March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

It feels as though our world has been turned upside down for our members in education and local government. We are right there with you! For the past few weeks, Resource Training & Solutions has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States and Minnesota. We have been following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other local and national sources to ensure we have the best policies and procedures in place to ensure the health of our members and our staff. At Resource, we value the safety of the schools and communities that we serve. As we work through this complex, ever-changing situation, the following steps have been taken:


  • Networks/meetings/training have been moved to a virtual format or postponed through at least the end of April. 
  • Employees will office from home.
  • Our office phone lines are open and will be monitored for messages.
  • Our building will be closed to the public. 
  • Students of Excellence, originally scheduled for 04/29/20 has been canceled. 
  • Knowledge Bowl State wide is canceled.


We are choosing to take these precautionary measures for the safety and well being of the entire Resource community. Because the situation is ever-evolving, Resource Training & Solutions will continually monitor the situation and update this site regularly. Please feel free to contact Resource Training & Solutions with any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Updates:

On Friday, March 27th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-24 provides hours of service and weight restriction relief for commercial vehicle drivers hauling livestock. The Order will help ensure producers and retailers maintain supply of essential products.

On Friday, March 27th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-23 Authorizing Minnesota Health-Related Licensing Boards to Modify Requirements During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency.

On Friday, March 27th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-22 allows the State Auditor to work with local governments to adjust reporting deadlines for various financial reports, to prevent municipalities from having to divert resources that should be used to respond to communities’ critical needs during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

On Friday, March 27th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-21 amends Executive Order 20-07 to allow constitutional officers to implement leave for both classified and unclassified employees and to reassign and redeploy staff as needed.

On Wednesday, March 25th,  Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home beginning on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm

On Wednesday, March 25th,  Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-19 Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Implement a Distance Learning Period and Continue to Provide a Safe Learning Environment for Minnesota’s Students.

On Wednesday, March 25th,  Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-18 Continuing the Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation.

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-17 to clarify that Executive Order 20-09, ordering all elective surgeries and procedures be postponed, applies to veterinary surgeries and procedures to conserve protective equipment. Surgeries and procedures that prevent loss of life, permanent dysfunction of an organ or extremity, or risk of metastasis or progression of staging for non-COVID-19 patients should not be postponed under this order. Additionally, in the context of veterinary medicine, threats to public health, the owner, or the animal may also be considered.

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-16 directing all non-hospital entities to conduct an inventory of their PPE, ventilators, respirators, and anesthesia machines, report the result to the state, and either donate such equipment to a local coordinating entity or preserve it. On Saturday, Governor Walz directed the National Guard to transport PPE from storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-15 to authorize the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to establish a Small Business Emergency Loan program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota’s small businesses and independent contractors are amongst the worst hit by the pandemic. DEED’s emergency loan program will help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance during COVID-19 closures.

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-14 to suspend eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. Loss of housing is catastrophic at any time, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, this loss endangers the health and well-being of all Minnesotans. While this order clarifies that tenants who can continue to pay rent during the peacetime emergency should continue to do so, landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from stable housing.

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-12 allows DHS to temporarily issue waivers or modifications to state requirements to ensure that their services can be delivered to Minnesotans safely and without undue delay, protecting vulnerable Minnesotans and those who care for them. DHS provides health care coverage, programs, and services for over 1 million Minnesotans, including groups likely to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 such as older adults, individuals who have disabilities, families with children, and individuals with mental illness.

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-11 authorizes the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to seek federal authority to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements for federal programs, including but not limited to the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare, to ensure these programs continue providing necessary support to Minnesota families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-10 prohibits price gouging during the peacetime emergency, responding to reports of essential goods necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public being sold at excessive and prohibitive prices. This prohibition takes effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Individuals found to be in violation are subject to investigation and enforcement by the Attorney General’s office. This executive order brings Minnesota, which does not have a statute on price gouging, in line with most other states in the United States.

On Thursday, Marth 19th, Governor Walz today signed Executive Order 20-09, ordering health care providers to postpone elective surgeries and procedures, including non-emergent elective dental procedures, to focus health care capacity and equipment on responding to COVID-19 cases and other emergencies.

On Wednesday, March 18th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-08, clarifying the types of businesses and places of public accommodation subject to closure per Executive Order 20-04. The executive order clarifies that the closure order applies to salons, barbershops, and other similar establishments.

On Tuesday, March 17th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-07 providing paid leave for state employees who are not able to work for reasons related to COVID-19 and suspended the waiting period for insurance coverage for new employees. He also provided more flexibility for the Commissioner of Management and Budget to respond the evolving COVID-19 situation.

On Tuesday, March 17th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-06 to exempt vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 from certain regulations including provisions on weight and hours of service.

On Monday, March 16th, Governor Walz, In an effort to support the many Minnesotans affected by the closures of local businesses, signed Executive Order 20-05 to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available. Specifically, this Executive Order will waive the employer surcharge and allow the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately, providing fast relief to employees who need it.

On Monday, March 16th, Governor Walz announced the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. He also announced the temporary closure of other places of public accommodation and amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs.

On Monday, March 16th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-03 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota’s Veterans Homes. This executive order allows Veterans Homes to protect residents and staff by temporarily restricting visitors, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread among residents

On Sunday, March 15, Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that Minnesota’s public schools and charter schools must close by Wednesday, March 18, and remain closed through Friday, March 27, in light of the COVID-19 situation.

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