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Rep. Ruth Richardson votes for coronavirus response bill

Monday, March 9, 2020

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. 

“In response to Minnesotans’ concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the state House and Senate unanimously approved funding to ensure a strong response from our public health system,” said Rep. Ruth Richardson (DFL-Mendota Heights), who voted in support of the bill. “I encourage Minnesotans to contact the Minnesota Department of Health with questions about this very serious issue.” 

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.