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Minnesota’s Family Physicians Urge Governor Walz to Issue Shelter in Place Order

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Minneapolis, March 23, 2020 – On behalf of its nearly 3,200 family physician members, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) sent a letter today urging Governor Walz to make a “shelter in place” declaration and shut down all non-essential businesses in Minnesota for at least two weeks.

The MAFP believes this step is necessary and will allow Minnesota’s healthcare infrastructure to get ahead of the expected surge in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Minnesota can be a national model for flattening the curve and slowing the rate of infection. Acting now to close non-essential businesses for at least two weeks and discourage people from leaving their homes will keep more Minnesotans from getting sick while preserving medical resources and demonstrating what is possible with preventive action.

Every person who stays at home and avoids hospitalization is saving medical personnel, medical equipment and hospital beds for someone else who will require help.

Read the full letter to Governor Walz.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing nearly 3,200 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

Media contact:
Jami Burbidge, MAM
Advocacy and Engagement Director

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