MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Trump issued a disaster declaration in Minnesota on Tuesday, lending federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts to assist Minnesotans affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Major disasters have been declared in more than 40 other states.

Federal funding will now be available to state, tribal, local governments and private non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures related to the disease.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar released this statement after President Trump’s declaration:

“The coronavirus pandemic has caused a public health and economic crisis across Minnesota,” Klobuchar said. “This declaration is a step toward making sure those in need have access to critical resources. I will continue working to ensure that all Minnesotans, as well as our state’s health care facilities, small businesses, and farmers, have access to much needed relief.”

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