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Walz tours Duluth food bank, comments on St. Louis County’s growing COVID case rate

DULUTH, MN -- Minnesota's Governor visited Duluth Friday, touring a local food bank and highlighting the importance of getting masks to Minnesotans in need.

After his visit to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Walz said the state is trying to distribute 400,000 masks to people struggling during the pandemic.

Walz says non-profits have been a big help in this effort. Second Harvest, for example, has been handing them out to local food shelves.

Walz added that getting masks to those who are food insecure not only protects their families but others too.

KBJR 6/CBS 3 also asked Governor Walz about the recent data that shows St. Louis County has the fastest COVID-19 case growth rate of any county in the state.

He says it's concerning because there's no clear answer on where this increase is coming from.

Walz added that right now, his best guess is that it's coming from people traveling to the Northland.

"Those who are living here, certainly you know what it means if we don't get it right," Walz said. "But to those Minnesotans visiting Duluth, respect these areas that if we overwhelm the hospital system, that falls most heavily on the local folks."

Walz said that doesn't mean those who live in St. Louis County should let their guard down.

He urged everyone to wear a mask and continue social distancing, adding that the state is monitoring the situation in St. Louis County closely.

Walz said the statewide mask mandate went into effect two weeks ago, so the next couple days would be the state's first real indication of how it's impacted case numbers.

WATCH LIVE: Gov. Walz Visits Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank in Duluth and Talks About Mask Distribution

WATCH LIVE: Governor Tim Walz holds media briefing following his visit to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The plan is to deliver remarks on the 400,000 masks being distributed statewide

Posted by KBJR 6 on Friday, August 7, 2020

DULUTH, MN -- Minnesota's Governor will tour a Duluth food bank Friday afternoon.

After he tours the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Governor Tim Walz plans to highlight the 400,000 masks that community organizations across the state are handing out to Minnesotans in need.

KBJR 6 plans to carry the Governor's remarks after the tour on our Facebook page and website at 2 p.m.

Briggs LeSavage

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