ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Tim Walz will deliver a video address Friday to update Minnesotans on the state's fight against COVID-19.

The governor's spokesman says Walz plans to talk about the latest numbers and the challenges ahead.

The address will be live-streamed via the governor's YouTube channel at 1 p.m. We will also broadcast the address live on AM 1204 and 95.3 FM WJON.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state's death toll from the pandemic was 18 as of Thursday. The state's confirmed case count rose by 53 for a total of 742 since the outbreak began. Officials caution that those numbers are low because not everyone qualifies for testing.

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