Governor Tim Walz stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the end of Gov. Walz’s COVID emergency powers, Kare 11 reported that Minnesota’s COVID restrictions saved lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that Minnesota had the lowest death rate of any surrounding state since the pandemic began. And as we work to rebuild from the pandemic, early data shows that Minnesota is recovering faster than most other states.
Getting Minnesotans vaccinated
More than 71 percent of Minnesotans age 16 years and older have gotten at least one vaccine dose, thanks to Governor Walz’s leadership. And more than 6 million doses have been administered.
And Gov. Walz’s special clinic at the Minnesota State Fair has resulted in more than 1,200 Minnesotans getting vaccinated.
The Walz administration worked to provide shots to every eligible Minnesotan who wants one and has administered more tests per capita than nearly every state in the nation. CDC data also shows that Minnesota leads the Midwest in the percentage of the population who are fully vaccinated.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Walz has listened to the scientists and experts when deciding how to best protect public health and get the coronavirus outbreak under control. As a result, his administration has gotten Minnesotans vaccinated and saved lives. And he’ll continue working to lead Minnesota through the pandemic and build back better than before.