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COVID-19 Variants

By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group We’re now at the halfway point of summer in Minnesota and while current case rates are low, we here at PFund Foundation have been hearing a lot about delta and other variants of the coronavirus lately. With so much information circulating about variants, it can […]

Twin Cities Pride – Vaccine Guide

By By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Twin Cities Pride is traditionally an anchor of the summer season, a month-long party that culminates in the festival at Loring Park, the Pride march, and related concerts, dance parties, and other events around the cities.  For 2020, Pride was suspended as we were […]

Free COVID-19 vaccines | June 17 | Salvation Army

Download the flyer here Free COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson THURSDAY, JUNE 17 SALVATION ARMY 1604 EAST LAKE ST. 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Walk-ins welcome No health insurance or ID required Family groups are encouraged Adults 18 and older

Free COVID-19 vaccines | June 12, 19 and 26 | Park Ave Methodist Church

Download the flyer here Free COVID-19 vaccines EVERY SATURDAY June 12, 19 and 26 PARK AVE METHODIST CHURCH 3400 Park Ave. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Walk-ins welcome No health insurance or ID required Family groups are encouraged Adults 18 and older

Free COVID-19 vaccines | June 10, 17 and 24 | Davis Center

Download the flyer here Free COVID-19 vaccines EVERY THURSDAY June 10, 17 and 24 DAVIS CENTER 1250 West Broadway Ave. 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Walk-ins welcome No health insurance or ID required Family groups are encouraged Adults 18 and older

Request For Proposals | Opioid Youth Prevention Work

Request for Proposals Opioid Youth Prevention Work June 7, 2021 Proposals Due by: 12 p.m.  June 28, 2021   June 7, 2021 To prospective applicants, Attached is a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Minneapolis community-based non-profit organizations to apply for funding to implement and/or expand current youth-oriented opioid prevention programs. Through this application process, the […]

Free COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Clinics

Minneapolis Health Department Vaccination clinics You can get a free COVID-19 vaccine at a Minneapolis Health Department clinic. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment No health insurance or ID required Ages 18 and older for All clinics will have Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West […]

PFIZER VACCINE EVENT | Friday, June 18th, 2021

Download the flyer here PFIZER VACCINE Masjid Ar-Rahim 5820 74th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 FIRST DOSE: JUNE 18, 2021 SECOND DOSE: JULY 9, 2021 2:00 – 6:00 PM   Open to 12 years and older No Insurance needed Families are encouraged   To schedule, please call our hotline: Somali: 612-254-7308 Oromo: 763-312-6362 Spanish: […]

PFIZER VACCINE EVENT | Thursday, June 17th, 2021

WALK-IN CLINIC Download the flyer here OPEN TO ANYONE 12+ @ LITTLE EARTH GYMNASIUM 2501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 THURSDAY, JUNE 17TH | 4 – 7 PM 1ST & 2ND DOSE AVAILABLE SECOND DOSE: JULY 8TH NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED A parent or guardian is needed to provide consent for minors under the age […]

Your Shot to Summer

The State of Minnesota has launched ‘Your Shot to Summer,’ a COVID-19 vaccine incentive campaign encouraging Minnesotans to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine during the next month. The first 100,000 Minnesotans who get their first shot from May 27 through June 30 will be able to choose the incentive of their […]

Vaccination Mobile Bus Popup Clinic – Midtown Farmer’s Market | June 5, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic The Minnesota Community Vaccination Program June 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Midtown Farmer’s Market 3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Walk-up appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (single dose) available to all Minnesotans ages 18+. Walk-ups are welcome on June 5 from 9 am – 1 pm […]

Vaccination Mobile Bus Popup Clinic – Mercado Central | June 5, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic The Minnesota Community Vaccination Program June 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mercado Central 1515 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Walk-up appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (single dose) available to all Minnesotans ages 18+. Walk-ups are welcome on June 5 from 9 am – 1 pm […]

Vaccination Mobile Bus Popup Clinic – Hilltop City Hall | June 4, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic The Minnesota Community Vaccination Program June 4, 2021, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hilltop City Hall 4555 Jackson Street NE. Minneapolis, MN 55421 Walk-up appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (single dose) available to all Minnesotans ages 18+. Walk-ups are welcome on June 4 from 2 pm – 8 […]

Vaccination Mobile Bus Popup Clinic – Powderhorn | June 4, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic The Minnesota Community Vaccination Program June 4, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association 821 E 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Walk-up appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (single dose) available to all Minnesotans ages 18+. Walk-ups are welcome on June 4 from 10 am – […]

