Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates: April 6, 2020

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April 6, 2020

Minnesota News and Outreach

Governor Walz delivered the 2020 State of the State Address on Sunday at 7 p.m. Below is an excerpt from the address that details the importance of #StayHomeMN.

"Minnesotans are hardworking people, who when the time comes, they step into the fight. In many storms, that means plowing out your neighborhood, filling sandbags, or trudging through the snow to check on a loved one, but now it means staying home. What you are doing isn’t paralysis—it’s action. Staying home reduces face-to-face contact and thus the threat of virus transmission by up to 80%. Staying home is the only vaccine we have right now. You are slowing the spread of this disease. You are protecting your neighbors. You are giving hospitals time to prepare to care for the many who will fall ill. You are making a difference, and you are certainly saving lives."

Watch the full address: Governor Walz's 2020 State of the State Address (YouTube).

Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan launched a Discrimination Helpline today to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toll-free helpline will allow those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. For more information, visit Minnesota Department of Human Rights: Discrimination Helpline.

Discrimination Helpline
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MDH Materials

We are adding new videos, print materials, and translated documents often. Check out the pages below to view, download, or print these resources.

COVID-19 translated materials

Materials and Resources for COVID-19 Response

Videos for COVID-19 Response

The situation is changing rapidly. Visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the most up-to-date information and follow MDH on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to stay informed.

What's New

Guidance on Wearing Cloth Face Coverings

The federal government has issued some new guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

CDC: Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

For a list of important things to keep in mind with this recommendation, visit Protecting Yourself and Your Family.

cloth face covering

Can we go to our cabin during the stay a home order?

Going to your cabin during the stay at home order can actually spread COVID-19 to other parts of the state and overwhelm the hospitals, emergency services, grocery stores, etc. of our rural communities. Please stay home, Minnesota!

Can we go to our cabin during the stay at home order

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Questions about COVID-19?

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schools and child care questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.