Last week, Governor Walz announced a plan that delivers $841 million in federal dollars from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Minnesota’s counties and cities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Our local governments are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s more crucial than ever to ensure that important services continue for our community. I applaud Governor Walz for heeding our calls to deliver on these funds that will not only help our local governments, but also our small businesses, hospitals, and those who have been impacted by this virus.
Once approved by the Legislative Advisory Commission, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will distribute these funds on a rolling basis this week. Based on a per capita formula and the framework we had established in the Minnesota House, Washington County would receive $31.7 million, Stillwater would receive $1.5 million, Lake Elmo would receive $792,665, and other amounts are available here.
Minnesota has reached the important milestone of over 500,000 tests, bringing our testing capacity up to 20,000 tests a day - a crucial factor in our efforts to understand and combat this virus. If you or a loved one are in need of a COVID-19 test, you can find the nearest testing location here. For many in our community, the closest location will be the Curve Crest Clinic in Stillwater.