COVID-19: LTC Visitation Guidance and Planning Guide for Schools

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Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

June 18, 2020

NEW: Long-term Care Visitation Guidance

The COVID-19 pandemic is serious and we know long-term care (LTC) residents are at greater risk. We understand the impacts on Minnesota LTC residents and their families. We continue to recognize how the effects of isolation can have serious impacts on the health and well-being of residents and know that visitor restrictions have been extremely challenging for all of us over these last several months.

We have been actively working on developing guidance that can give residents, families, and other friends or loved ones that connection once again. Outdoor visits can help give that connection at a time when it is needed most, especially when these visits are done in a safer way. We also released guidance for window visits earlier this week. The guidance is effective immediately, and we strongly encourage LTC facilities to follow and implement it.

For more guidance, recommendations, and resources, visit Long-term Care: COVID-19.

NEW: Planning Guide for Schools

We are working cosely with Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and determine how to keep Minnesota students, their families, and staff healthy. While it is too soon to determine how students will return to school this fall, MDE and MDH have developed guidance around three scenarios to help them plan for the 2020-2021 school year:
•    Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students
•    Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
•    Scenario 3: Distance learning only
School districts and charter schools must adhere to the health requirements and recommendations in the new guidance below as plans for each scenario are developed:

Decisions around the fall may change as we learn more about which scenario will be in the best interest of public health, and specifically the health and safety of our school communities.

For more information and updates, visit:

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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.

Minnesota Helpline

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic

651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.