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More than 10,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been tested.
The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.
The state Department of Health found the homes placed their residents in "immediate jeopardy."
In Minnesota and nationally, the deadliest clusters of the coronavirus have tended to be in large, multistory nursing homes with people doubled up in rooms and separated by curtains.
Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.
The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
For the past two months, there has been little respite for workers.
Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
More than 40 residents at North Ridge Health and Rehab have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.