Thank You, Kevin Roche, for your review of the Governor's little chat with his subjects yesterday.Read more
"Three weeks ago on these pages, my colleague V.V. Chari and I asserted that a limited mass quarantine period would make sense only if we used the time it bought us to radically change the facts on the ground regarding our ability to test and trace. Thankfully, it appears our state has indeed used this time to increase its ability to test, trace, and isolate."Read more
"113 of Minnesota’s 143 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in nursing homes or other care facilities for the elderly as of Tuesday, according to MPR. 130 of Minnesota’s 375 (34%) care facilities have reported cases of the virus, reports the Star Tribune. The state has counted 2,567 total COVID-19 cases, half of which have recovered to the point of no longer requiring isolation."
Be sure and read the 1st Comment about Italian Nursing homes. Thank you, Alpha News.Read more
"The debate over the economic future of Northeastern Minnesota is often pitted as a choice between encouraging more mining or prioritizing tourism. The Center of the American Experiment often explains why this dichotomy is false because mining helps boosts the local tourism industry by injecting more money into the local economy.
However, if you believe it must be either mining or tourism, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the associated closure of businesses deemed “non-essential” by the Walz administration should make the choice blindingly obvious: the mining industry is essential, the tourism industry is not."Read more
"Mayo Clinic has unveiled a plan to cut $1.6 billion in pay, withdraw nearly $1 billion from its financial reserves and save another $700 million through a hiring freeze to counteract a $3 billion loss inflicted by the coronavirus. A large portion of this loss was the result of Governor Tim Walz’s ban on non-essential procedures that has cost Mayo up to 75% of its business in some areas."
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"So in the scenarios the modelers run, you get basically the exact same number of deaths regardless of the mitigation strategy. My favored approach, use basic mitigation for the bulk of the population, but isolate the at-risk groups, has the same outcome as making everyone stay at home. This would allow the working age population to go back to work. The economic harms due to job loss and other non-economic harms flowing from job loss would be substantially reduced. "Read more
"Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered a widespread shutdown of normal life on March 25, effective (11:59 p.m.) March 27. In his remarks explaining the order, he premised his order on 74,000 projected deaths from COVID-19. Last week we learned that, if the order worked out as hoped, it would save 24,000 lives. We have yet to see the model. Maybe someday he’ll let us in on the secret."
Thanks to Scott Johnson and Powerline Blog.Read more
"The Minnesota Voters Alliance filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, Monday, for what the advocacy group sees as his failure to uphold voter eligibility laws."Read more