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For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Health encourages Minnesotans to get their seasonal flu shot.
Many people who are more likely to get sick from COVID-19 are also more likely to get sick from the seasonal flu. Older adults, pregnant woman, and people with chronic health conditions should make sure they get a seasonal flu vaccine. Learn more at mdhflu.com.
Minnesota Department of Health Guidance related to recent civil unrest
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. Talk to a doctor, local clinic, or find a testing location near you: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/index.jsp.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
Is it COVID-19? Use the State of Minnesota's tool with symptoms and when to seek medical help.
Should you wear a face covering?
The federal government has issued some new guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Learn more: Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers.
Ramsey County Public Health guidance and resources: Ramsey County COVID-19.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides situation updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions.
- Managing Chronic Conditions during COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn about basic steps older adults can take to protect themselves.
- Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Learn more about COVID-19 on the CDC website.
- COVID-19 basics and frequently asked questions
- Are you at higher risk for severe illness?
If you are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19, you can call Ramsey County's Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line at 651-266-7878 and the Adult Mental Health Crisis Line at 651-266-7900.
Saint Paul Public Library Social Worker
Saint Paul Public Library Social Worker offers phone support weekdays from 1-4 p.m. Get help with problem-solving, ask questions, find resources, or get support from a licensed social worker. Call 651-300-9305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at sppl.org.
The library has also created a Wellness and COVID-19 information guide with more resources.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Centers For Disease Control (CDC): Manage Anxiety and Stress
- University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers
- Centers For Disease Control (CDC): Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis
- PBS: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
- 2019 ኮሮናቫይረስ በሽታ (ኮቪድ-19)
- فیروس كورونا المستجد 2019
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hmoob
- Koronafayraska Cusub ee 2019
- Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Loại coronavirus mới 2019 (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 KAREN
- Twin Cities PBS: Coronavirus: An Almanac Special
- American Sign Language (ASL): Coronavirus PSA video from MDH
- American Sign Language (ASL): COVID-19 video playlist from the CDC
- Governor Walz releases COVID-19 public service announcements in multiple languages
The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidance on sports participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth sports games and scrimmages can resume June 24 or later for outdoor sports, and July 1 or later for indoor sports. The guidance seeks to balance the goals of minimizing disease transmission and allowing young people to engage in sports activities that have important physical, emotional, and social benefits. It also provides additional clarifications and recommendations for adult sports competitions this summer. View the new sports guidance and answers to frequently asked questions at Community Settings: COVID-19.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has community recommendations involving employers, assisted living facilities, schools and health care settings and large and small community events and gatherings.
- AARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups—also called “mutual aid” groups—help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe. Additionally, the AARP Community Connections site includes multiple resources to help those who are feeling isolated, depressed, overwhelmed or anxious and can request a friendly call from an AARP volunteer. Requests for a “friendly call” can be made through an online request form or by calling: 888-281-0145 (toll-free). Visit AARP.org/coronavirus for more information, tips, and helpful links. For local information, help, and connections to support, visit https://states.aarp.org/minnesota/health-food-help-coronavirus-covid-19-minnesota.