March 31
NewPrensa Special Edition: Coronavirus

Keeping you up to date in all the latest news, information and findings on COVID – 19 in Minnesota and beyond.

Coronavirus in Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Wednesday asking Minnesotans to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary, his most dramatic action to date to slow the coronavirus pandemic in the state. The “stay-at-home” order, to begin at 11:59 p.m. Friday, is based on models developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota that suggest that the state will run out of hospital intensive care capacity before infection rates peak — leaving many Minnesotans at greater risk of death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Without action, Walz said, as many as 74,000 Minnesotans “could be killed by this.”

Wondering about the numbers on CVOID-19 in Minnesota? Check out this daily COVID-19 tracker: Confirmed cases, testing, layoffs, executive orders in Minnesota. This page will be updated daily with data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota — confirmed cases, tests, unemployment insurance claims and executive orders — and the United States.

What Can and Can’t I Do During the ‘Stay at Home’ Order?

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Café Libre

Don’t miss the second special Cafe Libre program on Coronavirus COVID-19 that was broadcast Saturday 28th on Univision Minnesota in collaboration with New Prensa: Melisa Franzen speaks with Dr. Maria Verónica Svetaz, Medical Director for Hennepin Health, about important COVID-19 information. Oscar Rodriguez speaks with Camila Mercado from CLUES, who answers questions about how to complete the Census 2020 survey form. Melisa Lopez Franzen, Oscar Rodriguez and Alberto Monserrate share Executive Actions announced by Governor Tim Walz, including Stay-at-home. Tune into Café Libre on Univision Minnesota every Saturday morning at 10am. Watch Café Libre’s special For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Café Libre is a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own owners: Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this brand new talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation!

City News

Attention, cabin owners: your spring getaway just got away. Counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin are telling vacationers not to visit their cabins, because of fears of coronavirus. Several counties have issued travel advisories, quarantine-in-place orders and requests that cabin owners do not arrive seeking woodsy alternatives to metro area sheltering in place. “We do not need ‘cabin people’ coming up and demanding life as usual in cabin country,” said Tammy Brenizer, owner of Brenizer MotorSports in Frederic, Wis. At the same time, she said she depends on the annual migration of cabin-dwellers for her business. “It’s a catch-22 for us,” said Brenizer.

In order to allow joggers and walkers more room to practice social distancing per the governor’s orders, City officials in Minneapolis say two scenic stretches along the Mississippi River will close until at least April 10. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced Thursday that West River Parkway will close to car traffic between Plymouth Avenue North and 11th Avenue South. However, one lane will remain open near Portland Avenue South so that motorists can access the Stone Arch Bridge parking lot. The other road that will effectively become an open street is directly across the river. Main Street Southeast will close to car traffic between Hennepin and 3rd avenues, with partial closures extending down to 6th Avenue.

Speaking of Minneapolis, among Minnesotans battling coronavirus is local jazz pianist “Nachito” Herrera. The White Bear Lake resident and Dakota jazz club regular was rushed to the emergency room Saturday by family members after struggling with flu-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with the novel virus and remains in intensive care at a Twin Cities area hospital. “We are hoping God helps him overcome this,” his wife, Aurora Herrera Gonzalez, said Sunday. Herrera, who is in his 50s, performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 and went on to form ¡Cubanismo!, an Afro-Cuban/Latin jazz band which performed worldwide. iMejorate pronto!

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