If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services, dial 2-1-1, 651-291-0211 or 1-800-543-7709 or Text ‘MNCOVID’ to 898211 and a Certified Community Resource Specialist will help to locate available resources in your area.
In response to COVID-19, many organizations have made changes to their in-person availability. These changes happen frequently, sometimes on a hour-by-hour basis. As a result, some of the information may be out-of-date. We suggest calling ahead before attempting to visit any in-person resource.
PLEASE NOTE: Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 does not provide direct financial assistance. We are an Information & Referral service connecting people to resources in the state of Minnesota.
The COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it effects people. For the most accurate and timely information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, Minnesota Department of Health’s website or monitor these social media channels. This page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible.
If you are looking for guidance about how to respond as a school administrator, non-profit or faith-based organization staff member, business owner, or event planner, the CDC has provided detailed information for different sectors here. Information and resources for Minnesota homeless providers and advocates can be found here.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.
MINNESOTA COVID-19 TESTING SITES
The State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 website now has a webpage dedicated to ‘If You Are Sick‘ and contains information on what the symptoms are of COVID-19 and what you should do if you’re sick, and a screening tool to determine if you should get tested, and find a testing location near you.
MINNESOTA CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HOTLINES:
- CLUES-Comunidades Latinas En Servicio COVID-19 Hotline: Call or text (651)768-0000 8:30 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday. Provides information about COVID-19 resources, how CLUES programs and services are being affected, and what additional community resources are available.
- Minnesota Attorney General’s Office: Call or submit an online complaint form to report COVID-19 fraud (651)296-3353 or (800)657-3787 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline for Community Mitigation (Schools, Child Care, Business) Questions: Call (651)297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline for Health and Testing Questions: Call (651)297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline for Housing Questions: Single Family Residences: (651)296-8125 or Multi-Family Residences: (651)297-4455 8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday
- Minnesota Department of Health WIC Office: WIC Agency directory with COVID-19 specific information
- Minnesota Department of Human Rights Discrimination Helpline: Call (833)454-0148 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday or Report Online. Translation/interpretation services available.
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety Stay At Home Order Concerns: (651)793-3746 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) click here. Provides more information regarding direct payments to Americans, Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and loans through the Small Business Administration
Child Care and After School Care click here. More information and direct links regarding child care for families of emergency or essential workers, the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline for Community Mitigation (Schools, Child Care, Business), Parent Aware of Minnesota, YMCA, resources specific for Benton, Stearns, and Olmsted counties and youth specific resources from the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
City and County Operational Changes click here More information specific to Anoka, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties
Donations and Volunteer Opportunities click here More information on blood, food and material goods, monetary donations, and volunteer opportunities
Donations and Requests Matching Services click here Matching services that link people with donations to people who need them
Employment Opportunities and Information click here Direct links to a variety of employment opportunities including state specific opportunities through DEED
Eviction Assistance and Resources click here Information regarding the Minnesota Eviction Moratorium Phaseout
FAQs click here Provides answers to frequently asked questions, links to multiple languages and the State of Minnesota Corona Disease Dashboard
Financial Assistance – Artists click here Direct links to organizations providing fund and grant opportunities available to a variety of artist disciplines
Financial Assistance – Businesses click here More information and direct links for resources for Hennepin, Olmsted and Ramsey counties, as well as statewide resources such as the Small Business Administration
Financial Assistance – Individuals and Families click here More information and direct links for the Minneapolis Gap and Saint Paul Bridge Fund grants, and additional statewide resources
Financial Assistance – Veteran/Military and Their Families click here More information and direct links for State of Minnesota – COVID-19 Special Needs Grants for Veterans, and many other resources
Free Food Distribution and Meals click here Find links for statewide resources including Free Meals for Kids mobile app, Hunger Solutions Food Pantry Locator and Meals for Kids, and Lutheran Social Services. Also included are free meal resources for students, children, seniors, and families in the Twin Cities metro area, central, northern, and southern Minnesota
Grocery, Cleaning, Personal Care, Pet Care, and Pharmacies click here Find information and direct links for delivery services, stores, pet food and supplies, pharmacies, and Farmer’s Markets
Homeless Providers and Advocates – Information and Resources click here Information and links to resources specific to providers and advocates for Minnesota’s homeless population
In Home Assistance click here Find information and direct links to metro and statewide resources such as the Senior Linkage Line and Disability Hub MN and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s ‘COVID-19 Help Team’
Law Enforcement/Legal Resources click here Find information and direct links to the Better Business Bureau, Minnesota Attorney General, and Office of Inspector General to report scams, price-gouging, and fraud schemes. LawHelpMN offers more information on how Minnesota courts are handling court cases. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers a phone and email for citizens to report a concern regarding the Stay At Home order
Mask Up Minnesota Order click here Find information related to Governor Walzs’ Executive Order mandating Minnesotan’s wear face masks beginning Saturday, July 25, 2020
Mental Health resources click here Find information and direct links to adult and children mental health crisis response, national crisis hotlines, online resources, warmlines and telemedicine
Minnesota Department of Health News Releases and Announcements click here Find information and links for situational updates, materials and resources in multiple languages, travelers, and general guidance related to health care, schools and child care, businesses and employers, and first responders. Minnesota Department of Health guidance on facemasks.
