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Heading into fall, Governor Tim Walz urges Minnesotans to double down in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Community transmission in Minnesota is currently at high and sustained levels; Minnesotans should remain vigilant, especially in private gatherings like parties, weddings, funerals

9/3/2020 7:01:27 PM

Heading into fall, Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm today urged Minnesotans to double down in their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Currently at over 30 percent, Minnesota’s rate of community transmission is at a high and sustained level.

“As we head into the fall and the long winter ahead, we must double down in our fight to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “We must all do our part to slow the spread, protect our communities, and keep our businesses open. I know it is hard, but Minnesotans are resilient people. We must dig deep, stay strong, and hold the virus at bay.”

“I know it is incredibly difficult to not hug your grandparents. It can be awkward to ask your friends to wear a mask. It’s a hassle to keep sanitizing your hands. But just because you’re over the pandemic, doesn’t mean it’s over you,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “As the weather grows colder and we approach flu season, it is more important than ever that we take strict precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Commissioner Malcolm urged extra caution around private gatherings like parties, weddings, and funerals, citing case growth in private settings.

“We’re seeing concerning instances of community transmission in our state, often linked to private gatherings like parties or weddings,” said Commissioner Malcolm. “Each of us needs to take responsibility and work hard to keep COVID-19 at bay in our communities.”

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