Governor Tim Walz says likely next week he’ll give details of the rollout plan for a highly-anticipated COVID vaccine in Minnesota, but health officials stress Minnesotans must remain extra-vigilant on COVID precautions to save as many lives as possible. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says Minnesota is still in a very critical spot in the pandemic — the worst since it began. She says, “Things that seemed relatively safe even in August — or even in early October — are much, much higher risk as we head now into December.”
Malcolm says Minnesota has more COVID cases per population than earlier hotspots like New York, Arizona, Texas and Florida.
Governor Tim Walz says despite the promise of a vaccine, Minnesotans must still observe COVID safety measures to save lives. “Every day we’re getting a little closer to the end of this now, and now is not the time to back off,” he says.