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Where Things Once Stood: Metro Area Employment Situation Pre-COVID-19

5/5/2020 3:00:00 PM

Tim O'Neill

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. As cases of COVID-19 spread to Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-01 on March 13, declaring a peacetime emergency. Subsequent executive orders would require the temporary closure of bars, restaurants, and “other places of public accommodation,” and “directed Minnesotans to stay at home except for certain exempted activities and critical sector work.” These drastic steps were taken to ensure that Minnesota could slow the rate of COVID-19’s spread enough to acquire needed medical equipment, prepare medical staff and facilities and avoid overwhelming the health care system.

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