Supporting LGBTQ College Students

By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Commencement season now in full swing, many college students have either completed their classes for the year or have graduated. While it is still a time of celebration and recognition of the work completed to get a degree, in 2021 it’s impossible to ignore that […]

Mental Health Pocket Guide

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. It is easy to ignore the body indicators of poor mental well-being – consistent tense neck, poor sleep, and feeling irritable are some cues. Take time to focus on what your body is telling you. The COVID-19 Wellness […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Event at Rainbow Health in St. Paul | Thursday 5/20/2021

Gain immunity with your community! Call 612-254-0116 to register. Walk-ins welcome. Transportation is available.  Dose 1: May 20th Dose 2: June 17th OR Dose 1: June 24th Dose 2: July 22nd 3:00-7:00 p.m. 2577 W Territorial Road

Ways to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

5/11/2021 COVID-19 vaccine is now more widely available. There are many options for places to get a vaccine. Here are some different ways to find a COVID-19 vaccine. Where to look Sign up for an appointment at a state community vaccination site: Vaccine Connector (vaccineconnector.mn.gov). Or walk in! The state community vaccination sites are now […]

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for People Under 18 Years Old

5/13/2021 At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use by people ages 12-17 years old. Data from Pfizer vaccine studies show the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group. Other vaccine manufacturers are also studying their vaccines in younger age groups […]

COVID-19 Stay Safe This Summer

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State announces partnership with health plans to improve COVID-19 vaccine equity

Partnership will leverage existing work to expand access to vaccines for those most impacted by COVID-19 The State of Minnesota is partnering with Minnesota health plans to improve COVID-19 vaccine equity and access. Starting next week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will work with private health plans […]

Following New CDC Guidance, Governor Walz Announces End to Statewide Face Covering Requirement

Minnesota will align with CDC guidance and recommend unvaccinated Minnesotans continue to wear face coverings indoors May 13, 2021 [ST. PAUL, MN] — Governor Tim Walz today announced the end of Minnesota’s statewide mask requirement, aligning Minnesota with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on face coverings. Minnesotans who are not fully […]

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Minnesota Families!

‘Roll Up Your Sleeves, Minnesota Families’ week will begin Tuesday, May 18, and will extend through Saturday, May 22. During this week, 12-15-year-olds and their families are being prioritized for shots at the state’s community vaccination site at Mall of America. Families are encouraged to walk in or schedule an appointment next week at Mall […]

Pandemic Movie Club

By By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Trailer Link One of the things I miss during the pandemic is being able to go see a movie in theaters with friends, especially if we were able to grab a drink or dinner afterwards to argue about if the film was any good. […]

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine!

Minnesotans age 16 and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. All three vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – protect you from COVID-19. (Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for people ages 16-17.) It takes two weeks after your final dose for your body to build up protection. To get your shot, contact […]

Importance of Second Dose

Minnesota Department of Health’s Infectious Disease Director, Kris Ehresmann, reminds Minnesotans of the importance of getting your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/index.html for more information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Governor Walz Announces Timeline to End State COVID-19 Restrictions

Capacity restrictions to end on May 28, masking requirement to end by July 1 May 6, 2021 [ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide masking requirement once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older get […]

Key Messages on Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Top-line messages: On April 23, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to review vaccine safety data on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They voted to resume using the vaccine for all adults. The use of the vaccine was paused on April 13 after some cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot were […]

COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Unit Project

Key Messages 4/20/2021 Who: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Metro Transit, the Metropolitan Council, and Minnesota Department of Transportation are partnering to bring mobile vaccination units to communities throughout the state of Minnesota. This provides an opportunity to create a more equitable distribution of vaccines, prioritize vulnerable […]

Messages on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause for Communities

Overall We recognize the questions and concerns about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause. The blood clot events reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are very rare, but health officials wanted to pause and make sure doctors and others know to look out for even such a rare occurrence and how to treat it […]

Sign Up for Your Free COVID-19 Vaccine | MN State Fair Grounds

Appointments available April 14, 2021 – June 9, 2021 Minnesota State Fair Grounds 1680 Como Ave., Falcon Heights Appointments are available to Minnesotans ages 16-plus who live in the following ZIP codes: Hennepin County 55343, 55344, 55369, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55414, 55415, 55418, 55420, 55422, 55423, 55425, 55426, 55427, […]

COVID-19 Impact on Employment and the Business Community

By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Last month, PFund held a Facebook Live event to discuss homelessness and COVID-19. Thank you to everyone who came, you can find a video of the event here if you were unable to join us live. The affordable housing crisis in America, made worse by […]

Staying Safer during Ramadan 2021

Requirements and Recommendations to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 While Observing Ramadan Ramadan in 2021 will again require Muslim families and friends to adjust their social and religious gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, just as they did successfully in 2020. Restrictions in Minnesota are fewer this year than last year, but people still […]

Sign Up for Your Free COVID-19 Vaccine

Sign Up for Your Free COVID-19 Vaccine through the Minnesota Community Vaccination Program Appointments available April 14, 2021 – June 9, 2021 Minnesota State Fair Grounds 1680 Como Ave, Falcon Heights Appointments are available to Minnesotans 16+ who live in the following zip codes: Hennepin County 55343, 55344, 55369, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, […]

Ramadan and Vaccination Talking Points

▪ Minnesotan Imams say you can get your COVID-19 vaccine while you are fasting. It does not have any nutritional value, therefore it will not invalidate or break the fasting. ▪ The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain pork products, gelatin, animal products, or the live COVID-19 virus. ▪ When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, you […]

Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Receives Second Vaccine Dose

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan yesterday received her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through White Earth Nation’s urban office. “When I received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine at the White Earth Urban Office, I held my brother Ron’s pocket watch to honor his memory and all those we […]

Ask Nurse Alice: COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Settings

By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to have my own public-health and healthcare expert just a phone call away: Nurse Alice, aka my mother. Nurse Alice retired in 2019, but was a registered nurse and worked for decades in public health, elder and […]

Announcing: The Richard L. Long Scholarship

PFund Foundation is thrilled to announce a new scholarship for 2021 scholarship cycle–the Richard L. Long Scholarship! This award will be granted to a student (ages 17-24) who face barriers to achieving their academic dreams. Aimed at increasing funding for students who may not have access to financial aid or support, the recipient of the […]

Ask Nurse Alice: Vaccination Basics and COVID-19

By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to have my own public-health and healthcare expert just a phone call away: Nurse Alice, aka my mother. Nurse Alice retired in 2019, but was a registered nurse and worked for decades in public health, elder and […]

Contact a COVID-19 Community Coordinator

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 COVID-19 information? CCCs can provide help in […]

COVID-19 Community Coordinators Hotlines

COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations contracted through the State of Minnesota to connect communities to COVID-19 testing and resources. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health web page, COVID-19 Community Coordinators: https://www.health.state.mn.us/ccc African American Community Phyllis Wheatley CommunityCenter | 612-254-1145 Cultural Wellness Center | 612-249-9528 Stairstep Foundation | 612-254-1228 (Metro) | […]

March 12 Announcement: Overcoming COVID-19

One year ago we embarked on what would become perhaps the most difficult year in history: thousands lost to COVID-19; a virus that closed schools and businesses; a global pandemic that made us give up so much to keep each other safe. But every long, dark, cold winter comes to an end. And so, too, […]

LGBTQ Homelessness and COVID-19

We are now a year into the pandemic, with over a half-million Americans who have passed away due to the disease. At the start of March 2020, while the world was beginning to see the early stages of the pandemic, business was proceeding pretty much as usual. The NBA playoffs were in full swing and […]

COVID Vaccine Facts

The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You can get the vaccine no matter if you have insurance or what your immigration status is. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe. It has gone through all the same safety steps of any other vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine works. The vaccine is very good at protecting people from COVID-19 disease. […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Eligibility Expansion

How were qualifying medical conditions chosen? The list of underlying medical conditions for the next eligibility groups was adapted from conditions listed on CDC’s People with Certain Medical Conditions. Minnesota’s list includes recommendations from Minnesota’s health care providers. The list is based on current information and research for conditions that are known to put people […]

Vaccine Eligibility Expansion

Vaccine Eligibility Expansion Minnesotans from every corner of our state have banded together with us in our ongoing efforts to protect Minnesotans at heightened risk for COVID-19. Until now, we have asked most Minnesotans to wait patiently for their vaccine dose while we provided shots to at least 70% of our seniors. This week, we […]

Who’s Getting Vaccinated?

Who can get their vaccine now? Minnesotans aged 65 or older Health care workers at health care facilities in Minnesota Long-term care residents and staff members at long-term care facilities in Minnesota Pre-kindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff members, or contracted school staff members, at schools in Minnesota Child care staff members […]

COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCCs)

COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations contracted through the State of Minnesota to connect communities to COVID-19 testing and resources. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health web page, COVID-19 Community Coordinators: https://www.health.state.mn.us/ccc African American Community Phyllis Wheatley Community Center – 612-254-1145 Cultural Wellness Center 612-249-9528 Stairstep Foundation 612-254-1228 (Metro) 320-270-6436 (St […]

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector: Key Messages

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector: Key Messages WHAT IT IS: The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. When Minnesotans become eligible, the Vaccine Connector will: alert them of their eligibility; connect them to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and notify […]

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Frequently Asked Questions

Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector | Frequently Asked Questions   Who can sign up for the Vaccine Connector? Do I need to be eligible for a vaccine to sign up? All Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated should sign up, no matter their current eligibility status. Should I sign up if I have already been […]

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 COVID-19 information? CCCs can provide help in […]

Vaccine Connector

Get Connected to Your COVID-19 Vaccine! mn.gov/vaccineconnector Download the flyer here. Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector: The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps you find out when, where, and how to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Insurance and identification are not needed, and signing up is free. When you become eligible to get the […]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams

How to tell if it is a scam: They ask for your personal or credit card information- The Minnesota Department of Health and health care providers will never contact you and ask for your credit card, bank account, or Social Security number in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They offer to sell you the […]

Executive Director Announcement

The PFund Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Aaron Zimmerman, CFRE will be our Executive Director. For the past 4 months, Aaron has diligently served as our Interim Executive Director and prior as the Director of Development. After significant deliberation, we believe continuity, organizational knowledge, and strong relationships are critical to PFund […]

Refugee and Immigrant COVID-19 Help Line

651-318-0989 Download the flyer here. Get answers Get answers about COVID-19 and resources in your own language, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get help COVID-19 testing Quarantine support Online school Employment Basic needs Supported by Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office

COVID-19 | Weekly Somali Community Forum

Join Somali health professionals and religious leaders to get answers to your questions around COVID-19 and the new vaccines. Download the flyer here. BROADCASTED LIVE ON: Somali TV Xogmaal Media Kaly Radio Feb 7th, 3:30pm – 5pm Feb 14th, 3:30pm – 5pm Feb 21st, 3:30pm – 5pm Feb 28th, 3:30pm – 5pm

Vaccine Talking Points

February 1 Announcement Today, we are providing more doses to people who need the vaccine and making it easier for those people to find out where to get their shot. With an increased vaccine supply and after a successful two-week pilot to test the concept of community vaccination clinics, Governor Walz is building on Minnesota’s […]

Governor Walz Makes More than 35,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Available for Minnesota Seniors this Week, Launches Statewide Vaccine Finder Detailing Vaccine Opportunities

Governor Walz Makes More than 35,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Available for Minnesota Seniors this Week, Launches Statewide Vaccine Finder Detailing Vaccine Opportunities Seniors will be able to get vaccinated through local providers in communities near where they live. Two large-scale, permanent state community vaccination sites also launching this week in Minneapolis and Duluth, with another […]

Community-Led Messaging for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

A 3-hour guide to building a custom communications campaign to engage your refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities in COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. Download the interactive guidebook here.

TPT NOW COVID Vaccine Media Advisory

Partner & Media Advisory TPT|NOW provides COVID-19 vaccine information to African American (Black), Hmong, Latinx, Indigenous and Somali Communities Download the flyer here WHAT: TPT|NOW and five cultural media partners, the MN Department of Health and Wellshare International are producing five culturally specific “top questions/answers” and 30-minute broadcast programs: COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Community: What […]

Support Immigrant & Refugee Families (Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021)

Download the flyer here Join us in a conversation and information sharing session as we: Reflect on what was accomplished in 2020 regarding Ramsey County’s wrap around services programs to support immigrant families. Plan for 2021 funding opportunities to provide education, outreach, resource connections, referrals and other supports to immigrant families. If you are interested […]

Questions and Answers: COVID-19 Vaccines for School and Child Care Staff

When can school and child care staff expect to start getting vaccinated? On January 18, 2021, Minnesota launched a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program, partnering with local public health and school districts to initially serve adults 65 years of age or older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff and child care workers. […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program: Child Care Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that Phase 1b priority groups for COVID-19 verification includes education, including teachers and support staff members as well as child care workers. As Minnesota continues to prioritize healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff in Phase 1a for COVID-19 vaccination, […]

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

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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