RESTRICTION EFFECTS: Minnesotans deal with financial and mental struggles of shutdown

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(KTTC) — After a record breaking day Thursday for new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Minnesota, Friday’s news was not much better with more than 6,800 new cases and 68 deaths.

Friday, just in our southeast Minnesota viewing area, five counties reported more than 60 new cases. Olmsted County with 108 and one new death, Goodhue County reported 77, Winona County saw 72 new cases and an additional death. Mower County had 4 deaths to go along with 68 new cases and Steele County announced 61 new COVID 19 positive tests.

As Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged during a media briefing call Friday, the new restrictions are painful but do serve a specific purpose.

“To mitigate the spread of the virus, preserve our healthcare capacity, protect our healthcare workers and make a difference,” Walz said. “As I’ve said all along, it comes at a horrible cost. There’s an economic cost that comes with these decisions. There’s also mental health.”

Distance learning and lockdowns have caused mental health issues for children. It has been extremely difficult for both special needs students and those already struggling with a mental illness.

However, younger children are not the only ones affected.

“A new study released this month found that almost half of young adults are …

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