MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Friday marks nearly a full week since Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order went into effect in Minnesota, in which he directed residents to stay home as much as possible to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Thursday, Minneapolis announced that the city’s public beaches and pools will be closed for the summer, and the city’s park police said it’s asking people to stop playing team sports, like soccer, basketball and football. Additionally, the governor and health officials announced a change of course in reporting the spread of the disease: Going forward, they will now be releasing the names and locations of long-term care facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Here are the latest updates in the coronavirus pandemic:

  • 8:20 p.m.: Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order to lift hours of service requirements for truck drivers transporting livestock feed or fertilizer, in order to support Minnesota’s agriculture community while they work to keep Minnesotans fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 7:22 p.m.: St. Paul Mayor Carter says three city streets will close to allow people to socially distance while outdoors
  • 6:28 p.m.: Attorney General Ellison enforces executive order against forcing tenants to vacate during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 6:03 p.m.: Art-A-Whirl in NE Minneapolis canceled, was scheduled to be held in May.
  • 5:38 p.m.: Walmart to start limiting shoppers and having one-way aisles as of Saturday.
  • 5:32 p.m.: The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will launch a new parks response team to monitor park use.
  • 5:13 p.m.: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes $5.9 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to help Native American communities across Minnesota.
  • 4:30 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control recommends that Americans voluntarily wear a non-medical mask in public.
  • 4:02 p.m.: Wisconsin Republicans say election should be held as planned Tuesday despite Gov. Tony Evers’ request to delay.
  • 3:16 p.m.: University of Minnesota board of regents approves comprehensive student fee refund plan.
  • 3:02 p.m.: Stocks close lower on Wall Street after latest grim reading on job losses due to coronavirus outbreak spooks investors.
  • 3 p.m.: Minnesota ranks first in the nation in when it comes to takeout, curbside and delivery dining during our ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.
  • 2:38 p.m.: The U.S. Supreme Court says it will postpone arguments scheduled for April because of the coronavirus pandemic but isn’t ruling out hearing some arguments within months.
  • 2:06 p.m.: DoorDash is partnering with over 1,800 convenience store locations nationwide to offer increased access to household essentials.
  • 2 p.m.: Gov. Walz and state officials give update to COVID-19 response in the state. Identification of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases will happen Saturday. Follow Pat Kessler’s tweets of the briefing.
  • 1 p.m.: Gov. Tim Walz unveils new state website detailing COVID-19 response.
  • 12:15 p.m.: A 16-year-old Wisconsin high school sophomore who had symptoms of the coronavirus and posted about it on social media was ordered by a sheriff’s deputy to delete the posts and threatened with being taken to jail, her attorney said Friday.
  • 11:15 a.m.: A third hotel in the Twin Cities is taking in homeless people in its isolated spaces.
  • 11 a.m.: Minnesota health officials announce four more COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the state’s death toll to 22. Meanwhile, 47 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • 10 a.m.: WNBA postpones start of the the season; Lynx support decision.
  • 9 a.m.: Rock the Garden is canceled. The concert was slated for June 20 with Tegan And Sara, Brittany Howard And Poliça as headliners.
  • 8:34 a.m.: The Twin Cities Pride celebrations, including the Pride parade and festival, are postponed indefinitely.
  • 7:35 a.m.: The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs last month in the face of the pandemic. This marks the end of a near decade-long hiring streak.
  • 6:15 a.m.:The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 6,000 people in the U.S., researchers say. Meanwhile, officials have expressed concern that some Americans aren’t taking the social distancing guidelines seriously.
  • 6 a.m.:  The criminal justice reform organization created by Jay-Z and Meek Mill is sending nearly 100,000 surgical masks to prisons and correctional facilities across the U.S.
  • 5:38 a.m.: Two cruise ships carrying passengers sick with coronavirus have docked in Florida. It ends a nightmarish vacation for some Minnesotans.
  • 1:12 a.m.:A federal judge has ruled against postponing Wisconsin’s April 7 primary but is giving voters an additional six days to turn in absentee ballots.

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