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Walz extends Minnesota's stay-at-home order until May 4

Updated: April 08, 2020 04:46 PM

Gov. Tim Walz is extending his stay home order until May 4 in a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

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Walz's original order had been scheduled to expire Friday.  Walz said the state has seen success in slowing COVID-19 but said the data shows more time is needed.

"We are taking this seriously, and we are staying home. While Minnesota is showing lower rates of infections than our peers across the country, now is not the time to let up or allow that trajectory to change. Updated federal guidance and our own public health experts are showing that if we keep staying home, we will save lives," Walz said in a news release.

Exceptions to the stay home order include shopping for groceries and other necessary supplies, picking up take-out orders, health and safety activities, care of persons or pets in another location, outdoor activities, moving to a new residence, and relocation to ensure safety.

Walz made it clear that he feels this move will save lives of Minnesotans, making his point in simple terms. "This is the absolute given, if you need a ventilator and don't get one, there's a very slim chance you are going to survive. If you need a ventilator and you get one, your chance of survival increases 10 times."

Governor Walz said he will be making another decision about whether or not to allow bars, restaurants and other gathering places to open sometime in the first week of May as well.

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