Governor Tim Walz ordered any Minnesota business, nonprofit or non-hospital health care facility to take an inventory of any supplies of PPE, ventilators, respirators or anesthesia machines no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and report it using the following form: The order mandates that such facilities and businesses must not use any of these supplies other than for use in delivering critical health care or other essential services and must be prepared to either donate the supplies to a local coordinating entity or to “be prepared for the possibility” of donating or selling them for use by critical health care workers.

The order references dental, veterinary, construction and institutes of higher learning or “other” as facilities and businesses to which the order may apply. The definition appears to be deliberately broad, and we expect that there may be further clarification as to the scope of its applicability.

View the full order here.

March 24, 2020