Governor Walz: We expect a big jump in cornavirus cases


One day after the Minnesota Department of Health said they're only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new coronavirus cases, the Governor is saying that more restrictions could be coming.

Speaking to Dave Lee on the Morning News, Governor Tim Walz warned that suppression and mitigation have been the only measures that have contained the spread of COVID-19.  With now California joining New York in telling residents to "shelter in place", the Governor is considering that here in Minnesota.

"Well, I certainly think it's it is the possibility", said Walz. "And I have to tell you, Dave, that everything I'm getting from the World Health Organization, Crown College, the the one that people keep reporting on that came out of the UK, that is probably the best data that we're getting.  We've using the best people over at the University of Minnesota.  They've been working with us to try and make some of these projections and then trying to look at where mitigation and suppression are the places that we're at. We have to have every tool in the toolbox."

The obvious concern is the economic impact of an even greater shutdown, which Walz recognizes.  

"I hear people in. There is no doubt that the dramatic impact that we're seeing economically, it is going to happen. We'll recover. We'll get back out of that. It's not as if we're dismissing any of that.

Dave also discussed the economic impact with the Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari on Friday.  Kashkari says the $1 trillion stiumlus package proposed is the right thing to do. 

"I think you can probably suspect when we report here later this morning, numbers are going to jump way up on and that is going to be an accelerating pace. This has followed the same pattern in other countries. The only difference is how countries responded. So if it comes to that and it's my best judgment that that is what protects Minnesotans, we will go to that.  Speaking to you now, that is not a situation where we believe we're at, but I do think those that are doing it in California are seeing data for their particular situation that it's the right decision."