Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says all protesters should get tested for COVID-19.
State health officials made a similar request three days prior to Walz’s suggestion, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Anyone who demonstrated should receive a test for COVID-19,” Walz tweeted. “If you think you’ve been exposed, get a test 5 days after the event. If that test turns up negative, get tested again 14 days after the event.”
Large gatherings for protests across the nation increased the chances for the spread of the virus, although many have worn masks.
With hundreds of people being arrested and being placed in unsanitary jails, police are not helping this potential crisis. It is a known occurrence that COVID-19 spread like wildfire in jail facilities before they were packed with curfew violators and protesters. According to data from John Hopkins, more than 1,000 people have died from coronavirus in Minnesota.
The killing of George Floyd on May 25, by the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, brought many out to protest his unjustifiable death. Floyd reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 back on April 3, although he was asymptomatic.
Anyone who demonstrated should receive a test for COVID-19.
If you think you’ve been exposed, get a test 5 days after the event. If that test turns up negative, get tested again 14 days after the event.
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) June 4, 2020