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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: How Minnesota officials are staying prepared

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- On Monday at 10:30 a.m., Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm held a press conference at the capitol. They discussed that the COVID-19 "preparation is not panic, but the right thing to do."

Malcolm began the announcement saying that as of Monday the state is now test ready. Governor Walz followed that up with details about how the state now has 400 test kits, and can test up to 100 people per day.

Walz also confirmed that the fifth test of COVID-19 in Minnesota came back negative, so for now the state remains CoronaVirus free.

He reiterated "This will get to Minnesota and preparation is going to be the way to contain it."

Malcolm also was hopeful in saying that the state is expecting federal aid to come down to fight the virus, but the state won't be completely reliant on it. In 2017, Minnesota passed legislation for a fund to be set up for this type of breakout. She was thankful that the state can use the funds to combat it and that the money from the federal government could be used to pay the state back.

As of right now, 102 US citizens have tested positive with six deaths, all in Washington state. 48 schools have been closed in Washington for cleaning amid the scare.

Zach Fuller

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