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The new safeguards include constant mask-wearing by staff; more aggressive segregation of infected residents and more rigorous screening of workers.
More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency will begin publishing the names on its website as early as Friday or Saturday.
As deaths mount, pressure is building on the state to release more. The Minnesota Department of Health has cited concerns that releasing names would violate privacy laws.
In a letter sent to providers on Sunday, the agency said staffers providing adult day services are not considered "critical sector" workers.
Many fear the worst is yet to come, and their loved ones will die alone, with no one holding their hand.
The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.
The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.
More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.
Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.