Minnesota House passes $200 million bill to combat coronavirus pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House passed a bill early today (Tuesday) which provides $200 million to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the state where the number of cases has grown to 54.

The bill allocates $150 million for a newly-created health care response fund.

The Minnesota Department of Health will make grants to health care providers in dealing with COVID-19, including testing services.

The legislation also provides $50 million for a contingency account for use by providers, ambulance services, health care clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The House action on St. Patrick’s Day comes after Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in.