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Minnesota governor prepares to announce masking decision

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz gestures while talking about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz gestures while talking about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool)(John Autey | AP)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 9:37 AM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a statewide face mask mandate on Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor has scheduled a news conference with health officials and business owners to announce his “next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19.” His spokesman said it will be an announcement about masking but declined to release details.

Walz told reporters Tuesday he was close to announcing a decision on whether to require people across the state to wear masks in public.

The Minnesota Hospital Association last week called on the governor to order masks statewide.

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