Minnesota sets another daily record for COVID deaths, while Governor looks for relief for businesses

Governor Walz
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Photo credit © TNS

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 6,399 positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and 72 additional deaths which is a new daily record.

Governor Tim Walz says unfortunately that number is likely to go higher.

“It breaks my heart to say this, we’re about 10 days, or 14 days behind Wisconsin,” Walz told reporters.  “They had 104 people die today.  So you can start to do the math.”

Meanwhile, Walz says he's optimistic about a pandemic relief package for small businesses in the state.

Tuesday he outlined his administration's plan, the same day House Republicans unveiled their proposal to tap into the state's budget reserves.

“I think one of the things I would mention, and this was coming from all political spectrums, we have a rainy-day fund, and this is a rainy day,” Walz says.  “I would echo that.  I am in full agreement that we need to do that especially when it’s that relief to small businesses, relief to workers who can least afford this right now.”

Walz says the process is moving and there's bi-partisan momentum to get a bill passed as early as next week.