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Don’t miss our new blog.  2019 brought a lot of positive change  — including strategic planning and developing content for a new Pfund Website.  In the meantime, we will also upload previous blog posts from the archive as time permits.

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Talking Points: Variant COVID-19 Strain

Key messages We’re aware of and are tracking reports from around the world of the new variant first observed in the UK. It is unfortunate, but not surprising, to hear the latest news that it has now been detected in the U.S., with the first case here coming in Colorado. We have not detected the […]

Frequently Asked Questions | Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group gives the state recommendations for how to distribute the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine in a way that saves the most lives and puts us on a path to ending the crisis brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. The groups is made up of statewide […]

Stay Safe | Multiple Languages

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Holiday Safety | Multiple Languages

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Using at-home tests – “stop hoarding” effort

As of December 21, more than 342,000 tests have been requested through the COVID-19 At Home Test program, yet only 116,000 have been used and returned for processing. This leaves more than 226,000 unused tests, sitting in Minnesotans’ homes. Beginning December 18, Vault is emailing people who are holding onto an unused test, encouraging them […]

Executive Order 20-103 Key Requirements

Executive Order 20-103 began Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Requirements from EO 20-99 for businesses and organizations will remain in place unless noted below. Social Gathering ▪ Indoor social gatherings are limited to two households with no more than 10 people and social distancing between […]

Talking Points from 12/16/2020 Governor’s Annoucement

Prioritize Getting Kids Back in the Classroom: Kids being in school is an important public health priority. Schools play a critical role in the health, well-being, and education of Minnesota’s children. Based on Minnesota’s evolving understanding of the virus, young kids are believed to be less susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19. The state has […]

How COVID-19 Vaccines Are Made

The first COVID-19 vaccines have come out within a year of the COVID-19 virus being discovered. There are many questions about how a vaccine could be created so quickly. With help from the federal government, the process was able to happen faster and more efficiently. It is important to know that steps to check for […]

Let’s Talk! MDH Disability Unit and Community Partners Event

Come join a conversation about COVID-19 with the MDH Disability Unit and Community Partners The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Persons with Disabilities Unit will be hosting regular Zoom sessions in partnership with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD). At these sessions, MDH and others will give information on COVID-19-related efforts that impact […]

Community Testing Key Messages

Core Message: Testing is safe. Testing is open to all. Get tested and protect those you love. Testing Basics: Getting tested will help you protect yourself, your family and your community. You should get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you go to […]

Guide to Quarantine

Throughout this pandemic, we have heard varying information surrounding the best and safest ways to protect ourselves and each other to end the devastation of the novel Coronavirus. Guidelines have been updated as experts have tirelessly conducted research into the virus and the ways in which it spreads and incubates. One of the most important […]

Interfaith Clergy Offer a Pandemic Prayer

Statement from the Minnesota Council of Churches Since March we, the heads of communion and executives whose congregations and clergy represent over 1,000,000 Minnesotans of faith, have been in regular contact with each other. We face a deadly threat that thrives when we behave like everything is normal. We have shared the pressing concerns of […]

Do This, Not That!

Spread holiday cheer, not COVID-19. Consider some of these activities in place of the traditions that might have to take a break this year: Have a smaller  dinner with the people you live with, instead of hosting larger parties with friends and family this year. Going for a walk is the perfect way to get […]

Vaccine Planning and Distribution Key Messages

High level key messages There are three principles that will guide our distribution of the vaccine. Immunize for impact, and maximizing immediate health benefit, reduce death and serious illness, and minimize the harm created by COVID-19 Equitable distribution and access, making sure no procedural or structural issues impact access to the vaccine among any particular […]

Minnesota Guidance for Allocating and Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccine – Phase 1a

Introduction The emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has led to a global pandemic that has disrupted all sectors of society. The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Advisory Group, made up of statewide representatives of leading health care providers; bioethicists; state, local, and tribal public health representatives; health […]

Managing Your Health

Managing your health during COVID-19 Download the Flyer here Are you at risk? Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they come into contact with the virus. Some people are more likely than others to get very sick. As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. People of any age […]

Know Your Risk

Download the Flyer here Do you know your health risk? Many people with long-term health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or kidney disease don’t know they have them. These conditions could put you at greater risk for severe illness if you get COVID-19. Knowing if you are at risk […]

COVID-19 and Chronic Disease

COVID-19 and Chronic Disease Download the flyer here Know your risk for severe illnesses More than half of Minnesota adults have a health condition that puts them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, continue taking medications as directed and talk to your doctor about […]

COVIDaware MN Privacy Fact Sheet

COVIDaware MN How COVIDaware MN protects your privacy Download the Flyer here Together, we can slow the spread of COVID in Minnesota! COVIDaware MN uses COVID-19 exposure notification technology developed by Apple and Google in partnership with the nonprofit Pathcheck Foundation and the State of Minnesota. COVIDaware MN is designed to protect your privacy. The […]


COVIDaware MN Together, we can slow the spread of COVID in Minnesota! Download the FREE COVIDaware MN app The free COVIDaware MN app notifies you if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The app will also notify people you have been near if you have a positive COVID-19 test. Your privacy […]

Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD) Event

Let’s Talk! Come join a conversation about COVID-19 with the MDH Disability Unit and Community Partners Download the Flyer here The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Persons with Disabilities Unit will be hosting regular Zoom sessions in partnership with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD). At these sessions, MDH and others will give […]

Rental Assistance Fund Available

Rental Assistance Fund Available Resource video coming soon Download the Flyer in English here No Evictions Now. Currently there are two eviction bans in place: one is at the state level, and one is at the national level. Eviction Bans Will Expire. The national eviction ban ends Dec. 31, 2020. The state ban has been […]

COVID-19: testing and duration information

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Safe Winter Activities

It can seem increasingly difficult to be optimistic these days with Coronavirus cases skyrocketing in most areas of the country, as well as an endless cycle of news stories detailing the bleak and dismal days ahead. Winter is here (at least for much of the Upper Midwest) and it is time we spread not only […]

Free Delivery of Fruits & Vegetables | Ramsey County | BrightSide Produce

BrightSide Produce is recruiting families that live in Ramsey County to receive FREE home delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce bags will be delivered for ~10 weeks. There are limited spots available for this program, and families will be added in a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, text 612-559-6608 or email [email protected] with: […]

COVID-19 Facts | Case Investigation & Contact Tracing: How does it work?

How does case investigation and contact tracing (CICT) work? Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and labs report the names of people who test positive for COVID-19 to the Health Department. This is the same way they report otherwise infectious diseases. They also give the test results to the person who tested positive, and tell them what to […]

Herd Immunity: Some Talking Points

Herd immunity, also called herd effect, community immunity, population immunity, or social immunity is: This is when most people in a population or group are immune to a disease Being immune means they cannot get the disease. People who are immune cannot get the disease because either they got a vaccine, or they already had […]

Request for Community Video Testimonials | Project for the NRC-RIM Program

Program Background The University of Minnesota will establish a National Resource Center (NRC) for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (RIM). The NRC is trying to collect, develop and disseminate best practices, health communications / health education, training, and other resources for state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and health systems. Purpose of Videos The NRC-RIM […]

What to Do if You Have Had Close Contact With a Person With COVID-19

What to Do if You Have Had Close Contact With a Person With COVID-19 To protect yourself, your family, and your community, you must separate yourself from others, get tested and watch yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Follow […]

What to Do if You Have COVID-19

What to Do if You Have COVID-19 If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must separate yourself from others and watch yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. This is to protect yourself, your family, and your […]

Contact a COVID-19 Community Coordinator for Help

Contact a COVID-19 Community Coordinator for Help COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations contracted through the Minnesota Department of Health to connect communities to COVID-19 testing and resources. Are you someone who: Is looking for COVID-19 support in your native language? Needs help accessing resources such as housing and food support? Would like more […]

Emotional Freedom Technique

Download the EFT Tapping Guide with Tapping Points Graphics here Before you tap Wash your hands thoroughly Find a quiet place where you can express yourself freely Agree to take full responsibility for your own emotional health and wellbeing Next, acknowledge what’s wrong and measure the intensity Put a few words to what feels bad […]

Planning Funeral and Memorial Services during COVID-19

Download the Flyer in English here When a loved one dies, we all want to be able to honor their life safely. Funerals, memorial services, visitations, burial rites, and special meals or other gatherings have been important ways to grieve together. Unfortunately, whenever you gather with others, there is a risk of spreading COVID-19. It […]

Vote de manera segura: COVID 19 | Vote Safely

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#SpreadInfoNotCOVID Video Challenge for BIPOC Youth

#spreadinfonotcovid Keep Minnesota healthy and win $500! Submit your 30-60 second video message engaging young folks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The #spreadinfonotcovid video challenge encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and other young folks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Must be between the ages of 18-25 (on date […]

USDA Farmers to Families | Faith-Based Communities FAQ

WHAT IS FARMERS TO FAMILIES FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY? Faith-Based Community Farmers to Families is an expansive collaboration of organizations and churches mobilized to distribute USDA Farmers to Families food boxes of produce and poultry to families impacted by the pandemic crisis. To date over 3.5 million food boxes have been committed to this collaboration by approved […]

How to Stretch

Important Guidelines If you have questions about your ability to do any stretch, consult your physician. Warm up by walking in place for one minute before stretching. Be sure the area is clear to allow space to do the stretch. Before each stretch, relax and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. […]

Ghosts, Goblins, and a Global Pandemic | Fun and spooky ideas to enjoy a safe Halloween

Halloween is going to look a little different this year, but there are still safe ways to have a fun spooky season! Celebrate with your family by carving pumpkins, watching a scary movie, or decorating your space! If you or someone in your family is at higher risk from getting very sick from COVID-19, plan […]

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