Minnesotans remained focused Sunday on supplying much-needed protective gear for health care workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Maplewood’s 3M Co. has doubled its global output of N95 respirators to a rate of more than 1 billion per year, and the governor deployed Minnesota National Guard troops to move critical protective supplies to a Minnesota Health Department warehouse. At the same time, the health department urged dentists to use what protective gear they have to treat emergency dental cases to keep such patients out of hospital emergency departments.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday ordered all elective or “nonessential” medical and dental procedures that use personal protective equipment to be postponed indefinitely, partly to conserve those supplies for the most-needed cases.
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