MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Friday to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

As of Thursday, 1,344 people have died in Minnesota due to COVID-19. There are currently 31,675 lab-confirmed cases in the state.

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Walz has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember and honor COVID victims.

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“Thousands of Minnesotans have lost dear friends and close family members in the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “Each life taken has been a heartbreaking tragedy for our state. In these challenging times, we must work together to slow the spread of this pandemic.”

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Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags to honor Minnesotans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and their families.