House Provides $200 Million for Dealing with Coronavirus
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota House passed a bill early Tuesday which provides $200 million to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the state where the number of cases has grown to 54.
The bill allocates $150 million for a newly-created health care response fund. The Minnesota Department of Health will make grants to health care providers in dealing with COVID-19, including testing services.
The legislation also provides $50 million for a contingency account for use by providers,
ambulance services, health care clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities.
The House action on St. Patrick's Day comes after Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in.