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Legislative Update-Minnesota's Response to COVID-19

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Rep. Youakim


Dear Neighbors,

As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 grow, the Minnesota Legislature is taking steps to effectively respond to an outbreak. On Monday, the House of Representatives and Senate unanimously approved a coronavirus response bill, which sets aside approximately $21 million to ensure public health officials have the resources it needs to swiftly respond and stop the spread of the virus. Governor Walz signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

MDH’s labs are prepared to test patients for the condition. There are basic precautions we can all take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First thing’s first: wash your hands thoroughly. It may seem like common sense, but washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is critical to effectively remove microbiological bacteria. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and be sure to cover your cough with your sleeve or elbow. Lastly, if you’re sick: stay home.


Minnesota House’s Coronavirus Preparedness Legislation Package

Yesterday, the Minnesota House Majority introduced a package of legislation to help ensure Minnesota is prepared to respond to COVID-19. Components of our plan include strategies for health plans and testing, employers and employees, schools, banning price gouging of goods and services, and more. You can find more details of our proposal here.

I’d also like to mention that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) public hotline number that’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for questions. The hotline number is 651-201-3920.

I will share updates and news from MDH about this very serious issue as I receive them. If you or anyone in your community is concerned or seeking more information, please get in touch with my office at 651-296-9889 or


Cheryl Youakim