Gov. Walz issues executive order authorizing National Guard to help with healthcare protective equipment shortage

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Gov. Tim Walz issued executive order 20-13 on Friday, authorizing the National Guard to assist in the state’s COVID-19 response.

The order authorized the Minnesota National Guard to transport personal protective equipment in storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in St. Paul. The order also allows them to assist in the planning and coordination of personal protective equipment supply delivery.

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“In times of need, Minnesotans pull together to make sure we have the resources and supplies we need to get through challenges,” said Walz.” Minnesota’s hospitals, healthcare facilities, and first responders are in desperate need of personal protective equipment, and I’m grateful to have the Minnesota National Guard’s partnership in delivering these supplies for Minnesotans.”