The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) is calling on Governor Tim Walz to order a statewide mask mandate amid COVID-19. The MHA’s Dr. Rahul Koranne says he realizes the masks can be uncomfortable and it’s a “big ask” for Minnesotans…

“But our nurses and our physicians and our respiratory therapists have been wearing much more than masks for the last many months as we’ve served our patients. We need to do this for our healthcare heroes.”

Dr. Koranne says even though hospitalizations are down in the state, the positivity rate and case counts are increasing. And he says there is “a narrow window of time to slow the spread of the virus.” Walz has said a mask mandate is on the table for Minnesota.