Miscellaneous Minnesota Statewide COVID-19 Information, Materials, and Resources click here: More information on Governor Walz Executive Orders, statewide hotlines, housing, MNsure, Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Human Services waiver information, Minnesota Department of Revenue, State of Minnesota COVID-19 website, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and information related to Farmers/Ranchers/Agriculture
National COVID-19 Information, Materials and Resources click here Information and links to the Centers for Disease Control, FMLA, HUD, Social Security and SNAP/Food Stamps
PPE Equipment – Donations, Volunteer Opportunities and Requests click here
Public and Charter Schools Information and Resources click here: Find information on school meal sites and free meal resources for students across Minnesota, a link to all Minnesota school districts and individual public and charter school websites, Free Meals for Kids mobile app, and Hunger Solutions Meals for Kids
Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities Resources click here Direct links to statewide resources such as the Senior Linkage Line, Disability Hub MN, Community Healthcare Services, and HelpOlderAdultsMN
Stay Safe Minnesota Order (previously Stay at Home Mandate) click here Information and FAQs related to Governor Walzs’ Executive Order directing Minnesotans to ‘stay at home’
Testing, Screening and Telemedicine Locations and Information click here: More information and direct links regarding testing availability and costs, Mayo Clinic Drive-thru and Apple website and app screening, telemedicine symptom assessment resources, and COVID-19 Near You (Mapping to help citizens and public health agencies identify current and potential hotspots for the pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging everyone to use the site and answer, whether they’re healthy or have symptoms.)
Transportation Resources click here More information and direct links for Twin Cities metro area and statewide resources including Metro Mobility, Metro Transit and Transit Link, Minnesota Valley Transit, Rochester Public Transit, Southwest Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation ‘What you need to know’, Driver and Vehicle Services information and links
Unemployment Benefits and Resources click here More information and direct links to apply on-line for all Minnesotans. Specific information related to when to apply for benefits based on the last digit of your Social Security number and for the Appeals Process.
Utilities and Telecommunications click here More information and direct links to Minnesota providers regarding free and low-cost options, WiFi services, and pledges from providers to not disconnect or suspend services to customers. Direct link to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Vaccine Information click here Information from the Minnesota Department of Health related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Virtual Learning and Technology Assistance click here Programs that bridge the technology gap for residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19 and made available through the CARES Act funding
Mental Health and Crisis Resources
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Visit this CDC page to learn more about things you can do to support yourself and your loved ones. If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for free 24/7:
- Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Text HOME to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line
- Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746 for the Disaster Distress Hotline
- Call 1-800-488-7386, text START to 678-678 or click here to chat with The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth)
- Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22-522 to connect with The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks When it is appropriate to wear an alternative facemask, design principles/examples and washing information
What is this Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published this video which helps answer many common questions about the origin and spread of the virus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Because of the similarity to flu symptoms, the CDC is recommending that people who have recently traveled or been in contact with someone who has recently traveled outside of the U.S. and starts experiencing these symptoms to contact a health professional for guidance.
What should I do if I or someone I care for is sick?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, are over the age of 60, or have an underlying medical condition like heart, lung, or kidney disease, and develop a fever and syptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. If you are young, otherwise healthy, and have not been in contact with someone who have COVID-19 or recently traveled to a country with a high rate of COVID-19, stay home and treat your symptoms as you would with a common cold.
More information from the CDC here.
Is COVID-19 fatal?
While people have died from COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, the majority of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 do recover. The virus appears to only be severe if it reaches the lungs and remains untreated. Most otherwise healthy people can recovery from COVID-19 at home.
Are there confirmed COVID-19 cases in my community?
The CDC has made a map available to the public with information about confirmed COVID-19 cases by state. For specific information about confirmed cases in the State of Minnesota, click here. Regardless of whether there is an active outbreak in your community, you should wash your hand thoroughly, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and stay home if experiencing cold or flu symptoms when at all possible.
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
Older adults and people who have severe chornic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.
There is not currently information from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reportd from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. There is an ongoing invesitgation to determine more about this outbreak.
More information about risk from the CDC available here.
How does the virus spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest) but some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
More information about transmission from the CDC here.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. If you have a trip planned, check the CDC’s site for a risk assessment of your destination and follow guidance provided about self-quarantining upon return. If you travel, take the same precautions you would while home to avoid getting sick or spreading germs including washing your hands thoroughly and often and avoiding contact with sick people. If you are returning or have returned from traveling abroad, visit the State Department’s website detailing requirements by origin country.
I saw an ad for a vaccine – are vaccines available for COVID-19?
Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 – online or in stores.
How can I help?
The most helpful thing people can do is take extra precautions to avoid spreading germs. This includes thoroughly washing hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds, disinfecting common surfaces, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, avoid unnecessary contact such as shaking hands or giving high-fives, and staying home and away from others if sick. If you want to donate, identify and give locally to food pantries, shelters, and other basic needs organizations that might be seeing an increase in demand from people who need help.
How to prepare your home for coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don’t panic — but do prepare.
Is the flu shot helpful with Coronavirus symptoms?
No, there is no cross-protection whatsoever between the flu vaccine and coronavirus. It is recommended to get the flu vaccine, even yet, because the flu season is still marching on.
How should I prepare?
It is a good idea to stock up on essential medication, supplies and non-perishable food. The first thing everyone should do is talk to your loved ones and make a plan.
What are they going to do if they get ill? Who will they call? How will they access the medical care system? Who is watching out for grandma?. Develop communication plans that include checking on people every day.
Where can I go for help planning?
The University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has resources available online to help people, businesses and healthcare providers plan for the Coronavirus.
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