I am hearing from many community members who want to know more about what their state government is doing to address the spread of COVID-19, a viral respiratory illness often referred to as the Coronavirus. First, I want to assure you that Minnesota is well prepared to effectively respond to an outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is in constant contact with the Legislature, hospitals, clinics, and providers.
Click here to visit an MDH webpage with specifics about what’s happening. On March 4, the House Health and Human Services Division held a public hearing about Minnesota’s preparedness and legislation to appropriate the necessary financial resources. Watch a video replay of the entire meeting here.
MDH’s labs are prepared to test patients for the condition. There are basic precautions we can all take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First thing’s first: wash your hands thoroughly. It may seem like common sense but washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is critical to effectively remove microbiological bacteria. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and be sure to cover your cough with your sleeve or elbow. Lastly, if you’re sick: stay home.
I will share updates and news from MDH about this very serious issue as I receive them.
Minnesota House Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bills
On Feb. 27, I voted in support of legislation to require criminal background checks on all gun sales and establish extreme risk protection orders. Minnesotans deserve to be safe at work, school, their place of worship, or any other public space. We are long overdue in getting this done and I hope the Senate will join us to help save more lives.
Click here for KARE11’s coverage of the vote.