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The Latest: Airport board delays minimum wage increase vote

March 19, 2020 - 1:32 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission has delayed a planned vote on raising the minimum wage at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport over concerns about the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

The board originally was scheduled next month to vote on phasing in a $15 minimum wage for many airport workers by July 1, 2022. But that vote will now happen at a later date.

Commission Chair Rick King said Thursday the board is not abandoning efforts to make sure airport workers are paid competitive wages. But he says airport businesses are struggling due to the drop in air travel demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The issue is timing," King said in a statement. “The MAC has a history of leading on minimum wage issues in Minnesota, and we will bring the draft minimum wage ordinance to a vote as soon as feasible.”


11:45 a.m.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota rose to 89 on Thursday, up 12 from the day before.

The new cases include one in Wadena County in north-central Minnesota. It's the state's first confirmed case so far north. The northernmost cases previously were in Stearns and Benton counties, which include the St. Cloud area.

The count of confirmed cases from the Minnesota Department of Health is lower than the total number of people infected across the state because not everyone who gets sick qualifies for testing.

New applications for unemployment insurance in Minnesota for the week topped 72,000 as of Wednesday night, according to updated figures from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The department has been taking more than 2,000 applications per hour due to layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild cases of COVID-19 recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe cases may take three to six weeks to get better.

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