Covid 19 Community Updates & Resources

In response to public health concerns around COVID-19, we will do our best to try and provide some local resources, opportunities and support for our community. Please check back regularly here for updates and changes. We look forward to hearing about creative ideas for the community to do safely so feel free to email us with suggestions! Thanks everyone and take care.

*Testing sites here:https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/index.jsp

Minnesota launches dashboard to track statewide COVID-19 vaccine

Data updated daily to reflect number of Minnesotans vaccinated against COVID-19

The Walz-Flanagan Administration on Tuesday launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution and administration across Minnesota.

Govenor Walz shares Phase 1a of Minnesota’s vaccination program

The Governor gave a COVID-19 vaccine briefing to the people of Minnesota and outlined the following principles that will guide the state’s distribution of the vaccine:

  • Immunize for impact: Maximize immediate health benefit, reduce death, and minimize the harm created by COVID-19 by starting with those most susceptible to serious complications and those who care for them.
  • Equitable distribution and access: Make sure no procedural or structural issues impact access to the vaccine among any particular group or population. We want people in every corner and every community in Minnesota to know they can trust the process, the safety, and the effectiveness of the vaccine.
  • Transparency: Share information as quickly as possible with Minnesotans.

This document outlines the specifics of the first phase—referred to as Phase 1a—of Minnesota’s vaccination program. Visit this site for more information related to vaccines.

Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Minnesota Black Community COVID-19 Hotline

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The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) are working together to help Minnesota’s Black community navigate available resources and services needed to cope with the Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Education, and Family & Culture impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MN Black Community COVID-19 Hotline is fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide callers with important info about where to find assistance for pandemic-related challenges and concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Virus testing sites
  • Support for virus protection measures (i.e. reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies)
  • Resources that support food security, physical & mental health
  • Employment opportunities and/or information about unemployment assistance
  • Info about housing and childcare services
  • Legal rights info and/or legal services

To get your COVID-19 questions and concerns answered today, call the hotline at 612-254-1145.

*Covid-19 MN Housing Assistance Program

*MN Dashboard here:http://www.minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/dashboard

*Student meal pick-up information during school closures due to COVID-19:
https://nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/meal_pickup_sites_covid-19_3_16_20.pdf

*Grants and RFP’s:http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/GrantsRFPs/index.htm

* City of Minneapolis COVID-19 e-newsletter. The City of Minneapolis sends out a formal COVID-19 e-newsletter every week. Please visit the City’s COVID-19 website to sign up. Past editions are also available to review here.

*Communications materials. Two helpful handouts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What to do if you are sick and How to clean and disinfect if someone is sick.

*Continue to donate homemade cloth face masks. There’s still time to donate homemade masks at your local fire station. Donated masks will be delivered to Minneapolis residents at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and the community organizations that serve them. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time. Find your local Minneapolis fire station. Need instructions for making a cloth mask? Learn more at Guidelines on making homemade masks (please disregard the April 25 donation drive end date listed on this site; Minneapolis fire stations will continue to collect donated masks through May 8). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings to help protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer from infecting others – especially in situations when we can spread the virus without having any symptoms.

*E-SNAP. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households that are not currently receiving the maximum benefit to receive additional SNAP benefits through a new, short-term program called Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will begin issuing the emergency supplements to qualifying households on April 28 and will continue throughout May on a staggered basis. People who qualify don’t have to take any action. Instead, the supplemental aid will be added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.Submit an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.

*City of Minneapolis makes additional changes to transportation network in response to pandemic. The City of Minneapolis is making additional updates to the public right-of-way in response to COVID-19, including adding more space for active recreation on streets and reducing the need for pedestrian push buttons at intersections. Starting April 29, the City will implement 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes to support more space for walking, biking and rolling while physical distancing. Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets. These local streets will generally be closed to thru traffic and calmed to allow for people to safely walk, bike, or roll in the street. Car access for residents will be retained. Additional details on Stay Healthy Streets are available on the City’s website.

*Minneapolis parks remain open but many amenities being modified or closed. Minneapolis park visitors have continued to congregate despite efforts to educate and encourage safe physical distancing. As a result, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announced it is modifying or closing more of its amenities for the health and safety of park visitors and the community. The following modifications and closures are expected to be complete by May 1: playgrounds, skate parks and athletic fields will be closed; tennis court nets removed; basketball court rims blocked or removed; volleyball nets will remain down and trail users need to remain 6 feet apart. As the weather warms, signage will soon be added at picnic areas to limit gatherings to 10 people or less and signage will be added to disc golf areas with physical distancing guidelines, similar to new guidelines at MPRB golf courses. Learn more about the changes.

*Starting 4/13 Metropolitan Council to transport essential health workers to care for patients across the region. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More info HERE.

*4/13 Update: Impact to Services from minneapolismn.gov

*4/8 What you need to know about Minnesota’s revised stay-at-home order.

*Gov. Walz unveils new state website, outlines state’s priorities in responding to Covid-19. HERE

* Update from MPRB about park events and summer programs HERE.

* Covid-19 Updates from the City of Saint Paul

* A list of resources for Households Impacted from Family Housing Fund.

*Minneapolis Public Schools Student Meal Pick Up Sites HERE.

* Signed 3/23/20 Executive Order by Gov. Walz to suspend evictions HERE.

* Signed 3/23/20 Executive Order by Gov. Walz on Small Business Loans HERE.

* Resources for Neighbors during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Provided by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) HERE.

* For announcements and community resources such as food shelf info, MPS school info, Metro transit, and emergency assistance from Minneapolis.gov click here.

* COVID-19 State Resource Document 3/16/2020 The following list is compiled from resources at DEED, MDE, DHS, MDH, DHS, MHFA, the Courts, and the Attorney General’s office. HERE.

* Notice from Comcast about Internet access increase and low-income internet service. HERE

* For Strategies to slow the spread of Covid-19 from the MN Dept of Health click here.

* Here is a link to the loan assistance program for small businesses in need of disaster relief. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

* Here is the link for employees who need to apply for unemployment benefits. Folks can call in to get translation, but encourage English speakers to use the online form to reserve phone lines for those who need them. 651-296-3644. https://www1.uimn.org/ui_applicant/applicant/login.do

* A list of businesses with unemployed workers you can support HERE. Updated 3/23/20

*3/22/20 Update from USPS on service HERE.

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