Situation Report COVID-19 Updates | July 16, 2020
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…
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Updates from the Governor
  • EO 20-79 issued Mon, July 13: modifying the suspension of evictions and writs of recovery during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
  • EO 20-78 issued Mon, July 13: extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency declared in EO 20-01
  • Thursday DEED Update
  • COVID Dial-Back Dashboard to monitor progress towards further reopening.
  • Big message right now is about masks: Governor contemplating statewide mandate. Complex decision. Regardless, evidence is clear that masks make a big difference, particularly indoors.
  • July 25 expiration of $600 top-off of UI benefits. Has been huge income subsidy. 75% of Minnesotans on UI are earning more than they did when the crisis hit.
  • Earlier today, launched campaign re awareness of this impending change. And providing info/resources to ensure people are thinking about a path forward.
  • View these Online resources.
  • 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%.
General Updates:
  • Wednesday Administration Updates, Commissioner Malcolm, Kris Ehresmann:
  • Testing volume vs positives: last week, we had 13.6% increase in # tests performed, and a 10.5% increase in total cases (down slightly from Monday). 
  • 7-day positivity rate: now at 4.8% (up from 4.4% a week ago). We want to stay under 15%. A rate above 5% indicates we may be heading back into a period of more rapid spread of the disease.
  • Median age of positive tests now is 37.5 years, down from 40.5 years reported a month ago.
  • As of Wednesday, deaths each day this week are in the single digits for the 12th straight day.
  • “Make A Plan Minnesota” campaign, urging parents to develop plans for alternate short term care plans for our children in case we get ill. Tool developed to help can be found here.
In the news:

  • 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 extension From 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
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) 

  • See available SBA COVID-19 training here.

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Be safe and be well,


B Kyle
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce