≫ THIS IS A TEST ≫ WHERE WE ARE AT IN THE COVID-19 FIGHT HERE IN MINNESOTA COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE NATION IS SEEING OUR HIGHEST NUMBER OF INFECTIONS WE HERE IN MINNESOTA ARE SEEING WHAT WE HOPE — ≫ WE’VE BEEN IN THIS KIND OF PATTERN OF DOWN AND THEN BACK UP A LITTLE BIT BUT MAINTAINING IT STILL MAINTAINING WELL IN TERMS OF HOSPITALIZATION RATES POSITIVITY RATES GOING UP, HOVERING AROUND THAT 5% RATE TESTING AND THE CAPACITY IS STILL MAINTAINING ITSELF FOR US TO GET A PRETTY GOOD SITE PICTURE AND WE’RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE LONG-TERM CARE BACK IF YOU RECALL IN MAY, WE HAD THE CAPACITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN OUR TESTING KAHEEN PASSDAY IT REACHED WHERE WE HOPE IT WOULD BE WE’VE DEPTH FOLKS HERE FROM — FROM MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE THE FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND WHO RUN THEM AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE LOOKS LIKE WHETHER THEY’RE SKILLED NURSING, LONG-TERM CARE WITH MORE CARE IN NURSING STAFF ON OR MORE INDEPENDENT LIVING, AND ALL OF THOSE FACTORS PLAY INTO THE TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 SO WE’RE CERTAINLY WE’RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT TODAY TOO ABOUT THE END OF THE SECOND SPECIAL SESSION WITH IMPORTANT WORK THAT WAS DONE AND IMPORTANT WORK THAT WAS LEFT UNDONE AND WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE GOING FORWARD SO THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US TODAY I WANT TO ANNOUNCE WHERE WE’RE AT WE ARE — BACK WHEN I ADDRESSED MINNESOTANS THE FIRST TIME AROUND, WE WERE IN FOR A LONG WINTER AND THERE’S A LONG WAYS TO GO THAT HAS NOT CHANGED WE’RE ALMOST FOUR MONTHS TO THE DAY SINCE WE ANNOUNCED THE PANDEMIC WAS COMING TO MINNESOTA WE NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR IT AND WE NEEDED TO BUILD THE CAPACITY IN OUR HOSPITALS, IN OUR TESTING AND CHANGE THE WAY WE DID THINGS TO MAKE SURE WE COULD MAINTAIN OVER WHAT COULD EVENTUALLY BE A YEAR TO 18 MONTHS BEFORE WE ADVANCE WITH THERAPEUTICS AND A VACCINE SO I THINK IT’S A GOOD POINT AT THE FOUR-MONTH MARK FOR US TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPDATE AROUND LONG-TERM CARE ANY TIME WE SEE ANY DEATH DUE TO COVID-19 AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME TRAGIC DEVELOPMENTS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS WITH A — BEING — [ AUDIO CUTTING IN AND OUT ] AND I THINK WHEN IT COMES TO LONG-TERM CARE, I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE WE HEAR FROM COMMISSIONER MALCOLM AND SOME OF THESE PROVIDERS SO WE’VE MADE COLLECTIVE WORK WE’VE MADE PROGRESS THERE’S THINGS THAT WE’VE LEARNED I THINK GOING FORWARD THERE’S THINGS WE CAN CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON, BUT THE NUMBERS ARE CURVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE THEM THERE BECAUSE I THINK IT IS INEVITABLE AGAIN UNTIL THAT VACCINE CHZ ONTO THE MARKET AND WE HAVE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF FOLKS THAT ARE VACCINATED, WE’RE BEGUN SEE THIS DISEASE SPREAD AND WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO GO DOWN THE ROUTE OF STATES LIKE ARIZONA AND FLORIDA I WAS MENTIONING TO COMMISSIONER MALCOLM, I HAVE A FRIEND THAT LIVES DOWN TO MACK CAPITAL YUM, TEXAS HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS, JUST THAT ONE BORDER DOWN THERE BY BROWNSVILLE, A THOUSAND CASES IN THE HOSPITAL IN ONE COUNTY AND THE NUMBERS AND ABOUT 34 DEATHS

A DAY AS WHAT THEY’RE EXPERIENCING NOW THAT’S A COUNTY THAT LESS THAN A MONTH AGO HAD ALMOST NO INFECTION RATE WE’RE FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE SO I HOPE TODAY YOU GET A CHANCE TO HEAR ESPECIALLY FROM THESE PROVIDERS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES I SAY THIS IS ONE THAT’S OBVIOUSLY VERY PERSONAL TO MANY OF US MY MOTHER WORKED IN LONG-TERM CARE FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND THE CHALLENGES THAT GO WITH MAINTAINING THAT WORKFORCE, AND MAINTAINING HEALTH AND INFECTIONS IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE AND THESE PROVIDERS HAVE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS IN HELPING US DO THAT SO CERTAINLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT AND WANT TO BRING ALL LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FLANAGAN JUST TO HAVE A FEW WORDS ≫ THANK YOU, GOVERNOR, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE, FOR BEING HERE WE KNOW THAT OLDER ADULTS ARE AN INVALUABLE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY THEY ARE OUR MENTORS, OUR VOLUNTEERS, OUR PARENTS, OUR GRANDPARENTS, OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR NEIGHBORS AND ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS BEEN THE IMPACTS ON SENIORS ESPECIALLY RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES I’M PROUD OF THE PROGRESS THAT WE’VE MADE TO KEEP LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS SAFE AND TO SLOW THE PROGRESS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN THESE FACILITIES BUT I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE SAFETY MEASURES ARE HARD AND IT’S REALLY HARD TO BE ABLE TO VISIT YOUR LOVED ONE THROUGH A SCREEN OR THROUGH A WINDOW AND THAT WE CERTAINLY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE IMPACTS ON FOLKS AS THEY HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVED ONES I’VE SHARED MANY TIMES, AND YOU’VE HEARD THIS, THAT MY MOM AND I ARE VERY, VERY CLOSE AND BEFORE — EXCUSE ME — BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, MY MOM AND I WOULD SEE EACH OTHER AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND MY DAUGHTER WOULD OFTEN HAVE SLEEPOVERS AT GRANDMA’S HOUSE NOW, WHILE MY MOM IS NOT IN A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY, SHE DOES HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS WHICH PUT HER AT EXTREME RISK AND SO IN ORDER TO KEEP MY MOM SAFE, WE TALK FREQUENTLY ON THE PHONE AND I KNOW SHE’S PROBABLY WATCHING THIS RIGHT NOW, SO NOT AS FREQUENTLY AS SHE WOULD LIKE, BUT ALSO THAT WE VISIT HER FROM THE BALCONY AND ARE ABLE TO GIVE HER A WAVE, BUT THAT CERTAINLY DOES NOT COMPARE WITH THE HUGS AND KISSES AND JUST SNUGGLES THAT MY DAUGHTER ENJOYS WITH GRANDMA AND SO I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THIS HAS BEEN FOR SO MANY FAMILIES AND TO ALL MINNESOTA FAMILIES WHO ARE MISSING THEIR LOVED ONES RIGHT NOW, I SEE YOU AND I AM YOU SOCIAL WELL-BEING IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, AND I AM EXCITED ABOUT THE CREATIVE WAYS THAT FAMILIES ARE KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH LOVED ONES AND THIS IS REALLY HARD, BUT WE’LL GET THROUGH IT TOGETHER AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS CERTAINLY BEEN ON PEOPLE’S HEARTS AND MINDS, SO AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, THIS IS NOT A VICTORY LAP, THIS IS AN UPDATE AND A WAY FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT MINNESOTANS ARE INFORMED ABOUT THE GOOD WORK THAT’S HAPPENING AND WITH THAT, I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE COMMISSIONER MALCOLM ≫ THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR GOVERNOR, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TODAY GOOD AFTERNOON, MINNESOTA WELL, WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT PROGRESS THAT’S BEEN MADE IN THE LONG-TERM CARE FIELD IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS THE GOVERNOR SAID RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS JOURNEY, THIS WE KNEW WOULD BE A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT SET OF PROVIDERS AND RESIDENTS AND STAFF WHO HAVE ALL KINDS OF UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT PUT THEM AT HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID AND OF HAVING VERY SERIOUS DISEASE BUT I’D LIKE TO START JUST BY REINFORCING THE FACT, AND I THINK THE GOVERNOR MADE MENTION OF THIS ALREADY, THAT THE ISSUES OF — IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ARE LONG-STANDING, AND THE FOCUS OF LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDERS ON HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR RESIDENTS AND THEIR STAFF, LONG PRE-DATES COVID AS DO SOME OF THE STAFFING CHALLENGES AND JUST THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES THAT WE KNOW EXIST IN THIS VERY CHALLENGING FIELD FOR US AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR A REALLY LONG TIME WITH LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDERS TO TRY TO STRENGTHEN INFECTION CONTROL AND TO — EVERY YEAR, WHEN WE HAVE A FLU — THE FLU SEASON, MANY OTHER KINDS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES POSE SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES FOR LONG-TERM CARE SO OUR WORK ON ISSUES LIKE THIS REALLY VERY MUCH PRE-DATE THE

PANDEMIC BUT THE PANDEMIC PUT ALL OF THIS INTO A VERY, VERY, VERY DIFFERENT CONTEXT AND A VERY DIFFERENT INTENSITY AND URGENCY OVER THE PAST YEAR, WE’VE PROVIDED, WE BEING THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HAVE PROVIDED ASSISTANCE TO MORE THAN 930 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ON INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES HOW TO PROPERLY USE MASKS AND OTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND HOW TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO A POTENTIAL OUTBREAK THIS SPRING, M.D.H. STAFF HAVE CONDUCTED INFECTION CONTROL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, ON-SITE VISITS WITH 245 — [ AUDIO CUTTING IN AND OUT ] THIS SPRING WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS — AS THE GOVERNOR SAID IN — HAD HISTORICALLY BEEN DOING IN THIS SECTOR BY ROLLING OUT — STAFF AND I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR SETTING OUT SOME VERY AMBITIOUS GOALS AND FOR REALLY PUSHING US TO STEP UP OUR GAME SINCE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT, WE — STANDING UP THE LONG-TERM CARE PLAN AND IN REALLY I THINK HARVESTING SOME VERY, VERY HARD-WON LESSONS BY SOME OF THE FIRST FACILITIES TO ENCOUNTER PROBLEMS WITH MANAGING COVID-19 OUTBREAKS SPECIFICALLY IN THESE VERY IMPORTANT FACILITIES THANKS TO THE VERY HARD WORK OF SO MANY PEOPLE AT OUR DEPARTMENT, THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS, AND OF COURSE THE EXCEPTIONALLY HARD WORK OF THE LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES, AND THEIR STAFF, WE CAN REPORT TODAY THAT THE CLEAR MAJORITY OF NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES IN MINNESOTA HAVE NO CURRENT IDENTIFIED COVID CASES THESE FACILITIES ARE SAFER TODAY THAN THEY WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE PROACTIVE MEASURES WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM HAVE THANKFULLY MADE OUTBREAKS THE EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE NORM HERE’S SOME OF THE RECENT DATA HALF OF MINNESOTA’S 368 SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES OR NURSING HOMES HAVE NOT HAD A REPORTED CASE ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF MINNESOTA’S NURSING HOMES CURRENTLY DO HAVE AN ACTIVE OUTBREAK, BUT REMEMBERING THAT WE DEFINE AN OUTBREAK AS ONE CASE, AND THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THESE FACILITIES TO PREVENT THAT ONE OR TWO OR SEVERAL CASES FROM BECOMING A MAJOR OUTBREAK OVER THREE-QUARTERS OF MINNESOTA’S 1,692 — [ AUDIO CUT OUT ] PERCENT OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES CURRENTLY HAVE AN ACTIVE OUTBREAK THE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF NEW FACILITIES REPORTING OUTBREAKS EACH WEEK HAS — OR EACH DAY, EXCUSE ME, HAS SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY IN EARLY MAY WE WERE REPORTING AT AVERAGE 23 NEW FACILITIES EVERY DAY REPORTING AN OUTBREAK BY MID-JULY THAT AVERAGE DOWN TO 6 FACILITIES REPORTING WE’VE ALSO SEEN GRATEFULLY SHARP DECLINES IN THE NUMBER OF DEATHS AMONG LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS FROM THE PEAK EVEN ONE PREVENTABLE DEATH FROM COVID IS TOO MANY, BUT THE DOWNWARD TREND WE’VE SEEN IS VERY ENCOURAGING AND THE THIRD WEEK OF MAY, WE SAW 137 DEATHS AMONG LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS IN THAT WEEK LAST WEEK, WE SAW 13 DEATHS AMONG LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS SO THAT’S PERHAPS THE MOST GRAPHIC MEASURE THAT WE HAVE ON THE IMPACT OF THIS WORK, HOW VERY IMPORTANT PREVENTION AND CONTROL AND ACTIVE INFECTION CONTROL IS SO I’D LIKE TO JUST GIVE YOU — BUT BEFORE I GO THERE, I JUST WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE FURTHER TO AMPLIFY SOMETHING THE GOVERNOR SAID AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WE’RE REALLY PROUD AND IMPRESSED AT THE PROGRESS THAT’S BEEN MADE WITH ALL THIS HARD WORK AND WE KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH THE MAJORITY OF FACILITIES HAVE NOT AND DO NOT HAVE CASES CURRENTLY, WE THINK IT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT, AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, COVID IS WITH US, IT’S GOING TO BE WITH US, AS WE SEE COMMUNITY SPREAD, IT IS FRANKLY INEVITABLE THAT THERE WILL BE MORE CASES IN LONG-TERM CARE SO OUR MESSAGE AND OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDERS — [ AUDIO CUT OUT ] TO BE READY FOR THE EVENTUALITY AND THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY, PERHAPS EVEN PROBABLITY THAT MOST WILL BE NEEDING TO DEAL WITH CASES OF COVID-19 OVER THE COURSE OF THIS PANDEMIC SO LET ME JUST GIVE YOU JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE ON THIS — ON THE SPECIFIC FIVE GOALS THAT THE

GOVERNOR SET OUT BACK IN MAY THE FIRST GOAL WAS TO EXPAND TESTING AS SUCH A KEY TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, AND TO BE ABLE TO GET ON IT RIGHT AWAY WHEN WE FIND THOSE FIRST CASES SO THAT FIRST GOAL WAS TO REALLY SIGNIFICANTLY RAMP UP TESTING SO WE DEVELOPED NEW TESTING CRITERIA TO SAY THAT ALL FACILITIES WITH EVEN ONE CONFIRMED CASE OR TWO PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD DO FACILITY-WIDE TESTING AND THAT WAS A BIG CHANGE FROM THE TESTING GUIDANCE EARLIER IN THE PANDEMIC THAT REALLY LOOKED TO ONLY TEST SYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE SO THAT WAS A MAJOR SHIFT IN THE STRATEGY TO DO MORE WIDESPREAD TESTING IN LONG-TERM CARE SO WE ALSO NOT ONLY PUT OUT THAT GUIDANCE ABOUT THE NEED TO EXPAND TESTING, BUT BUILT A LOT OF CAPACITY TO HELP FACILITIES BE ABLE TO GET THAT DONE THE ABILITY TO SUPPORT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND DOING THAT KIND OF TESTING HAS BEEN SO GREATLY SUPPORTED BY AN EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD AS WELL AS COLLABORATION WITH HEALTH SYSTEMS, PHYSICIAN GROUPS, AND OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES AND THROUGH THE STATE’S TESTING PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR STATE’S HEALTH SYSTEMS, MAYO, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, WE WERE ABLE TO GET ADDITIONAL TESTING ACCESS FOR THESE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES THANKS TO THIS PARTNERSHIP, AS YOU’VE HEARD FROM US BEFORE, WE NOW HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO CONDUCT 20,000 TESTING A DAY TESTS A DAY AND WE’VE RECENTLY DEVELOPED A PROCESS TO TRANSITION AWAY FROM OUR RELIANCE ON USING THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD FOR TESTING, AS THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN EAGER TO GET THE GUARD BACK TO OTHER ASPECTS OF THEIR CRITICAL MISSIONS SO WE ARE — WE HAVE NOW DEVELOPED A PLAN OVER TIME TO BE ABLE TO TRANSITION TO WORK THAT THE GUARD HAS BEEN DOING INTO SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS GOING FORWARD BY LEVERAGING ADDITIONAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS THE SECOND PART OF THE PLAN WAS TO, AGAIN, RELATED TO TESTING, TO CLEAR OUT SOME OF THE BARRIERS THAT HAVE — WOULD HAVE MADE THAT SUSTAINABLE GOING FORWARD STRATEGY DIFFICULT SO THE FIRST PART OF THE PLAN WAS, GET THE TESTING DONE, GET IT DONE NOW, GET THE NATIONAL GUARD IN TO HELP THE SECOND PART OF THE PLAN WAS BUILD A SYSTEM THAT CAN SUSTAIN OVER TIME AND WE’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS TO HELP LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES PREPARE FOR TESTING AND EXECUTE THE TESTING WE’VE WORKED TO DEVELOP PROCESSES FOR FACILITIES TO REQUEST TESTING SUPPORT AND TO HAVE ACCESS TO A RANGE OF RESOURCES AND MATERIALS MANY FACILITIES, PARTICULARLY IN ASSISTED LIVING DO NOT HAVE AN ON-SITE MEDICAL DIRECTOR, SO WE’VE MADE ACCESS TO AN ORDERING PHYSICIAN FOR THE PURPOSE OF TESTING AVAILABLE THROUGH THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WHICH ALLOWS FACILITIES TO ORDER TESTS AND FURTHER STREAMLINE THE PROCESS THANKS AGAIN TO THAT TESTING PARTNERSHIP WITH MAYO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP A STREAMLINED BILLING PROCESS AND GUIDANCE FOR TESTS THAT GET PROCESSED THROUGH THE STATE’S TESTING WORK GROUP, AND ARE DUE — IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THE SAME FOR COVID TESTS PROCESSED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, OTHER SYSTEMS WE’VE ALSO IMPLEMENTED A NURSE TRIAGE LINE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS TO PROVIDE TEST RESULTS AND INFORMATION ON COVID SYMPTOMS TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOW-UP TO TESTING AND WE’VE CONTRACTED WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO ASSIST AS I MENTIONED WITH THE SAMPLE COLLECTION PROCESS AS THE GUARD BEGINS TO TRANSITION OUT THE THIRD GOAL OF THE LONG-TERM CARE PLAN WAS TO GET PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO FACILITIES WHEN NEEDED THAT WAS ONE OF THE REAL CHALLENGES EARLY IN THIS PANDEMIC, AND WHAT REALLY, FRANKLY, KIND OF SET THE FACILITIES UP TO HAVE A CHALLENGE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN PRIORITIZED FOR THE KIND OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS MUCH MORE COMMON IN ACUTE CARE SETTINGS SO IT WAS MANY OF THEM WHO WERE CONFRONTING THE FIRST CASES REALLY DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT FOR INFECTION CONTROL SO THAT’S BEEN A MAJOR EFFORT TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF WHAT THEY NEED, WHERE THEY HAVE SUPPLIES, WHERE THEY DON’T, AND HOW TO USE SOME OF THE STATE’S ASSETS THAT WE’VE BUILT UP ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO GET THEM OUT TO THE PROVIDERS WHEN NEEDED SO STARTING IN APRIL AND CONTINUING EACH MONTH, WE’VE BEEN PUSHING OUT WAVES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND TO GIVE YOU A SENSE FOR THE SIZE OF THAT EFFORT, LOOKING AT THE NURSING HOMES, THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES, BETWEEN JUNE 15TH AND 23RD, SO THAT WAS OUR PUSH TIME FOR SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES, THERE WERE 358 SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES TO WHOM WE PUSHED OUT ALMOST 11,000 GOWNS, OVER 716,000 GLEIVE GLOVES, OVER 28,000 FACE SHIELDS AND 57,095

THEN BETWEEN JUNE 30TH AND JULY 2ND, WE PROVIDED ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL 50,000 AND 95 — 50,000 N-95 MASKS TO 200 NURSING HOMES WE’VE ALSO WORKED TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES ALSO TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SINCE JULY 4TH TO THE PRESENT, WE’VE PROVIDED 2,129 OTHER CONGREGATE CARE FACILITIES, ALMOST 213,000 GOWNS, 2.8 MILLION GLOVES, 173,000 FACE SHIELD, AND 475,000 FACE MASKS SO A FAIR AMOUNT OF THE STATE’S PROCUREMENT OF — OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THIS SECTOR WHICH IS A BIG CHANGE FROM KIND OF THE SCHEME OF THE PAST WHICH WAS VERY, VERY FOCUSED ON ACUTE CARE ONLY THE FOURTH PART OF THE PLAN WAS ENSURING THAT THERE WOULD BE ADEQUATE STAFFING LEVELS FOR EVEN THE HARDEST HIT FACILITIES CHALLENGED WITH LARGER OUTBREAKS WE DEVELOPED A SCHEDULING SOFTWARE SYSTEM THAT ENABLES US TO — ENABLES FACILITIES TO REPORT CONCERNS AND US TO MONITOR AND IDENTIFY GROWING STAFFING SHORTAGES AND TO BE ABLE TO QUICKLY CONNECT THE FACILITIES WITH STAFFING NEEDS TO AVAILABLE QUALIFIED STAFF WE’VE IMPLEMENTED A CRISIS STAFFING TEAM TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FACILITIES IDENTIFYING AT-RISK FACILITIES THROUGH A RANKING AND PRIORITIZATION PROCESS WHERE WE USE A NUMBER OF INDICATORS TO HIGHLIGHT WHEN A FACILITY IS LIKELY TO BE IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL STAFFING SO, AGAIN, NOT JUST WAITING IN THE THE CRISIS APPEARS, BUT REALLY TRYING TO GET OUT AHEAD OF IT AND WORK UPSTREAM TO SEE WHEN A PROBLEM MIGHT BE COMING AND, AGAIN, THROUGH THIS SOFTWARE SYSTEM, FACILITIES ARE ABLE TO REQUEST SUPPORT WITH FILLING CERTAIN SHIFTS WHERE THEY KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE SHORT INTERESTINGLY, AND IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF “ONE MINNESOTA,” MORE THAN 1,100 QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS HAVE SIGNED UP TO BE VOLUNTEERS IN THAT DATABASE TO SUPPORT STAFFING NEEDS IN LONG-TERM CARE WHEN NEEDED THE FIFTH AND FINAL POINT IN THE LONG-TERM CARE PLAN HAS BEEN TO LEVERAGE OUR PARTNERSHIPS TO BETTER USE THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS SO THIS THIS WOULD NOT ALL BE A ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA HEALTH DEPARTMENT RESPONSE, BUT REALLY INCREASINGLY BASED IN COMMUNITY RESOURCES LIKE OUR PARTNERS IN LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH WE KNEW WE’D BE MORE LIKELY TO SUCCEED IN RECEIVING THE GOVERNOR’S AMBITIOUS GOALS AND TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY FOR THE LONG TERM IF WE COULD LEVERAGE PARTNERSHIPS NOT ONLY WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT WITH THE LONG-TERM CARE PROVIDER SYSTEM, THE ASSOCIATIONS, AND THE REGIONAL HEALTHCARE PREPAREDNESS COALITIONS THAT YOU’VE HEARD US TALK ABOUT, AGAIN, IN THE CONTEXT OF HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS, BUT GETTING THOSE REGIONAL HEALTHCARE COALITIONS ALSO INVOLVED IN UP THE ISING LONG-TERM CARE IN THEIR REGIONS AND WE’VE DONE THAT WORKING WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH, HOSPITALS, HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, EMERGENCY MANAGERS, ALL NOW INVOLVED IN THIS EFFORT TO EXECUTE THE TESTING PRIORITIES, TO HELP WITH EMERGENCY STAFFING, TO HELP WITH P.P.E. DISTRIBUTION, PATIENT SURGE CAPACITY AND THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING, EDUCATION, GUIDANCE AND POLICIES IT’S BEEN A LOT OF WORK BUT IT’S NOT JUST ITEMS TO CHECK OFF ON THE TO-DO LIST IT IS DONE BECAUSE IT PRODUCES RESULTS AND IT HAS PRODUCED ENCOURAGING RESULTS IN HELPING TO — HELPING FACILITIES TO PREVENT AND MANAGE OUTBREAKS, TO KEEP OUTBREAKS AT SMALL LEVELS AND VERY IMPORTANTLY TO SAVE LIVES WHEN FACILITIES IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES, WHEN P.P.E. AND TESTING ARE AVAILABLE, WE CAN PROTECT RESIDENTS BETTER AND TIEWRN THE TIDE ON THE DISPROPORTIONATE TOLL OF THIS VIRUS ON SOME OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE BUT WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE MUCH MORE WORK AHEAD WE CAN ALWAYS FURTHER IMPROVE, AND WE KNOW THERE WILL BE MORE CHALLENGES FROM COVID AS IT CONTINUES TO UNFOLD IN OUR STATE BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THE STRUCTURE, THE PROCESSES, THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE’VE BUILT UP IN THESE LAST MONTHS, AND IT’S AMAZING TO THINK IT’S BEEN FOUR MONTHS AND REALLY TWO MONTHS SINCE WE’VE BEEN WORKING INTENSIVELY THAT REALLY HAS POSITIONED US TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES GOING FORWARD IN A FAR BETTER PREPARED STATE AND WITH THAT, I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF THE FOLKS AT M.D.H. WHO IS LEADING THIS CHARGE, MICHELLE LARSON, OUR DIRECTOR OF THE REGULATORY DIVISION AT THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ≫ GOOD AFTERNOON I’M MICHELLE LARSON I AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE HEALTH REGULATION DIVISION AT THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT I OVERSEE LONG-TERM CARE AS WELL AS MANY OTHER PARTS OF HEALTHCARE IN MINNESOTA THAT WE

REGULATE SO THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MALCOLM I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THREE THINGS TODAY BEFORE I TURN IT OVER TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE WORK WITH IN THE HEALTH REGULATION DIVISION THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF WORK INTO THE PROGRESS THAT WE’RE REPORTING TODAY AND AS THE PREVIOUS — MY PREVIOUS COLLEAGUES HAVE MENTIONED, THIS IS NOT TO DECLARE A WIN TODAY WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO, BUT IT’S A MOMENT TO PAUSE AND MAYBE GIVE YOU ALL A LOOK INSIDE OF THE TYPE OF WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS THAT WE DO A LOT OF THAT WORK IS NOT ONLY JUST FROM THE HEALTH REGULATION DIVISION YOU’VE HEARD FROM COLLEAGUE KRIS EHRESMANN IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AS WELL AS THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND THE REST OF OUR COLLEAGUES STATEWIDE FOR ALL THE WORK THAT IT TAKES TO WORK ON LONG-TERM CARE AND PREVENT COVID IN OUR FACILITIES AND THIS IS MORE THAN JUST WORK OF GOVERNMENT MORE THAN JUST THE WORK OF THE STATE AGENCY WE’VE HAD A LOT OF GREAT COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIPS FROM OTHER PARTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT MANY OF THE OTHER STATE AGENCIES INCLUDING THE TESTING WORK GROUP IN PARTICULAR THAT WE WORK WITH THAT MAYO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ARE PART OF THE WORK THAT WE DO WITH TESTING, SO WE WANT TO THANK THOSE PARTNERS AS WELL AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF THE WORK OF THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE COMMUNITIES WE HAVE REGIONAL — WE HAVE REGIONS AROUND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THAT WORK WITH OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS IF WE DID NOT HAVE THE COOPERATION AND THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM, WE WOULD NOT AS LONG — AS FURTHER ALONG AS WE ARE WITH COVID BUT MOST OF ALL, I DEFINITELY WANT TO THANK OUR LONG-TERM CARE PARTNERS THE STAFF, THE RESIDENTS, THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THOSE FACILITIES, IT’S SO IMPORTANT THE WORK THAT THEY DO TO HELP SUPPORT THE WORK THAT WE DO WITH THEM IN ORDER TO PREVENT COVID BOTH LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD WE ALL THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR DEDICATION FOR GETTING THIS RIGHT THAT IS A VERY HARD INDUSTRY TO WORK IN, AND THEY HAVE REALLY GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO FIGHT THIS PANDEMIC WITH THEIR RESIDENTS IN THOSE FACILITIES THE LAST THING I WANT TO MENTION, AND YOU HEAR OTHERS SAYING THIS, IS WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO THIS IS NOT OVER WE HAVE — THERE’S STILL A LOT GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY, A LOT OF THE RATES THAT ARE GOING UP WE CANNOT DECLARE VICTORY ON THIS PANDEMIC YET AND AS MUCH AS WE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE ON, AND DO THAT, WE HAVE TO STILL WORK REALLY HARD EVERY DAY WE’RE OPTIMISTIC THAT THE WORK THAT WE’VE DONE TO THIS POINT MEANS WE’RE BETTER POSITIONED TO FACE THOSE CHALLENGES WE’VE HAD A LOT OF LEARNED LESSONS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF LESSONS LEARNED TO GO AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT I’M OPTIMISTIC AS A LEADER IN PUBLIC HEALTH OVER LONG-TERM CARE THAT WE CAN DO THIS, WE CAN CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH OUR FACILITIES AND WITH ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENT PARTNERS TO FACE THOSE CHALLENGES AND REALLY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ILLNESS AND DEATH OF SPREAD OF COVID IN THESE FACILITIES WITH THAT I WANT TO TURN IT OVER WE HAVE SOME TIME TODAY I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE FACILITIES HERE TODAY, THEIR ADMINISTRATORS TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES THAT THEY’VE HAD WITH THIS SO WE’LL START WITH ANNETTE GREELEY FROM JOANS HARRISON RESIDENCE ≫ THANK YOU, MICHELLE THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR HAVING ME HERE MY NAME IS ANNETTE AGREEY AND I’M THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF JOANS HARRISON RESIDENCE WHES A NURSING HOME AND ASSISTED LIVING CAMPUS IN MINNEAPOLIS AND TODAY I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS HOW GOVERNOR WALZ’S FIVE-POINT PLAN HELPED ENHANCE TESTING IN LONG-TERM CARE SETTINGS AND WE’RE THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TESTING OUR RESIDENTS AND STAFF IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD WAS A GAME CHANGER IN OUR ABILITY TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY, HEALTH, AND WELLNESS, OF OUR RESIDENTS AND STAFF WE APPRECIATE THE COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KNOW THROUGH THIS PLAN, WE ARE BETTER PREPARED IN OUR ONGOING EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19 SO WE’RE VERY THANKFUL TO BE HERE TO BE ABLE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT A POSITIVE EFFECT IT HAS BEEN TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, WITH THE COMMISSIONER, WITH THE GOVERNOR, AND THAT WE — THIS FIGHT IS NOT OVER, AND WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING NEXT IS MICHELLE WITH A FACILITY IN BRAINERD ≫ THANK YOU, ANNETTE GOOD AFTERNOON MY NAME IS MICHELLE FUWOLD, THE ADMINISTRATOR AT GOOD SAMARITAN

SOCIETY IN BRAINERD, BETHANY CAMPUS I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME HERE TODAY TO TELL OUR STORY WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR RURAL COMMUNITY, INCLUDING OUR HOSPITALS, AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR RALLYING AROUND OUR LOCATION WHEN WE EXPERIENCED AN OUTBREAK IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT COLLABORATION AND THE WELL-BEING OF OUR RESIDENTS THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WAS A KEY PLAYER FOR OUR SUCCESS BY SENDING US NINE FEMA NURSES DURING OUR EMERGENCY CRISIS STAFFING COLLABORATION IS HOW WE GOT THROUGH THE HARD DAYS AND THAT’S WHAT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE STATE WILL CONTINUE TO NEED AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC AND FIGHTING THIS INVISIBLE VIRUS THAT SPREADS LIKE WILD FIRE THE TEAM’S SUPPORT AND THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE GOVERNOR MEANS SO MUCH TO US THANK YOU I’M GOING TO TURN IT BACK OVER TO THE GOVERNOR ≫ WELL, THANK YOU, AGAIN, COMMISSIONER MALCOLM, AND YOU SEE THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE AS YOU SAW ABOUT OVER 2,000, BETWEEN SKILLS NURSING, LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, ASSISTED CARE, OF WHERE OUR SENIORS ARE AT AND WHERE THOSE THAT NEED THE EXTRA HELP AND WITH COVID-19, PREDOMINANTLY HITTING OLDER POPULATIONS, PREDOMINANTLY HITTING THOSE WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS, THIS BECAME A VERY BIG CHALLENGE, AND I DO WANT TO THANK THE FACILITIES FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS AND THEIR DESIRE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE USING BEST PRACTICES AND MOVING FORWARD SO THANK YOU ALL, AND BE GLAD TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ≫ WHILE THE NUMBER OF TESTS OR THE NUMBER OF CASES MIGHT BE DOWN, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IS STILL STUBBORNLY HIGH I THINK IT’S AT 77% OF OVERALL DEATHS STILL, WITH 80% WHEN YOU STARTED THE BATTLE PLAN DO YOU WISH YOU HAD STARTED THIS SOONER? ≫ I WISH THAT WE AS A NATION HAD STARTED IN DECEMBER, YES, I WISH WE AS A STATE WOULD HAVE STARTED SOONER, THE THING — BUT THE PERCENTAGE THING I WILL SAY ABOUT THIS IS, BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS THE NUMBER OF DEATHS THAT ARE GOING TO BE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND THE ELDERLY IS ALWAYS GOING TO RANGE I WOULD ASSUME FROM 65 TO 100% ON COVID THE ISSUE IS THOSE NUMBERS BACK WHEN WE STARTED THIS WERE ABOUT 30 DEATHS A DAY NOW THEY’RE DOWN TO ABOUT ONE OR TWO SO AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE STATE’S POPULATION, IT’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE HEAVILY TOWARDS THAT I THINK THE KEY HERE WAS, IS CONTROLLING INFECTIONS, AND THAT’S A REAL CHALLENGE I THINK SOME PEOPLE HERE, THE HEALTH REPORTERS KNOW THIS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES EVERY YEAR IS HOSPITAL AGUIRREED INFECTIONS, ABOUT 90,000 PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR GOING INTO A HOSPITAL FOR SOMETHING UNRELATED AND THEY GET AN INFECTION AS YOU HEARD THE COMMISSIONER SAY, WE GOING UP INTO THIS PANDEMIC WERE NOT EVEN PROVIDING P.P.E WE WERE NOT VIEWING IT THAT WAY SO YES, I THINK IN LESSONS LEARNED ON THIS, ONCE WE UNDERSTOOD WHAT COVID WAS DOING, BUT IT WAS HARD TO TELL BACK IN MARCH OR APRIL WHERE THIS WAS GOING TO FALL SO AS WE WERE RAMPING UP HOSPITALS, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT WE NEEDED TO MAKE SURE THAT LONG-TERM CARE WAS COVERED ANYTHING ELSE ON THIS ISSUE? ≫ TAKE QUESTIONS ON OTHER ISSUES? ≫ ON THIS ISSUE, AND THEN WE CAN GO TO SOME OTHERS YES ≫ I’M CURIOUS WHAT FACTOR PLAYS A ROLE IN KIND OF GETTING DEATHS DOWN, AND WHY MAYBE MINNESOTA HAS HIGHER DEATH RATES, AT CERTAIN POINTS IN LONG-TERM CARE VERSUS OTHER STATES ≫ I’M GOING TO LET JAN DISCUSS THAT THERE’S A BIT OF MYTH AROUND WHERE MINNESOTA AS A HIGHER NUMBER BECAUSE AS WE’VE SEEN THIS AS DATA, APPLES TO ORANGES IN A LOT OF CASES REPORTING VERY WIDESPREAD OF THOSE 2,000 — MANY STATES IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN, JAN, ARE REPORTING ONLY SKILLED NURSING WHERE YOU HAVE MUCH MORE INTENSIVE CARE, YOU HAVE MUCH MORE NURSING BEING IN PLACE AND I THINK FOR US, SERGE ONE IS TOO MANY AND THE ONE THING THAT WE SAW WAS IS WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER, AND SOME OF YOU REMEMBER THIS TOO IT WAS NOT UNTIL LAST YEAR, MINNESOTA WAS THE LAST STATE TO COME ON WITH SOME OF THE REGULATIONS OVER LONG-TERM CARE WE DID NOT HAVE THAT IN PLACE THAT HAS NOT BEEN FULLY PLELTED YET SO I THINK THERE WAS A RECOGNITION IN MINNESOTA A YEAR AND A HALF, TWO YEARS AGO, THAT WE NEEDED TO MOVE TO WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS WHO HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR SOME OF THIS TO FINALLY — [ AUDIO CUTTING OUT ] HOLES IN OUR SYSTEM BE PRETTY GLARING, BUT I THINK AND I’LL LET JAN OR ANYONE WANTS TO SPEAK, I THINK IT’S THAT INFECTION CONTROL AND THAT FOCUS AND THE THING THAT I’VE BEEN SAYING THE WHOLE TIME IS, KNOWING WHAT WE WERE DEALING WITH IN THAT TESTING IS A KEY ISSUE AND I DON’T KNOW I SAW THIS AGAIN, THE WHITE HOUSE IS ANNOUNCING THEY’RE GOING TO GET TESTING TO ALL OF OUR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES HERE’S THE THING THAT — THEY TOLD US THAT THREE MONTHS AGO

THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN MOST RURAL AREAS ARE COVERED BY THE SEPIA SYSTEM OF TESTING THAT’S WHY THIS PUSH ON TESTING WAS SO BIG SO THAT WE COULD STEP IN, WE COULD HAVE A SITE PICTURE ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING, WE COULD USE THE BEST PRACTICES ON ISOLATION AND WE COULD STOP THAT SPREAD AND I THINK JAN’S NUMBERS ARE PRETTY IMPRESSIVE, THE NUMBER OF FACILITIES THAT DID NOT GET THIS AND THEN WHEN FACILITIES DID GET IT, THE WAY THEY MANAGED THAT CARE SO, JAN, IF YOU WANT TO ADD ≫ I THINK THE GOVERNOR HIT THE KEY POINTS TO TOM’S POINT ABOUT PERCENTAGE-WISE, IT’S TRUE THAT WE’VE MADE MODEST GAINS ON THE PERCENTAGE BUT MINNESOTA’S MORTALITY RATES OVERALL AND IN OTHER AGE RANGES ARE REALLY QUITE LOW COMPARED TO NATIONAL STANDARDS SO I THINK IT’S A COMBINATION OF REALLY LOW MORTALITY RATES IN YOUNGER POPULATIONS IN MINNESOTA I THINK IN TERMS OF WHAT — WHAT WE’RE DOING BETTER TODAY THAN WE WERE, AND I AGAIN WOULD STRESS INFECTION CONTROL AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND BETTER CONTROL OVER THINGS LIKE COHORTING POSITIVE RESIDENTS, REALLY, THE FACILITIES HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB OF STOPPING SOME OF THE CONGREGATING ACTIVITIES THAT WERE STILL GOING ON EARLIER IF THE PANDEMIC FOLKS WERE STILL EATING TOGETHER AND SOCIALIZING, AND ESSENTIALLY AS THE — CERTAINLY AS THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR INDICATED, THOSE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF LIFE ARE A BIG LOSS BUT CHANGING 1346 THOSE THINGS, RESTRICTING VISITATION, BEING MUCH MORE CAREFUL WITH STAFF COMING AND GOING FROM THE FACILITIES, HAVE ALL BEEN THINGS THAT HAVE REALLY CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY HERE ≫ NATIONALLY THEY WERE STILL SAYING THAT MINNESOTA HAD IF NOT THE HIGHEST, ONE OF THE HIGHEST LONG-TERM CARE DEATH RATES IN THE COUNTRY, BUT YOU HAVE SAID IN THE PAST, AND I’M HOPING YOU CAN EXPLAIN IT AGAIN WHY WE REPORT A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY OR MAYBE REPORT MORE BROADLY, AND WHAT IS INCLUDED IN LOP CARE, IS THAT ACCURATE? ≫ YES, THANK YOU, TOM WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DATA STRICTLY FROM SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES, WHICH IS THE MORE APPLES TO APPLES DATA, OUR CASES FOR PER POPULATION, PER 10,000 POPULATION, ARE IN ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK, AND OUR DEATH RATE IS ACTUALLY MUCH LESS THAN HALF THE NATIONAL AVERAGE ON A PER POPULATION BASIS JUST FOR SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES SO THAT’S THE APPLES TO APPLES PART LONG-TERM CARE IS NOT A DEFINED TERM A LOT OF PEOPLE ASSUME NURSING HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE HERE IN MINNESOTA, WE’VE BEEN REPORTING THINGS LIKE GROUP HOMES, ADULT FOSTER CARE, MEMORY CARE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE UNITS, ALL THINGS THAT SHARE THAT CHARACTERISTIC OF CONGREGATE LIVING, AND POPULATIONS WITH SOME DEGREE OF UNDERLYING HEALTH VULNERABILITY SO FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROL STANDPOINT, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THOSE FACILITIES ARE REALLY, YOU KNOW, HIGH-RISK FACILITIES SO WE’VE BEEN INCLUDING IN OUR — WE’VE CALLED IT CONGREGATE CARE WE’VE REPORTING THAT ALL-IN NUMBER BECAUSE OF THE VERY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS AND THE DESIRE TO BE MORE COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES, WE’VE STARTED BREAKING OUT THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AND THE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY DATA MORE CLEARLY SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE SUBSET, AND AGAIN, JUST REFER YOU BACK TO THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES WHICH HAS THE NATIONAL DATA ON SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES ONLY, AND WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK ON CASES AND BELOW, YOU KNOW, BELOW HALF OF THE NATIONAL RATE OF DEATHS PER POPULATION ≫ YOU TALKED ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED I CAN’T HELP WONDERING, THOUGH, THOSE LESSONS COULD HAVE BEEN LEARNED LOOKING AT WASHINGTON STATE AND THE ORIGINAL CASES THAT HAPPENED THERE I’M JUST WONDERING WHY, THINGS YOU WERE ALREADY WORKING ON INFECTION CONTROL, YOU KNEW THOSE WERE PROBLEMS THEN, WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE HEED WHEN WE STARTED TO SAY DEATHS ≫ YEAH, I APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGE, JEREMY, BUT I THINK REMEMBERING WHERE WE WERE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IN MARCH AND APRIL, WE HAD BEEN ASSUMING THAT THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE WAS GOING TO BE THE ANSWER ON THOSE QUESTIONS AND IT WASN’T REALLY UNTIL WELL INTO APRIL THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ESSENTIALLY TOLD US, WHAT YOU’VE GOT, AND WE GOT A VERY SMALL PRO RAT YA ALLOCATION FROM THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE, AND TO OUR SURPRISE, AND DEEP DISMAY, WE WERE TOLD, AND THAT’S IT YOU WON’T BE GETTING ANY MORE SO WE HAD TO REALLY RAMP UP THE PROCUREMENT OF STATE SUPPLIES, WHICH WE HAD NEVER HAD BEFORE WE HAVE NEVER HAD A STATE STOCKPILE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT UNTIL — UNTIL UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S DIRECTION, AND THE LEADERSHIP

OF COMMISSIONER ROBERTS DAVIS THAT WE’VE BUT UP A SYSTEM FOR TRACKING WHAT THE SUPPLY NEEDS ARE, AND FOR SOURCING ALL OVER THE WORLD SO, AGAIN, IT’S — IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FOREVER PRACTICALLY, BUT WHERE WE WERE IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC COMPARED TO WHERE WE ARE NOW IS REALLY QUITE A STARK CHANGE AND SOME OF IT WAS JUST THE BIAS ESPECIALLY IN THE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF THE — THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE APPROACH TO THINGS, THAT SAID ONLY HOSPITALS ARE ELIGIBLE TO GET THIS STUFF THAT WE REALLY BUILT UP BOTH A NEW PHILOSOPHY TO SAY, NO, WE REALLY NEED TO CARE ABOUT THE ENTIRE CONTINUUM OF CARE, NOT JUST HOSPITALS AND ACUTE CARE CLINICS, BUT THEN IT WAS JUST BUILDING THE SUPPLY ITSELF THAT TOOK A WHILE ≫ I’LL TAKE THIS WAS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO NATIONAL STRATEGY! 50 GOVERNORS ARE GETTING THIS SAME QUESTION ALL THE TIME AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU AGAIN HERE’S WHAT WAS REALLY FRUSTRATING WE ARE RIGHT BACK THERE AGAIN 3M CANNOT KEEP UP WE’RE SEEING TESTING BEING DIVERTED AND TESTING ESSENTIALS BEING DIVERTED AWAY FROM STATES LIKE MINNESOTA WHO ONCE THEY SAID THEY WERE NOT GOING TO DO IT, WE BUILT OUR OWN AND NOW THEY START TO UNDERMINE THAT FROM THE BACK SIDE SO THIS IS YES, I THINK AS A NATION, WE NEED TO DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING ONCE WE FIGURE THIS OUT AND WE DID LEARN LESSONS, BY THAT POINT IN TIME, WE WERE IN THAT FREE FOR ALL OF THE MARKETPLACE, WHERE P.P.E. WAS BEING DIVERTED FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, PLANES WERE LANDING, YOU HAD THE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND, BECAUSE HIS WIFE HAS CONNECTIONS AND IS KOREAN, GO TO KOREA, GETTING A PLANE AND FLYING IT BACK, SAME THING IN CHICAGO I MEAN, THOSE WERE THE TYPE OF SITUATIONS THAT LED TO WHERE WE’RE AT THE FRUSTRATING PART IS, HERE WE SAT ON JULY 21ST, NO DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT SHORTAGE OF REAGENTS IN SOME OF THE MAJOR TESTING FOR LAB TESTING AND SHORTAGE IN P.P.E. AT A TIME WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AND EXPANDING OUR OPENING WITHOUT THAT PART BEING DONE SO IT’S A TOTALLY FAIR QUESTION, BUT I THINK THE KEY HERE WAS, WE CAN BLAME THE 50 GOVERNORS OR THE 50 HEALTHS WHO ARE ALL EXPERIENCING THE EXACT SAME THING, OR WE CAN DECIDE, WHY DON’T WE GO BACK AND HAVE A STRATEGIC NATIONAL DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A P PANDEMIC, SO I’M WORRIED AGAIN I HAVE TO BE CANDID WITH YOU, THAT WE HAVE GOT OURSELVES IN A GOOD POSITION I THINK WE’RE LAYING THIS KIND OF A LEVEL SET HERE THAT THERE’S WORK TO BE DONE BUT IT COULD GET VERY TIGHT AGAIN AND PUTTING THOSE WORKERS BACK INTO THOSE FACILITIES WITHOUT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THE SUREST WAY THIS IS THE WAY IT WAS COMING WITH WORKERS IT WAS COMING WITH WORKERS INTO FACILITIES AND BEING TRANSMITTED THAT’S WHAT WE STARTED TO LEARN THAT STARTED TO TURN THAT NUMBER DOWN SO — ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TOPIC, OR ARE YOU READY TO MOVE TO ANOTHER ONE? ≫ WONDERED IF ONE OF THE CARE PROVIDERS COULD DISCUSS, PERHAPS, MICHELLE, YOU DISCUSSED A CRISIS SITUATION OF A SHORTAGE OF WORKERS WHY DID YOU NEED NINE PEOPLE? ≫ ABSOLUTELY, I CAN EXPAND ON THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE SO WE HAD A RESIDENT TEST POSITIVE, AND WITH THE COLLABORATION WITH OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL AND OUR MEDICAL DIRECTOR, WE DID A MASS TESTING OF ALL OF OUR STAFF AND ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS WE STARTED GETTING THE RESULTS BACK WITHIN A FEW HOURS BECAUSE THEY DID RAPID TESTING, AND THE FIRST MASS TESTING WE DID, WE HAD 13 RESIDENTS TEST POSITIVE, AND 9 STAFF MEMBERS AND WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, WE STILL HAD RESIDENTS AND STAFF START SHOWING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS SO WE WERE DOING INDIVIDUAL TESTS WITH THOSE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS WE DECIDED TO DO ANOTHER MASS TESTING OF ALL RESIDENTS AND STAFF AND WE ENDED UP HAVING 11 MORE STAFF MEMBERS AND 10 MORE RESIDENTS OVERALL, WE HAD 32 RESIDENTS AND 29 STAFF MEMBERS WE HAVE A BUILDING — WE’RE RUNNING AT A CAPACITY ABOUT 85 BEDS SO IF YOU CAN THINK ABOUT THAT, WITH 29 STAFF MEMBERS OUT, WE WERE TRULY IN EMERGENCY CRISIS STAFFING WE HAD NO STAFF WE WERE CALLING OUR NATIONAL CAMPUS THEY WERE TRYING TO GET POOL STAFF IN FOR US THEY WERE ABOUT TWO WEEKS OUT SO THEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ACTUALLY STEPPED IN, AND THEY CALLED UP FEMA FOR US THEY — FEMA WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO STAY FOR ABOUT FIVE TO

SEVEN-DAYS AND AS PER OUR SECOND MASS TESTING, WE STILL HAD MORE RESIDENTS AND MORE STAFF WITH SYMPTOMS, AND STILL GOING OUT SO THEY ENDED UP STAYING FOR 14 DAYS WITH US AND WE ACTUALLY HAD A SEPARATE COVID UNIT JUST FOR ALL THOSE 32 RESIDENTS SO OUR REGULAR STAFF, THE ONES THAT WERE LEFT, WERE FIGHTING THE FIGHT, AND OUR REGULAR LONG-TERM UNITS, AND THEN THE FEMA NURSES ALONG WITH OUR STAFF MEMBERS WERE FIGHTING THE FIGHT IN THE COVID UNIT AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE THIS A LITTLE BIT CLEAR TOO THE REGULAR STAFFING RATIOS ON A LONG-TERM UNIT ARE ABOUT ONE NURSE TO 15 RESIDENTS IN OUR COVID UNIT, WE WERE RUNNING ABOUT ONE NURSE TO TWO TO THREE RESIDENTS WE WERE RUNNING TRULY AN I.C.U IN OUR LONG-TERM CARE UNIT AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THOSE FEMA NURSES THAT WE SURVIVED, THAT WE DIDN’T SINK THEY HAD THE EXPERTISE AND THEY CAME IN AND COULD STEP RIGHT IN AND HELP US SO WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THEM AND I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO SHOW MY GRATITUDE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? ≫ I THINK THAT DESCRIPTION IS REALLY KIND OF WHERE WE’RE AT ON THIS, AND IT DOES TIE IN A LOT OF THAT THIS IDEA THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT THESE FACILITIES DID WRONG IN THE EARLY PART OF COVID IS SIMPLY NOT THE CASE IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING AND THEN THE THING THAT WE FOUND VERY QUICKLY IS ONCE IT SPREAD THROUGH THE RESIDENTS AND THE STAFF, THIS STAFFING ISSUE BECAME ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL WHAT DO YOU DO THEN? WHAT HAPPENS IF PEOPLE CAN’T COME TO WORK? THESE ARE FOLKS IN THEIR 80s AND 90s WHO NEED THAT HELP AND THEY WEREN’T THERE AND IT WAS REPLICATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY LET’S — YOU WANT TO STAY ON COVID OR GO SOMEWHERE ELSE? ALL RIGHT, LET’S DO A DIFFERENT ONE ≫ ON BONDING, GOVERNOR, THE BONDING BILL LAST NIGHT, SPEAKER HORTMAN AND LEADER GAZELKA, PRETTY OPTIMISTIC THIS MORNING ABOUT CHANCES OF GETTING THAT DONE IF THE LEGISLATURE COMES BACK IN AUGUST WHAT’S YOUR REACTION? DO YOU THINK THEY CAN GET THERE AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET THEM THERE? ≫ WELL, I’M DISAPPOINTED IT’S THREE YEARS IN A ROW THAT WE HAVEN’T DONE THE MOST BASIC THING THAT A STATE SHOULD DO IS MAINTAIN ITS BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE IT IS THE MOST FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE MOVE THAT YOU CAN MAKE AND IT IS ONE THAT IS SUPPORTED ALMOST UNIVERSALLY BY MAYORS, CITY COUNCILS, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITH THAT BEING SAID, I THINK IT’S INCREDIBLY UNFORTUNATE THAT THE IDEA THAT WE CAN’T LIFT THE HIGHWAY IN HENDERSON SO IT DOESN’T FLOOD EVERY YEAR, BECAUSE I’M ORDERING MASKS FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, THAT’S PART OF DEALING WITH PANDEMIC I NEED TO DO THAT THE LEGISLATURE WOULD TAKE ABOUT 90 DAYS, AND WHAT WE CAN DO IN ABOUT 48 HOURS THAT WAS WHY THE FRAMERS OF OUR MINNESOTA CONSTITUTION AND THOSE THAT PUT IN CHAPTER 12 MADE THAT CLEAR SO WE’VE GOTTEN THE PANDEMIC CONFUSED WITH THE BONDING BILL I FEEL FRUSTRATED FOR THE TRADES, THESE JOBS THAT NEED TO BE OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN ARE WAITING TO BE DONE THERE IS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT I STARTED WITH THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WAY BACK IN NOVEMBER OF TOURING AND SEEING THIS, NOW I’VE GOT NATIONAL GUARD FACILITIES BUILT IN THE 1950s WITH LEAKY ROOFS, OF TROOPS THAT ARE GETTING TRAINED TO GO OVERSEAS AND PROTECT US AND WE CAN’T FIX THE ROOF? IT’S UNFORTUNATE AND NOW WE’RE IN A BIT OF A JAM THAT BECAUSE OF THE SALES OF BONDS, AND THE REGULATIONS AROUND THAT, AS COMMISSIONER DPRANS SAYS, WE KIND OF GO INTO A QUIET PERIOD WHERE WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING SO IF WE WERE TO TRY AND DO A BONDING BILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THOSE SALES, WE WOULD HAVE TO STOP ALL EXISTING PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE GOING YOU LOAD THE PIPELINE YEARS IN ADVANCE, SO THE PROJECTS WE HAVE GOING NOW WERE BACKED, BUT NOW EVERY YEAR, JUST CAN’T GET A BONDING BILL LEADER DAUDT HAS MADE IT AN ISSUE THAT HE DOES NOT WANT TO PASS A BONDING BILL SENATOR GAZELKA NEGOTIABILITIED IN GOOD FAITH, SENATOR SENJEM AND HIS MEMBERS NEGOTIATED IN GOOD FAITH SPEAKER HORTMAN WHO IS ALWAYS THERE TRYING TO GET A DEAL AND MARY MURPHY, WE KNOW THAT THE NEED WAS ABOUT $2.6 BILLION WE WERE WILLING TO SETTLE FOR 1 3, TO GO TO HALF IF THAT’S WHAT IT NEEDS BECAUSE THAT WAS THE START, AND YET THIS IDEA THAT WHAT 49 OTHER GOVERNORS ARE DOING, THIS IDEA, AND I WILL PUT IT OUT TO YOU, THE COMPROMISES THAT I WAS WILLING TO MAKE, SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THIS, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP YOUS THE COVID THING, THEN WHY DON’T YOU GUYS AUTHOR A MASK MANDATE WHICH WE KNOW THAT 26

STATES, MOST REPUBLICANS, EVEN BUSINESSES, EVEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS IS A PATRIOTIC THING TO DO, NO, JUST CAN’T HAVE YOU DOING ANY OF THOSE THINGS SO, YEAH, MY FRUSTRATION IS VERY HIGH IN LIFE, TO TRY AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, AND I HOPE WE TALK ABOUT, I’M PROUD OF THE WORK WE WERE ABLE TO DO AROUND POLICE REFORM, BUT I THINK IN A DEMOCRACY AND WHERE IT’S REQUIRED TO GET THE 60 VOTES, IT HAS BEEN CLEAR NOW FOR THREE YEARS THAT REPRESENTATIVE DAUDT DOES NOT WANT A BONDING BILL, DOES NOT WANT THE JOBS IN MINNESOTA, AND HAS FOUND A DIFFERENT REASON EACH YEAR FOR THAT IT JUST KEEPING MOVING I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR OH, IT WASN’T A BONDING YEAR YEAR BEFORE IT WAS, I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT THAT ONE WAS AND THIS YEAR IT WAS THE PANDEMIC SO, YOU KNOW ≫ IS IT A CHANCE OF NO BONDING BILL THAI YEAR? ≫ WE CAN’T DO IT IN AUGUST I DON’T THINK SO NOW WE’RE PUSHED BACK WE LOSE THAT OPPORTUNITY I’M NOT GOING TO STOP THE PROJECTS THAT ARE BEING BUILT IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE I WILL SAY THIS THAT COMMISSIONER FRANS WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS, WE DID SOMETHING THAT VERY FEW STATES ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO WE MAINTAINED A TRIPLE-A BOND RATING YOU CAN’T GET A HOME LOAN IF YOU LET THE ROOF FALL IN, AND SO WITH THESE BONDING AGENCIES WHO MAKE THE LOW RATES, WANT TO SEE THAT YOU’RE KEEPING UP YOUR BUILDINGS, ROADS AND BRIDGES, ALL OF THOSE THINGS AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS RIGHT ON THIS EXPRESSIONING ABSOLUTE DISMAY THAT HOUSING BONDS WOULDN’T GO THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NEEDED AND ABSOLUTELY ARE A COST BENEFIT AND WE DIDN’T GET THOSE SO I GUESS WE’LL REASSESS TO THIS, BUT THE THING, FROM THE BUILDING TRADES TO THE MAYORS, TO THE BUSINESSES, NOT GETTING THE BONDING BILL DONE WAS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE AND JUST TO BE VERY CLEAR, MAGAZINIVE COMPROMISES MADE ACROSS EVERY SECTOR, EVERY CAUCUS, EXCEPT FOR THE MINORITY CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE THE UNWILLINGNESS TO BEND ≫ AUGUST? ≫ BECAUSE, AND I WILL BE CAREFUL ON THIS AND QUALIFY IT, TOM, ANDS I’LL HAVE MYRON FRANS COME BACK TO YOU WE’RE SELLING BONDS IN AUGUST WHEN YOU’RE SELLING BONDS, IT’S MUCH LIKE IF YOU’RE GOING TO GET A HOME LOAN YOU KNOW HOW YOU CAN’T TAKE OUT ANOTHER LOAN AND USE YOUR CREDIT CARDS BECAUSE WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID IS YOU’RE SHIFTING MONEY IN A SHELL GAME TO SHOW THAT YOU’RE MORE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE THAN WHAT YOU ACTUALLY ARE SO WHAT STATES HAVE TO DO, EVERYTHING SETTLES INTO THE PLACE THAT IT’S AT SO IF WE SPENT, WHICH WOULD BE SPENDING, INVESTING IN THE BONDING BILL, THAT WOULD DISTORT WHERE WE WERE AT AND IT WOULD MAKE THAT BOND SALE NOT BE ABLE TO WORK AND WE TOLD THEM THAT WE EXPLAINED THAT TO THEM IT WAS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THE REPUBLICANS THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE, APPARENTLY WAS NOT CLEAR TO THE REPUBLICANS, AND THEY SAID, WELL, WE CAN JUST DO IT IN AUGUST IT’S UNTRUE WE CANNOT ≫ ANY UPDATE ON THE MASK MANDATE THAT YOU GET ASKED ABOUT ALL THE TIME AND THEN THE SCHOOLS — ≫ ABSOLUTELY, AND THE MASK, AND AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THIS THANK GOODNESS, THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY WHEN HE TWEETED WEARING MASKS IS A PATRIOTIC THING TO DO, I MAKE NO BONES ABOUT THIS GETTING PEOPLE TO BUY IN TO WEARING THE MASK IS WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO THE MANDATE IS NOT TO PUNISH PEOPLE IT’S TO PUT THE EMPHASIS BEHIND DOING THAT AND WHAT I’VE SAID IS IF THE PRESIDENT WEARS A MASK, YOU WILL INSTANTLY SEE 10% OR MORE OF THE PUBLIC GO OUT AROUND DO THIS WHEN WE HAVE A MASK MANDATE IN A STATE THAT IS CONTROLLED BY ONE PARTY, AND THEY DO IT, IT GOES UP EVEN MORE LIKE — [ AUDIO CUT OUT ] MASK MANDATE, THE MOST REPUBLICAN STATE IN THE NATION DID IT AND THEY SAW THEIR NUMBERS GO UP ON JUST ASKING REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS, WHY DON’T WE JUMP OFF THIS CLARIFY TOGETHER? THEY’RE NOT WILLING TO DO IT, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY CHAPTER 12 IS THERE I THINK YOU CAN EXPECT AN ANNOUNCEMENT, TOM IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO ≫ MOST LARGE BUSINESSES — ≫ BUSINESSES TELL US WE DO AND ONE OF THE THINGS IS THAT THEY THINK THERE’S A CLARIFICATION ON IT IN THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO BATTLE PEOPLE COMING IN IT JUST MAKES IT CLEAR ACROSS THE BOARD AND I THINK WHAT WE SEE, AND WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS, I THINK THERE’S AN ARGUMENT TO BE MADE AROUND REGIONALISM, BUT THE ONE THING IS, WHEN WE GET INTO THE REGIONALISM, YOU TEND TO GET A BLEEDOVER, SO YOU DON’T HAVE ONE IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY, WELL, EVERYBODY GOES TO ST. LOUIS COUNTY FROM OTHER PLACES, SO HERE’S WHAT I WOULD WISH, TOM, IS, I THINK IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, THE SIMPLEST THING WE

CAN DO TO GET BACK IN SCHOOL, THE SIMPLEST THING WE CAN DO TO OPEN UP AND MAKE SURE OUR BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN LIKE THEY ARE, AND THE SIMPLEST THING THAT REPUBLICANS CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THAT I DON’T HAVE TO TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS AROUND THE PANDEMIC IS TO WEAR A MASK SO MY HOPE WOULD BE HERE IS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SAY WE WANT TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS AND WE REALLY WANT THE GOVERNOR TO STOP DOING THESE THINGS, YOU COULD WEAR A MASK YOU COULD SHOW ME THAT WE DON’T NEED TO DO THESE THINGS I WISHED WE DIDN’T, BUT I THINK WE’VE SEEN IN OTHER STATES AND LISTENING TO REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS SAY IT, THEY FINALLY GOT TO THAT POINT I THINK IT WAS GOVERNOR IVY YESTERDAY ON THE GOVERNOR’S CALL SAID, I BELIEVE IN PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO HELP PEOPLE BE RESPONSIBLE AND SO THAT IS THE MOST REPUBLICAN THING I THINK YOU COULD SAY AROUND A MANDATE POSSIBLE AND PROBABLY TRUE SO, PETER? ≫ FORMER SPEAKER, REPRESENTATIVE DAUDT, SAID THAT YOU AND HE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW — SOME NEGOTIATIONS THAT HE THOUGHT WERE FRUITFUL CAN YOU SHARE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE OFFERED — ≫ YEAH, IT’S ACTUALLY 11 MEETINGS, FIVE OF MY OFFERS AND FIVE OF MY ATTEMPTS TO MEET WERE MET WITH SILENCE I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON I HAVE GOT A TIMELINE AND I’M BRINGING THE REES ON WHAT — RECEIPTS ON WHAT I ASKED AND I WAS WILLING TO DO THINGS THAT NO GOVERNOR IN THE NATION WAS WILLING TO GIVE UP ON TO TRY AND GET THIS WORKING, BUT I AM NOT GOING TO TURN OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THINGS THAT NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY, AND AGAIN, IT’S NOT EVEN TURNING THEM OVER OR GIVING THEM AWAY IT’S JUST THE MECHANISMS DON’T WORK FAST ENOUGH, AND TO BE VERY HONEST, IF THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A REAL SHOW OF FAITH OF A FRUSTRATION WITH EXECUTIVE POWER, I DON’T HEAR A SINGLE WORD WHEN THE PRESIDENT USES EXECUTIVE POWERS, AND IF YOU CONTINUE TO TELL ME THE EMERGENCY IS OVER AND COVID IS NOT THAT BIG A DEAL, THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA SHOULD BE VERY SKEPTICAL ABOUT TRUSTING IN THAT, BUT I WENT AND WE’LL SHOW YOU, I BELIEVE THERE WAS — 11 DIFFERENT MEETINGS, SOME OF THEM VERY EXTENSIVE WITH MY LEGAL COUNSEL WITH THINGS WE WERE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT AND MOVE AND ONE THING WAS, I HAVE TO BE CANDID, I WAS NOT WILLING TO GIVE UP AND SAY THAT THE MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAD VETO POWER OVER EVERYTHING I DID THAT IS NOT THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS THAT IS NOT THE WAY THE VOTEST WORK WHEN THEY VOTED FOR THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND MYSELF TO — NOW, I SIM FA THESE WITH THEM AND I’M ACTUALLY A KINDRED SPIRIT ON THIS IDEA OF BALANCES OF POWER, BUT THERE COMES A TIME WHEN DECISIONS NEED TO BE MOVED QUICKLY, AND I CONTINUE TO ASK, WHICH THINGS DO YOU DISAGREE WITH THAT WE SHOULDN’T HAVE? AND THERE ARE A FEW OF THEM, BUT MANY TIMES THEY’RE THE VERY THINGS THAT ARE ACTUALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE ≫ ON THE POLICE BILL, TOP LAWMAKERS AND YOU HAVE PRAISED IT, BUT THERE’S PLENTY OF COMMUNITY GROUPS WHO SAY IT DOESN’T GO NEARLY FAR ENOUGH JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, ON THE WARRIOR TRAINING, IT PREVENTS TAXPAYERS MONEY FROM REIMBURSING OFFICERS WHO GET THE WARRIOR TRAINING, BUT IT DOESN’T PREVENT THE UNION FOR EXAMPLE FROM OFFERING WARRIOR TRAINING PEOPLE WHO SAY IT DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH? ≫ WELL, I THINK IN MANY THINGS, IT’S TOWARDS THAT MORE PERFECT UNION NO, IF I HAD PUT THIS FORWARD, IT WOULDN’T HAVE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE THIS BUT THAT’S NOT THE WAY IT WORKED I THINK WE IN THIS ROOM NEED TO RECOGNIZE AS THE EPICENTER OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT ON RELOOKING AT WHAT COMMUNITY SAFETY LOOKS LIKE, THE DESIRE TO GET SOMETHING DONE WAS GREAT THERE ARE BIG MOVES IN HERE THEY’RE GENERATIONAL MOVES ARE THERE THINGS LEFT? I’LL HAVE TO TELL YOU THE FIRST TEXT I GOT CAME SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT FROM FAMILY MEMBERS WHO EXPRESSED THEIR DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT THAT IT DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH THEY WANT TO DO WHAT’S THAT DO ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES? THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT QUALIFIED IMMUNITY THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, SO WHAT I WOULD SAY AND RESPOND TO PEOPLE IS NO PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS PERFECT AND I WOULDN’T VIEW ANY AS THE END AS OUR SOCIETY CHANGED AND AS THIS ISSUE BECAME APPARENT, WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE I THINK IT’S PRETTY AMAZING YOU THINK ABOUT THIS WE MOVED SOME OF THESE ISSUES AROUND P.O.S.T. BOARD, AROUND CHOKEHOLDS, AROUND WARRIOR TRAINING, AND GRANTED, MAYBE COULD HAVE GONE FARTHER, WE WERE ABLE TO PASS THAT AND THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE HEAR ON THIS IN THE SENATE, AND YET THEY STILL VOTED FOR IT AND PASSED I WOULD CONSIDER THAT TO BE PROGRESS AND THAT’S BECAUSE THE PUBLIC’S ASKING FOR IT SO MY I GUESS WORD TO YOU IS, THE EMOTION OF BEING GLAD TO SEE US COME TOGETHER AND MOVE SIGNIFICANT REFORM, BUT ALSO THE — THE SENSE OF

