State Emergency Operation Continues its Work


The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to be fully activated to support all state agencies with their COVID-19 response following Gov. Tim Walz’s March 13 executive order issuing a Peacetime State of Emergency in response to the nationwide pandemic.Representatives from all state agencies are staffing the SEOC either physically or virtually. 


State officials are continuing to strengthen public-private partnerships and enhancing communications with business partners.The Hotline continues to field questions regarding business and school closures and child care.


 Staff from the departments of Education and Human Services are answering calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at either 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504. The SEOC continues to support the public hotline and will increase its capabilities as needed.


The logistics section secured personal protective equipment for health care workers and arranged for delivery across the state by the Minnesota State Patrol.


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports more than 222,642 cases and 9,115 deaths globally from COVID-19. The United States is. reporting 9,415 confirmed cases. Some individual states reports show New York with 3,083, Washington State with 1,187 California with 870 and New Jersey 427 cases.


There have been 150 deaths deaths from COVID-19 reported in the United States- Washington with 68 and New York with 20.


In Minnesota we’ve had a total of 89 confirmed cases. An increase Thursday of 12 from the previous day.Since the start of the outbreak, seven COVID-19 patients in Minnesota have been hospitalized. Four patients currently hospitalized while most patients are recovering at home. The age range of cases: 17 years to 94 years; median age of 49. This total of 89 reflects only the results from the MDH testing program. 


The Department of Health believes there are more cases in Minnesota, and that the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help flatten the case curve.

405 people tested March 18 and the Minnesota Department of Health has tested more than 3,100 total patients since PHL testing started March 1. There were 1,947 calls to MDH public hotline on March 18. The hotline is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 651-201-3920. There were more than 718,000 visits to the MDH COVID-19 website. There is a new CDC online tool that can help people determine whether to stay home given symptoms, etc. Find it at


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