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Gov. Tim Walz asks Minnesotans to heed virus risks ahead of holiday


September 4, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put his face mask at the conclusion of a press conference in July 2020.

Gov. Tim Walz urged Minnesotans to stick with COVID-19 safety strategies of mask-wearing and social distancing heading into a Labor Day weekend that could have a "big impact" on the rise or fall of the pandemic in the state.

"Six months ago it was my hope that we would be ... going to the State Fair, watching high school football, gathering to watch the Gophers on Saturday, all of those things," Walz said Thursday. "Well, the virus has not allowed us to do that, and we have to remain vigilant. We have got to stick with this."

Walz echoed concerns expressed earlier in the week by Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House COVID-19 task force and state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm that people are being complacent in gathering with family and friends, and that the virus is taking advantage of those opportunities to spread.


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