Walz signs COVID presumption bill

A day after the Minnesota Legislature passed it, Gov. Tim Walz has signed a COVID-19 presumption bill.

The law extends workers’ compensation benefits for front-line workers who contract COVID-19.

“Every day throughout this pandemic, frontline workers have protected us and have saved lives,” Walz said in a statement. “This bipartisan bill—passed within days of the Legislature gaveling in for the 2022 session—makes it clear that in Minnesota, we are grateful for our first responders, take care of our workers, and give them both the benefits they deserve.”

The previous presumption expired on Dec. 31.

The House DFL says 183,000 front-line workers across Minnesota are covered by the law.