I watched the powerful memorial service for George Floyd this afternoon, pausing to reflect on this past week, while talking with folks throughout the day on what we can do differently moving forward. My heartfelt sympathy is again extended to the family of George Floyd.
The COVID-19 pandemic created an emerging economic crisis unlike any we have faced in recent memory and the tragic death of George Floyd and the unrest that followed has devastated many of our small businesses. Many are now struggling as well to repair and rebuild.
In our effort to help our Charitable Foundation, a registered 501(c)3, is partnering with the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance and Midway Chamber of Commerce, together now are collecting financial donations to support our community with direct financial support for small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.
As we work to allocate and distribute these funds, we will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in our community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses.
In terms of our tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and our response to both:
Updates from the Governor
Thursday’s DEED Call, 11:00am: State Commissioners and Business
Wednesday’s Media Briefing, 3:00pm: AG Ellison
These are initial estimates provided to the SOC. Saint Paul’s number is an early estimate of the City’s costs to respond to the first week of protests, including overtime, equipment, and damage to city equipment/infrastructure. It does not include any estimates for damages to private property. We cannot speak to the numbers for the other jurisdictions.
COVID-19 update as of 6/4/2020
Confirmed cases in Minnesota: 26,273
Confirmed cases in U.S. (as of 6/4): over 1.86M
Confirmed cases globally (as of 6/4): almost 6.6M
Cases requiring hospitalization: 3,253 (representing 12.4% of total)
#s currently hospitalized: 512 (down from 549 on 6/1)
#s no longer needing to be isolated: 21,490
#s tested: 275,622
Total deaths in Minnesota: 1,115 (896/80.3% cases in long term care or assisted living facilities)
Total deaths in U.S. (updated 6/4): almost 108K
Total deaths globally (updated 6/4): over 388K
Cases in Counties represented:
Hennepin County: 8,867 (641 deaths)
Ramsey County: 3,252 (140 deaths)
Dakota County: 1,414 (64 deaths)
Washington County: 680 (15 deaths)
See available SBA COVID-19 training here.
Visit our events page for webinars and events and the Ramsey County Means Business page for information to help businesses navigate resources during this pandemic. If you need more personalized assistance, contact our Rapid Response Team to assist you in finding an answer.
Be safe and be well!
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce