To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order today (Wednesday,March,25,) directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, April 10. “We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “While the virus will still be here when this order ends, this action will slow the spread of COVID-19 and give Minnesota time to ready for battle.” The Governor’s two-week order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state time to prepare including building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective. You can listen to the Governors News Conference anytime on KNUJ.net.