(Saint Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz says Minnesota has now reached his "moon shot" goal of being able to perform 20 thousand COVID tests per day -- although about a month later than he originally envisioned.

Walz says that testing volume gives the state an accurate representation of where the COVID virus is in Minnesota. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the number of COVID hospitalizations remains stable in Minnesota, and ICU usage is at the lowest level since May 1st. The state has done more than a half-million tests.