WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEARFIELD)  —  The Trump Administration is approving Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says this declaration is a step toward making sure those in need have access to critical resources.

It authorizes federal funding to cover costs for medical assistance, mental health counseling, hazard mitigation, food, and legal services.

Minnesota could also be reimbursed for the State Emergency Operations Center, National Guard and law enforcement services.