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Minnesota makes difficult choices as COVID cases mount


December 17, 2020

Glen Stubbe • Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, in St. Paul, Minn.

The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out, but it will be months before enough people get the shots to end to the pandemic.

Mitigation measures need to remain in place, which means prioritizing among the many activities that Minnesotans long to resume: classroom instruction, youth sports, social gatherings, dining out. "All of the above" is not yet an option.

While cases are trending down in Minnesota after Gov. Tim Walz hit a four-week "pause" beginning Nov. 21, infections are still at a high level here and far exceed thresholds of concern. Rapidly lifting restrictions could reignite COVID's spread. That's why Walz's cautious touch on Wednesday in turning the COVID control "dial" to a slightly less restrictive setting was appropriate.


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