Cultural and Faith Communities COVID-19 Update 6/9/20

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Cultural and Faith Communities Update on COVID-19

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Minnesota Department of Health

June 9, 2020

The Cultural and Faith Communities COVID-19 Update is being sent to the following three MDH mailing lists to reduce duplication:

  • Cultural and Faith Communities COVID-19 Updates
  • MN Immigrant and Refugee Health Announcements
  • The Center for Health Equity

Today's COVID-19 updates include:

Status of COVID-19 in Minnesota

Updated June 9, 2020

  • Total positive: 28,523 
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 24,221
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 360,991
  • Deaths: 1,217 
    o Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities: 968
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 3,441 
    o Hospitalized as of today: 455
    o Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 199

Numbers are cumulative since Jan. 20, 2020.

The number of lab-confirmed positive tests among Minnesota residents will be updated daily on Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with test results from the previous day. The page also includes a map of counties with confirmed cases, and more.

This total reflects only the results from laboratory testing. There are more cases in Minnesota, and the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help us flatten the case curve.

Governor has launched a public dashboard which includes race data of cases: Minnesota COVID-19 Public Dashboard.


Stay Safe Order

Governor Walz announced Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan beginning June 10. Customers and employees will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks and will be required to adhere to appropriate social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Occupancy rates will be limited based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people.

Starting June 10:

  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining at no more than 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing and requiring reservations.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50% while requiring reservations.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50%.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts can open at 25% capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25% capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums can open at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters can open at 25% capacity.

For more details, visit Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan or DEED: Safely Returning to Work.


MDH Video "COVID-19 Mask Do's and Don'ts" Now Available in Multiple Languages

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The MDH video "COVID-19 Mask Do's and Don'ts" is now available in seven languages:  ASL, English, Hmong, Oromo, Russian, Somali, and Spanish. 

Amharic, Chinese, Lao, and Vietnamese versions will be added soon.


Updated MDH Guidance and Resources

The guidelines below are also now available in 12 languages :


Updated CDC Guidance and Toolkit

  • CDC has created a CDC communication toolkit to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages.
  • CDC COVID guidance for refugee populations, community orgs/RAs, public health professionals, health care providers health care systems.

Community survey: How has COVID-19 impacted you?

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan’s Community Resiliency and Recovery Work Group would like to hear from Minnesota’s Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities to understand how COVID-19 is impacting you and how the state can better support you. Please consider sharing your story in our survey!

This information is critical for storytelling work to amplify our community’s voice and power. Please consider sharing your story through this survey. The survey is in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. 


Other Updates

Refugee and Immigrant briefing in Arabic on Friday, June 12

The Resettlement Programs Office at Department of Human Services is hosting a refugee and immigrant briefing with the Arabic speaking community Friday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m.  State leaders from Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Department of Employment and Economic Development will be sharing information regarding COVID 19 testing, distance learning and employment concerns and answering questions on the call. The call will be in Arabic with questions and answers in English and Arabic.  Please share with community members for whom this would be helpful.

Dial number: 415-655-0003

Access code:  146 540 0659

Pandemic EBT

Authorized under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, families in Minnesota receiving free or reduced priced school meals will now be eligible to receive additional benefits to purchase food as part of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program

Beginning June 8, 2020, caregivers can apply for assistance and get up to $325 per child to spend on groceries.

DHS, in partnership with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services will be hosting two informational calls on P-EBT on Thursday, June 11 at 10:00-10:30 a.m. and Friday, June 12 at 1:00-1:30 p.m.

If you have questions for the presenters, please email them in advance of the call to the community relations team at

Thursday, June 11 at 10-:00-10:30 a.m.

  • Join via Thursday EBT Webex (Event Password: xzSvbN3e2s3)
  • To join by phone only, dial 415-655-0003, and enter the passcode: 146 395 2093

Friday, June 12 at 1:00-1:30 p.m.

  • Join via Friday EBT Webex (Event password: bmWQSyD6Z2)
  • To join by phone only, dial 415-655-0003, and enter the passcode: 146 410 5801

Learn more about P-EBT program and apply.

COVID-19 and Communities of Color: Implications for Health Literacy - Webinar

When responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, health professionals, public officials, and community organizations can and should account for the fact that African American and Latinx communities are more likely to have lower levels of health literacy. Health literacy is important because it can increase an individual’s ability to take actions to manage their health and health care. It includes personal skills but also encompasses health systems, practitioners, messaging, communication channels, and contexts. Incorporating health literacy practices in prevention and care messages, communication channels, and clinician practice is one strategy to reduce the risk of exposure to the infection and impact of COVID-19.

This webinar will explore best or successful health literacy strategies that health professionals, community organizations, and individuals can use to promote health equity in communities of color, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is coinciding with nationwide public demonstrations against police violence towards Black people and other people of color.

The speakers will share observations from their work conducting street outreach in the recent months and explore opportunities for tailoring public health responses to specific communities, as well as systems changes to improve health literacy and protect the health of communities of color. A moderated discussion will follow.

Date and Time: June 10, 2020, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST 

Register for COVID - 19 Webinar

SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Meeting

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has developed an FAQ for the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. It includes additional information about benefit use, ordering options, participating vendors, and more.

You are also invited to a virtual webinar in which DHS will provide an overview of the pilot and address outstanding questions. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 11th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST 

Join SNAP Webex Meeting
Meeting number (access code): 146 125 5952
Meeting password: HqgZMcVQ685

Join by phone
Tap to call in from a mobile device (attendees only)
+1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
Global call-in numbers

Join from a video system or application
You can also dial and enter your meeting number.


Discrimination helpline

Discrimination Helpline

This helpline reinforces the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans. It allows those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

The creation of the Discrimination Helpline comes at a time when there's continued reports from Asian American community members who are experiencing heightened fear and backlash due to COVID-19. One of the disconcerting aspects of the COVID-19 crisis is the continued rise of xenophobia and racism. 

Every Minnesotan can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit the Discrimination Reporting online form. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interpreters are available. 

Translation services are available and information about the helpline is available in 17 different languages

Social media graphics about the helpline are available in 17 different languages.

COVID-19 Hotlines:

Interpreters available

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekend: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Minnesota Helpline:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekend: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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