Governor Walz Pleads with Minnesota to Take Virus Serious & Protect Healthcare Workers

Governor Walz Pleads with Minnesota to Take Virus Serious & Protect Healthcare Workers

November 20, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/20/20)

St. Paul, MN — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz spoke with members of the media for the fourth straight day on Thursday afternoon and this time was joined by hospital leaders to stress the importance of Minnesotans changing their behavior amid a COVID-19 surge to preserve the state’s hospital capacity and protect health care professionals.  Cindy Firkins Smith, MD and President and Co-CEO at Carris Health in Wilmar, says their staff are exhausted, frustrated, and disheartened by the number of people who aren’t doing what they must do to stop this virus from spreading.

Dr. Carolyn McClain is an Emergency Physician and spoke on the harrowing realities of the day-to-day life in the emergency room trying to help people who are dying from COVID-19.

Governor Walz issued an executive order that goes into effect tonight at midnight that prohibits social gatherings of any kind. Walz says he doesn’t want to force Minnesotans into doing the right thing, but he hopes they’ll want to do the right things.

And Walz says he’s doing everything he can to try and get more assistance from those at Federal level so those impacted by these shutdowns can recoup some of the costs.

Minnesota recorded a record 72 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday with one of those being an individual between the ages of 75 and 79 in Mahnomen County.