Walz says Minnesota’s social distancing may be helping

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH gives daily update on COVID-19 cases in Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says early indications are that Minnesotans are practicing social distancing well enough that they may be helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to cell phone data, Minnesota has received an "A" grade in social distancing so far in the COVID-19 pandemic. The data, beginning in late February, shows Minnesotans have decreased their average distance traveled by about 45 percent on average. Locally, Blue Earth County also received an "A", with travel down 47 percent. There were some counties in southern Minnesota that didn’t receive high marks. Both Cottonwood and Martin Counties received a 'C' grade for social distancing.

Walz said on a conference call with reporters that he’s still waiting for more data on when the number of cases will peak in Minnesota and when intensive care beds will reach capacity before he decides on sheltering in place.

Minnesota’s count of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 262 on Tuesday, an increase of 27 from Monday.

Meanwhile, legislators have been preparing to possibly reconvene Thursday to pass legislation to bolster the state’s response

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