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stay-safe-mn-clrBy staying home, Minnesotans successfully pushed out the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and bought our state time to get ready to treat those who fall ill. In that time, we have:

  • Built out hospital capacity 
  • Increased ventilators and ICU beds
  • Worked with public and private partners, as well as individual Minnesotans, to source personal protective equipment
  • Launched a landmark testing strategy with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to test every symptomatic Minnesotan

We know there’s no stopping the storm of COVID-19 from hitting Minnesota, but we have made significant strides to prepare for it. And work remains to ensure that individuals and communities across the state have the resources that they need to weather the storm.

Peak projections without preventative measures: 3,000 - 7,500 in May. Peak projections with preventative measures: 500 - 5,000 in July. For both scenarios, the number of monitored beds is 4,000, and the 72-hour surge capacity is about 2,500.

Critical Care Supply: Hospital beds where health care providers can take care of people who need an intense level of care. This includes current ICU capacity, 24-hour surge beds, and 72-hour surge beds.

Monitored Beds: Hospitals beds where health care providers can take care of people who need a level of care that is not available on a medical/surgical unit. However, monitored beds cannot provide the same level of intensive care as critical care beds.

Cautious Steps Forward

Now, we are slowly moving the dial and introducing more interaction between people over time. As we take cautious steps forward, it is more important than ever that we protect those most at risk, support workers, and all do our part to slow the spread of the virus. We continue to encourage Minnesotans to:

  • All Minnesotans who can work from home must do so
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get tested when sick
  • Maintain social distance
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home when able

We also urge everyone to pay attention to their mental health. This is a stressful time and help is available. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you can find resources on our Mental Health Support page.

Beginning May 18, retail stores and main street businesses reopened with social distancing plans and 50 percent capacity. On June 1, bars and restaurants reopened for patio and outdoor service with social distancing and limited capacity. On June 10, we will turn the dial to continue to allow Minnesotans to visit the places they know and love. At all times, we are working to minimize health risks and ensure the safety of the employees and people inside. Across all settings, people should adhere to social distancing requirements and follow capacity limitations to reduce risks of COVID-19 exposure to keep themselves and those around them safe. For guidance, visit the Safe Reopening website.

Also, starting June 10, Minnesotans are welcome to gather outdoors with friends and family in groups of 25 or less, and indoors in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place.

Safely adjusting the dials graphic. This graphic has a lot of text, we encourage you to download and listen to the accessible PDF named "Safely Adjusting the Dials."

Safely Adjusting the Dials Graphic - English (PDF version) 

Importantly, this situation is fluid, and will be prepared to dial back if we need to. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and make data-driven decisions.

We will monitor the rate of new cases, testing capacity, the percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive, and the percent of COVID-19 cases for which the source of infection if unknown. If there are sudden increases, we may move the dial back. More information on the data we are tracking can be found in our Response and Preparation Capacity section. 


Stay Safe MN Executive Orders

As we allow for more interaction between people, we must protect those in our communities that are most vulnerable to the virus. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to strongly encourage Minnesotans at greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home while providing them with additional protections.

Whenever we make any movement to ease restrictions, we must also protect the safety of those returning to work. Our state’s health care workers, emergency responders, and other professionals are doing their jobs under demanding and stressful conditions to provide services to Minnesotans. Find out more about Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s executive order to safeguard workers.

More about the Stay Safe MN Executive Order.

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