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Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein Votes for Coronavirus Response Bill

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein

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Minnesota House of Representatives
District 41B 651-296-4331 –
429 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

CONTACT: Thomas Olsen
651-297-8163 or

March 10, 2020


Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein Votes for Coronavirus Response Bill


St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota House of Representatives yesterday unanimously approved a bill to ensure that public health officials are prepared to respond to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. The bill (House File 3980) appropriates approximately $21 million dollars to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and was signed into law by Governor Tim Walz today. 


“COVID-19 should not be ignored, I am pleased with the response of our state health systems and their leaders’ proactive approach to mitigating the spread of this virus,” said Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New-Brighton). “We should all be thinking about our most vulnerable community members; our elders, those with compromised health issues, and our health workers. Please, follow the suggestions proposed by MDH and let’s get through this together.” 


Minnesota confirmed the first case of coronavirus on Friday, March 6. A second case was confirmed on Sunday, March 8. MDH has set up a public hotline that will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 651-201-3920. You can also visit for up-to-date and accurate information about what Minnesota is doing to prepare for and stop the spread of COVID-19. 



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