Governor Walz is set to make a decision on whether he will extend the statewide emergency in response to COVID-19 for another month. The state has been under an emergency since March 13. The emergency gives Governor Walz powers to enact emergency orders to respond quickly to the pandemic without having to go through the Legislature and gives the state access to federal emergency funding. If Walz extends the emergency, it would trigger another special session of the Legislature. During recent special sessions, the GOP-controlled Senate has voted to end the emergency, only for it to be blocked by the DFL-controlled house. Positive COVID-19 cases and also deaths from COVID-19 have been on the rise in Minnesota, however numbers are significantly lower than thhe highs seen during May and early June.