October 26, 2021

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George Floyd protests may spark coronavirus virus in Minnesota

George Floyd protests may spark coronavirus virus in Minnesota

Health officials are warning that mass protests spreading in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd could have unintended consequences of increased coronavirus cases in Minnesota.

State health commissioner John Malcolm said it was understandable that people would want to oppose Floyd’s death while in police custody, but warned of the risks of their exposure during the epidemic. The Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota reported 35 deaths from sickness on Thursday, and the death toll was 967.

“People are motivated to come together to speak, to unite and to protest. We certainly respect and respect that right,” Malcolm said.

“We know, large crowds are at risk of any infection, but we certainly stand with the COVID-19 spread in our community today.

Minnesota Health Commissioner John Malcolm speaks at a news conference Wednesday about coronavirus infection.
Minnesota Health Commissioner John Malcolm speaks at a news conference about the coronavirus.Via John Adey / Pioneer Version AP

The state is also one of 20 people listed on the Cowitt Exit Strategy website, which is “getting worse” due to an increase in case numbers and hospitalization, the Star Tribune reported.

Blacks compiled at least 29 percent of cases with racial information listed in Minnesota, despite more than 6 percent of the state’s population.

Churches have been able to provide services for up to 250 people or 25 percent of their capacity, and since restaurants and bars are allowed to offer outdoor service starting Monday, government restrictions have been slashed.

Gov. Tim Walls asks Minnesota Health Commissioner John Malcolm, as he gives an update on the state's coronavirus response.
Tim Walls asks Minnesota Health Commissioner John Malcolm to provide an update on the state’s coronavirus response.Via John Adey / Pioneer Version AP

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