MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says a large supply of testing equipment purchased by the state has been intercepted and diverted by the federal government.READ MORE: Man Shot By Law Enforcement In Forest Lake Dies; BCA IDs Officers, Deputy Who Opened Fire
During a daily briefing Wednesday afternoon, Walz says the testing equipment — capable of testing thousands of people — was “picked off somewhere in the chain” by the federal government.
Walz says he’s spoken with Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, neither of which could tell him who did it and where it went.READ MORE: Black Friday Stealing Spree: Police Say Suspects ID'd In 'Brazen Mass Thefts’ At Metro Best Buy Stores
Additionally, Walz says personal protective equipment gowns on the way to Minnesota never made it, and was instead diverted away from the state by the White House. He says he hasn’t heard anything on that front either.
Walz, on nurses who are worried about PPE supply: "If your nurses are nervous about it, there's probably a reason to be nervous about it."
— Patrick Kessler (@PatKessler) May 20, 2020
During the same briefing, Walz announced the “phased plan” for bars, restaurants, salons and other businesses that can open on June 1. Under the plan, restaurants will be able to host outdoor dining starting June 1, provided that social distancing is enforced.MORE NEWS: Northern Express Holiday Experience Opens In Excelsior This Friday
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