.m.:The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has climbed over 1,000. The global death toll is over 21,000.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a $330 million financial aid package.