Public health officials in Minnesota are working around the clock to prepare for and stop the spread of COVID-19.
For weeks now, MDH has been pulling together local public health, hospitals and health care providers for regular conference calls to share information and updates, and coordinate preparations. They’ve held calls with school nurses and superintendents, and will continue to do so in the days ahead.
The Legislature has put together and unanimously passed a funding solution that is expected to be signed by the Governor today.
What can Minnesotans do?
The best available guidance for avoiding coronavirus is to take the same precautions you take for avoiding colds and flu:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hand
- Stay home when sick.
- Stay informed. Check the MDH and CDC websites often.
Minnesota is fortunate to have a strong public health sector and world-class health care providers working hard to keep us healthy. We should all do our part and follow their guidance to prevent our neighbors from getting the illness.
Paid Family Leave
Last week the Minnesota House passed a timely measure to allow everyone in Minnesota to have access to paid family and medical leave. If signed into law, the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act would provide Minnesotans with up to 12 weeks of leave to recover from illness, bond with a new baby, or care for a loved one. They would receive a percentage of their regular wages while on leave. All Minnesota working parents and caregivers deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can be there for their families without risking their jobs. I was proud to vote "Yes" for paid family and and medical leave!