ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Minnesota as the state combats the coronavirus outbreak.
Gov. Tim Walz had asked Trump to issue the declaration to allow federal funding to flow to the state.
Minnesota’s congressional delegation had urged the Trump administration to approve the request. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the coronavirus pandemic has “caused a public health and economic crisis” across Minnesota.
Klobuchar says the declaration “is a step toward making sure those in need have access to critical resources.”
Walz wants to use the money for crisis counseling, supplemental nutrition programs, medical assistance, funeral aid and other needs.