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Gov. Tim Walz delivers State of the State address amid COVID-19 pandemic

ST.PAUL, MN-- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz addressed the state of Minnesota from his residence for his second State of the State.

This address came hours after announcing a letter was sent to President Donald Trump asking him to issue an expedited major disaster declaration for the state.

Gov. Walz spoke to the citizens of Minnesota about the pandemic comparing it to a long winter storm, which Minnesotans know all too well.

"We're bracing for a storm of epic proportions. We're used to long winters in Minnesota. We're a resilient people with a deep reserve of courage, optimism and grit. But this will be like a winter we've never seen before. And as we've done for generations, once the leaves fall off the trees and the skies turn cold and gray, we prepare. There's no stopping the storm of COVID-19 from hitting Minnesota but we are preparing for it."

Ways that he emphasized Minnesota is preparing for the peak of COVID-19 is through building hospital capacity, increasing available testing, increasing numbers of ventilators and ICU beds, and supplying PPE to healthcare workers and first responders.

Walz spoke about the last few weeks and steps that many residents, groups and corporations have taken to help curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state highlighting hospitals as well as Minnesota corporations like 3M and Medtronic.

You can watch the full State of the State address here.

Natalie Grant

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