No news on schools or masks, yet, but reports indicate we may hear on 7/27. That said, the Governor himself acknowledges: it’s “hard to make that case” for masks with ICU patients, hospitalizations and deaths all trending down. My hope is that the reopening process continues; and if it takes a statewide mask mandate to keep us moving forward, then so be it.
What’s happening in the Special Session? Well, both the House and the Senate passed resolutions allowing them to adjourn until next Monday - or until a time sooner if agreements on outstanding issues are reached. So negotiations take place in private this week, and then they reconvene on Monday to pass everything? We shall see. Of course the Legislature will be back again in mid-August… Don’t forget: The application for We ❤ St. Paul/Midway fund is live. Please apply, and share with any businesses you know were impacted by the civil unrest: See Application here.Please donate if you can!
Engaging in outreach re SBRG. 29K applications for 6K $10K grants. So 1 in 5 will get a grant. Conducting a lottery later today.
June employment numbers: news release on DEED website. Did tick down to 8.6% for June, over 84K new jobs. Industries: mostly those hardest hit and which are now reopening. And some regional variations as well. National unemployment level down to 11.1%.
Where face masks are required in Minnesota From KSTP-TV, July 15: More cities, municipalities, colleges and universities are considering a mandate on face masks being worn in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota.
Walz’s emergency powers to remain intact as House votes down effort to block extensionFrom the Duluth News Tribune, July 14: The Minnesota House of Representatives on Tuesday, opted not to take up a resolution that would block the extension of the state’s peacetime emergency, allowing the 30-day extension to take effect. The vote comes a day after the Minnesota Senate approved a similar resolution. On a 63-70 vote, the House fell short of the total needed to take up a proposal to end the emergency, indirectly allowing Governor Walz’s expanded executive authority to continue for another month.
COVID-19 update as of 7/16/2020 https://mn.gov/covid19/data/response-prep/dial-back-dashboard.jsp Confirmed cases in Minnesota: 44,347 % Positives, last 7 days (as of 7/15): 4.8% (this is increasing) Confirmed cases in U.S.: almost 3.5M Confirmed cases globally: over 13.5M Cases requiring hospitalization: 4,526 (representing 10.2% of total) #s currently hospitalized: 249 (up from 247 on 7/13) #s no longer needing to be isolated: 38,290 #s tested: 805,212 Total deaths in Minnesota: 1,526 (1,179/77.3% cases in long term care or assisted living facilities) Total deaths in U.S.: over 137K Total deaths globally: almost 585K Cases in Counties represented: Hennepin County: 14,125 (794 deaths) Ramsey County: 5,470 (246 deaths) Dakota County: 2,912 (99 deaths) Washington County: 1,369 (40 deaths)