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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will self-quarantine, bodyguard has coronavirus


March 24, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will self-quarantine and work from home for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.

“Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow," Walz said in a news release.

Walz was informed of his bodyguard's positive test on Monday morning and has not left home since, a spokesman said. The first-term governor will lead the state's coronavirus response from his residence in St. Paul.

First case of coronavirus confirmed in Minnesota House of Representatives

A Minnesota House of Representatives employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first evidence of the virus at the state Capitol.

The situation is the latest coronavirus case to hit the state Capitol. Last week, a Minnesota House of Representatives employee was presumed to have the coronavirus, shutting down the State Office Building. Days earlier, lawmakers had left the state Capitol on a hiatus because of the coronavirus.

Walz was preparing to issue more executive orders Monday afternoon, but does not plan to impose a shelter-in-place requirement as other states have done.

Minnesota governor: Shelter in place ‘a possibility’ but not happening yet

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says a shelter-in-place order is a “possibility”, but as of now it is “not the situation we believe we are at.” 

Monday morning, the governors of Michigan and Wisconsin ordered their residents to stay at home with limited exceptions, like shopping for groceries, picking up medications or seeking health care. The governors of Illinois, California and New York issued similar orders last week.

"I know this has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. That’s why issuing a #SaferAtHome order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do, and it’s not something I take lightly. But here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously," Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Monday.

Evers told reporters in Madison on Friday that he was not yet considering a shelter-in-place order.

Wisconsin has had four deaths and nearly 400 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Minnesota has seen one death and 169 confirmed cases as of Sunday.

Walz said last week that his administration is deliberating over a similar order in Minnesota. He said Friday that calling an order remained a possibility.

This week, Walz must decide whether to impose shelter-in-place restrictions or simply extend the current orders closing schools and many businesses across the state, which expire Friday.


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