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10,000 Minnesota health care workers filed for unemployment in past 10 days


March 27, 2020

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove listened as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke at a news conference last week to discuss the state response to COVID-19. Grove is overseeing the unemployment insurance efforts.

More than 10,000 Minnesota health care workers have applied for unemployment assistance in the last 10 days, more than quadruple the number who applied for the financial assistance in all of last year.

The state's health care system prepares to ramp up to peak capacity in coming weeks as 15% of people who contract COVID-19 end up in the hospital and 5% require intensive care. Yet the order from Gov. Tim Walz indefinitely postponing all nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures as of Monday has reduced the revenue available to pay for care at peak levels.


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