FRUSTRATION AND IN MANY CASES, ANGUISH AMONGST SOME OF THESE FAMILIES THAT THEY DIDN’T GET WHAT THEY WANTED TO SEE IN THIS BILL AND I THINK THAT’S WHY IT BEHOOVES US TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER THE ONE THING I WOULD SAY THAT’S REAL POSITIVE ABOUT THIS, NOT JUST BEING BIPARTISAN, FAMILIES, ACTIVISTS, AND POLICE, AND POLICE REPRESENTATION, WERE INVOLVED IN THIS THEY SAT AT THE TABLE I THINK AT A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY WANTS TO PUT US IN SEPARATE CAMPS AND EVERYBODY WANTS YOU TO COME DOWN ON ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER, THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WAS CRAFTED WITH EVERYBODY AT THE TABLE AND SO IT’S A GOOD START IT’S ONE THAT I THINK MINNESOTANS NEEDED TO I’M GLAD THEY CAME BACK TO DO IT ONCE AGAIN, ONLY DIVIDED LEGISLATURE ONCE AGAIN, A LEGISLATURE THAT WAS WILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM THE BEST ECONOMIC THING THAT WE COULD DO IN PASSING A BONDING BILL THAT PROBABLY HAS 90% SUPPORT IN THE COUNTRY, CERTAINLY HAS A MAJORITY OF VOTES IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE, HAD OUR SUPPORT, AND OUR COMPROMISE, AND WE DIDN’T GET THAT DONE, I THINK IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF A GOOD THING THAT WE DID MOVE THE POLICE REFORM ≫ GOVERNOR, ONE MORE AND THEN BACK HERE [Overlapping CONVERSATIONS] ≫ I JUST WANTED TO GET A LITTLE MORE FROM SCHOOLS FROM YOU WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITH RISING CASE COUNTS, DOES THAT WEAKEN YOUR RESOLVE TO GET THE KIDS BACK INTO CLASSROOMS AT ALL? ≫ NO I DON’T LIKE TO SEEK IN HYPERBOLE TOO OFTEN AND I DON’T THINK THIS IS I THINK I’M SAFE TO SAY THAT NOBODY WANTS KID BACK IN SCHOOL MORE THAN ME, BOTH AS GOVERNOR AND AS TEACHER AND AS PARENT RELATIONSHIPS MATTER IT’S NOT THE BEST PLACE TO BE OUT FOR MOST OF THESE KIDS AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING NONSTOP FOR MONTHS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BEST DO THIS AND MAKE IT SAFE AND I THINK, AGAIN, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR INDIVIDUAL SITUATION THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CASES WHERE THE DATA IS CONTINUING TO GROW AGAIN, EVERY TIME I SEE IN THIS INFANT DEATH THAT WAS SO TRAGIC THIS WEEK, YOU START TO SEE THESE THINGS, IT DOESN’T WEAKEN BY RESOLVE, BUT I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO, AS THE SCIENCE EVOLVES, TO EVOLVE WITH IT AND WHAT I WOULD TELL MINNESOTANS IS, WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET THOSE KIDS BACK IN THAT CLASSROOM, GET THEM BACK THERE SAFELY AND THE KEY THAT I’M TELLING MY TEAM IS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM THERE BUT TO HAVE A NIMBLENESS THAT IF WE SEE THESE NUMBERS CLIMB TO BE ABLE TO MOVE A LITTLE BIT THE OTHER DIRECTION AND TO NOT DISRUPT THE LEARNING, BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN I THINK ABOUT THIS, ALL THAT SPRAYING, ALL THAT CLEANING, ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE, THAT’S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT IT’S THE JOY AND THE SPARK OF LEARNING THAT HAPPENS IN THERE, THAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN THAT SAME ROOM WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT’S STILL ABLE TO BE THERE AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE, MUCH LIKE MASKS, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY — IT’S ABSOLUTELY INSANE THAT THE DECISION TO GET BACK IN SCHOOLS WOULD BE VIEWED AS A POLITICAL MOVE AND I WILL JUST CANDIDLY SAY, IT PERSONAL, AND I DON’T TAKE MUCH PERSONALLY IN THIS JOB, BUT I DO TAKE IT PERSONALLY AROUND SCHOOLS AND AROUND TEACHING AND ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I FEEL LIKE I KNOW AND THE IDEA THAT I WOULD NOT WANT KIDS IN THAT ROOM AND BE THERE SAFELY, THAT’S — THAT IS NOT THE RHETORIC THAT’S GOING TO GET US THERE, HELP US OUT AND THE ONE THING I CAN TELL YOU IS, WE WENT HOME WITHOUT A BONDING BILL AND WITHOUT A SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET THAT MAKES IT HARDER TO GET THINGS IN SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT I ASK PEOPLE, THE ONE I SAW, I SAW THE STORY AND I WOULD ASK THIS QUESTION, I SCAMP WHERE PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WELL, PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE MAKING SOME DECISIONS ABOUT GOING BACK HOW ARE THEY GOING TO DO THEIR TRANSPORTATION? THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO ALL THE TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS SO THAT IS A PRETTY BIG PIECE OF HOW — UNLESS EVERY PARENT’S GOING TO DRIVE AND PICK UP THEIR KIDS EVERY DAY WHICH WE KNOW IS NOT THE CASE SO I MEAN, THE COMPLICATED PART OF THIS, I WANT TO GET THEM IN THERE I — HERE’S WHAT I THINK AND I WOULD TELL MINNESOTANS THIS IF WE COULD GET 90 TO 95% MASK COMPLIANCE, OVER THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS, WE THINK THE STATISTICAL NUMBERS MAKE IT SO THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN AND CONTINUE TO OPEN AND I TELL PEOPLE THAT WHO ARE SAYING, WELL, WE NEED TO OPEN THE ECONOMY YOU CAN WAKE UP IN THE MORNING IN YOUR HOUSE, GO FOR A WALK, GO DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL COFFEE SHOP AND HAVE COUGH OF YEAR, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR KIDS TO DAYCARE, YOU CAN GO TO YOUR JOBS IN 94% OF WORKPLACES, YOU CAN GO AND HAVE LUNCH ON A PATIO AND EVEN INSIDE, AFTER WORK, YOU CAN GO AND PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF, AND GO AND WAY YOUR KIDS PLAY

BASEBALL IF WE WEAR A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE, WE CAN DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS IN ADDITION TO GETTING KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL YEP [Overlapping CONVERSATIONS] ≫ GOVERNOR, WE CAN’T DO A BONDING BILL IN AUGUST, WHEN CAN WE DO DID? ≫ WELL, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION BECAUSE I KNOW THAT — AND I THINK MANY OF YOU KNOW THIS PERHAPS, YOU KNOW, AFTER THEY — I THINK THERE’S A NERVOUSNESS NOW THERE’S PRIMARY ELECTIONS AUGUST 11TH, AND THEN THERE’S THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER I THINK MOST OF US KNOW HOW THIS WORKS IS THERE’S AN AVERSION TO DOING ANYTHING THE CLOSER YOU GET TO AN ELECTION, SO I THINK IT BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT I THINK AS COMMISSIONER FRANS SAID, IF WE DIDN’T GET IT DONE NOW, IT WAS PROBABLY GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET IT BEFORE THE ELECTION SO — AND WE’LL LOOK AT IT I DON’T SAY THAT DEFINITIVELY BUT I DO SAY IT SOMEWHAT DEJEKDEDLY BECAUSE WE’RE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS I CAN’T STATE ENOUGH AGAIN THE GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS THAT WENT ON IN THIS I’M — I’M A LITTLE, YOU KNOW, I COULD BE A LITTLE MIFFED ON THIS I STARTED OUT AT 2.6 THEY STARTED AT 900 AND WE ENDED WITH 1.3 SO I THINK THEY GOT A PRETTY GOOD DEAL BUT I ALWAYS SAY THESE AREN’T MY PROJECTS, THESE ARE MINNESOTA’S PROJECTS, AND IF I CAN GET SOME OF THEM, I’LL TAKE IT AND THAT IS TOO BAD BECAUSE THAT IS A REALLY BIG JOBS — THERE WAS IN THIS I BELIEVE SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS OF HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS IT WAS ALMOST 400 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION MONEY THAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW THAT COULD HAVE GOT IN AND WE LOST THAT PLUS 100 MILLION, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S WORK ON 100 MILLION ON HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS