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Governor announces stay-at-home order, further school closures

Governor announces stay-at-home order, further school closures

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 25, 2020

During a conference call March 25, Gov. Tim Walz ordered all Minnesotans to limit their movement outside of their homes to protect those most at risk from the pandemic — this request includes an extension of distance learning until May 4. “There is no magic around a two-week period. We ha...

Governor closes restaurants, bars, other public facilities

Governor closes restaurants, bars, other public facilities

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, and Talia Lissauer

March 16, 2020

This story is updated as of 6:20 p.m. March 16. At a press conference March 16, Gov. Tim Walz announced Executive Order 20-04 which closes restaurants, bars and other public accommodations for in-person services between 5 p.m. March 17 and 5 p.m. March 27 in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Deliver...

St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

St. Louis Park closes public facilities, plans to meet on COVID-19

Gabriel Kaplan

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 7:15 p.m. March 15. In an update published by the St. Louis Park municipal government, the city announced it will close the Westwood Hills Nature Center, the Recreation Outdoor Center, and the Rec. Center, however, city hall will remain open for the time being.  “...

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

Staff Editorial: School closure necessary to protect community

March 15, 2020

This op-ed is updated as of 4:20 p.m. March 15. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis Park Public Schools plan to close for nearly three weeks from March 17 to April 6, according to a phone blast sent out March 15. Although this decision should’ve been made sooner, the Echo Editorial Board applauds the district for acting with an abundan...

Fact-checking the pandemic

Fact-checking the pandemic

Gabriel Kaplan and Talia Lissauer

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 10:00 p.m. March 15. In hectic times it is easy to give in to the trap of fake news. To counteract this misinformation, Echo asked its Instagram followers to submit questions that we have done our best to answer below. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel f...

St. Louis Park Public Schools announce school closure March 17 through March 27

St. Louis Park Public Schools announce school closure March 17 through March 27

Marta Hill, Gabriel Kaplan, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 15, 2020

This story is updated as of 11:30 a.m. March 15. In a phone blast, St. Louis Park Public Schools announced schools will stay open March 16 for students and teachers to prepare for the closure which will begin March 17. Teachers and staff will report to school March 17 to prepare for distance learnin...

Governor Walz declares peacetime state of emergency

Governor Walz declares peacetime state of emergency

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Talia Lissauer

March 13, 2020

This story is accurate as of 3:00 p.m. March 13.  In response to the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, state officials addressed the public at 1 p.m. March 13. During the conference, Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency for Minnesota. “I've just signed Executive Order 20-01 declaring a...

Trump to declare national state of emergency

Trump to declare national state of emergency

Marta Hill

March 13, 2020

President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency March 13 to provide faster and more direct relief surrounding COVID-19, according to NBC Universal.  “I will be having a news conference today at 3:00 P.M., The White House. Topic: CoronaVirus!” Trump said in a tweet.  According to the Cen...

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