St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota House of Representatives today 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 is expected to be signed into law by Governor Tim Walz today.
“Public health officials in Minnesota are working around the clock to prepare for and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Rep. Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), a practicing physician. “The emergency funding we approved today is the result of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to prepare for potential challenges in the days ahead.”
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 www.health.state.mn.us for up-to-date and accurate information about what Minnesota is doing to prepare for and stop the spread of COVID-19.