Minnesota Gov Issues Two-Week “Stay At Home” Order

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Wednesday asking Minnesotans to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary, his most dramatic executive action to date to try and slow the growing coronavirus pandemic across the state.

The “stay-at-home” order, beginning at midnight Friday, is based on models developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota that suggest that the state will run out of hospital intensive care capacity before infection rates peak — leaving many Minnesotans at greater risk of death from COVID-19.

“What our objective is now is to move the infection rate or slow it down and buy time,” the governor said Wednesday, adding that “the place we cannot got to is when someone cannot get that ICU care.”