For the fifth straight month, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced that a special session of the Minnesota Legislature will convene next week. In a news release from his office, Walz said the Legislature will convene on October 12.

The governor says he intends to extend the COVID-19 peacetime emergency by 30 days in an attempt to ensure that the state can continue to quickly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 virus is unpredictable, and as we have seen over the past few weeks, it continues to devastate our communities,” said Governor Walz in a press release Wednesday. “It’s imperative that we have the tools necessary to respond to this public health emergency and protect the health and wellbeing of each and every Minnesotan. This emergency is not over.”

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Minnesota reported 918 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to more than 106,000. Clay County is reporting a total of 1,613 positive COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.

Fourteen new deaths were reported Tuesday, with nine being in long-term care or assisted living facilities. The state now has 2,101 deaths, with Clay County reporting 42 deaths.

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