Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities Update on COVID-19- July 23

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Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities Update on COVID-19

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Minnesota Department of Health

July 23, 2020

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

  • Cultural, Faith, and Disability 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 July 23, 2020

  • Total positive: 48,721
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 42,524
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 905,315
  • Deaths: 1,561
    o Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities: 1,198
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 4,818
    o Hospitalized as of today: 282
    o Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 107

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.

MDH Resources

Stay Safe MN PSA is now available in 8 additional languages; Spanish , HmongVietnameseLaoKaren

  • Oromo, Arabic, and Somali PSAs coming soon.
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Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

For more information about face coverings and the Executive Order, please see the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.

Please visit Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81 for more information.

Free COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Community Testing in Shakopee, MN

WHEN: Friday, July 24; 2:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Canterbury Park - 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379

(Enter via Barenscheer Boulevard entrance off of Canterbury Road to enter Canterbury Park/Expo Center parking lot)

WHO: Open to everyone; Symptoms or no symptoms; FREE - no insurance needed

HOW: Drive-up during the event to register on site or pre-register for an appointment at Shakopee Community COVID-19 Testing so you don’t have to wait in line. (Registration site is in English, Somali, and Spanish)

For details visit COVID-19 Community Testing: Shakopee (MDH).

COVID-19 Community Testing in Iron Range


  • Tuesday, July 28, noon to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: St. Louis County Fair Ground - 1010 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719

WHO: Open to everyone; Symptoms or no symptoms; FREE - no insurance or identification needed

HOW: For convenience, you are encouraged to pre-register. This will give you a specific time slot and minimize time waiting in line. You can register online at COVID-19 Community Testing: St. Louis County (MDH). There also is a link to register at Coronavirus Information on the Saint Louis County website.

You will be allowed to drive up without an appointment, but those who have not pre-registered may have to wait or be directed to come back later. Anyone who is unable to sign up online, or who needs a translator, can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

To learn more, or to register, visit COVID-19 Community Testing: St. Louis County (MDH).

Updated MDH Guidance

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:

  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.


  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.


  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

Important Announcements

Minnesota Council on Disability #MaskUp Statement

In an effort to keep Minnesotans safe from COVID-19, the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) urges you to #MaskUpMN. Our disability community is of particularly high risk for becoming infected and having serious health complications due to underlying medical conditions. Numerous factors increase our community's risk of becoming infected including: 

  • People who rely on caregiver support and cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members.
  • People who live in congregate care settings, such as adult foster care and group home settings.
  • People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing.
  • People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness.

We can and must all do our part to protect our neighbors from the spread of the virus. 

MCD supports a statewide mandatory mask policy to protect Minnesotans with disabilities. This crisis is far from over and we cannot let our guard down in this pivotal moment. MCD urges you to act with compassion by wearing a mask in public indoor spaces.

Other Updates

Center of Excellence in Refugee Health Webinar Series

Community Solutions during COVID-19: Effective partnership and communication strategies with refugee & immigrant communities

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

2-3 p.m. ET | 1-2 p.m. CT | 12-1 p.m. MT | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT

Register now: Community Solutions during COVID-19: Effective partnership and communication strategies with refugee and immigrant communities

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify two to three challenges faced by refugee/immigrant communities
  • Describe one to two partnership strategies undertaken by these community representatives
  • Describe at least two preferred communication strategies identified by refugees and immigrants



    CEO; Briva Health (organization reducing health care disparity in Minnesota)

    Vice chair; MNSure Health Industry Board Advisory Committee

    Clinical research assistant; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Mental Health First Aid instructor; Nepali interpreter

    Community organizer

    Care navigator, multilingual refugee intake and scheduling specialist;  Denver Health and Hospital Authority's Refugee Clinic

    Community liaison for refugees and immigrants and City Denver

Telemedicine Training Available for Families Who Receive EIDBI

Introduction to Telemedicine for Families is an optional recorded training session focused on supporting families who are new to using telemedicine to receive Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention services for their children. In this training, we discuss:

  • What telemedicine is—working with your child's provider through video conferencing (e.g., Zoom or Skype) to receive EIDBI services

  • Required technology

  • How to prepare for sessions

  • Programming

  • How to help center sessions around your child and family.

Day Services Open for all People with Disabilities 

More people with disabilities are now able to return to programs that support employment and social activities under new guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Individuals who live in group homes and other congregate care settings have from Monday, July 13 been able to attend day services programs. Providers are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place to protect service participants and staff and follow other state licensing requirements related to hours and capacity.

To learn more, see the full announcement: State ‘turning the dial’ for programs closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.


Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations.

The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature presentations and strategies developed for public health leaders and community organizations confronting the pandemic. It also aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color.

Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by signing up for OMH email updates and by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Learn more about Advancing the Response to COVID-19 virtual discussion.

Health Care Landing Page

The Minnesota Department of Human Services launched a new webpage, Health Care Landing Page to help Minnesotans having a hard time paying their health care bills during the pandemic.

The webpage makes it faster and easier for Minnesotans to get information on how to:

  • Apply for free COVID-19 testing for the uninsured.
  • Apply for low-cost to no-cost health care coverage through Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare or Emergency Medical Assistance.
  • Get help with applications for public health care programs.

The page will be translated soon into Hmong, Karen, Spanish, and Somali.

Multi-lingual COVID-19 Farming Videos

Minnesota Department of Agriculture and University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension have created five videos in the series “COVID-19 on the farm / at the farmers market”:

  • Basics of COVID-19 Transmission on Farms
  • Gloves, Masks, and Handwashing to prevent COVID-19 on farms
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing for COVID-19 on the Farm
  • COVID-19 Safety at the Farmers Markets
  • Maintaining 6 Foot Distance on Farms

The videos are available on the UMN Small Farms YouTube channel and they are available in three languages:


Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 Funds (Apply by 8/12/2020)

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals from qualified responders to provide emergency shelter services and/or outreach to unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

Recipients of these funds should be used to:

  • Prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 and related economic hardships among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance


  • Support additional and/or maintain homeless assistance activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, related economic hardships, and persistent barriers to housing.

Providers in all areas of the state are eligible to apply under the RFP. However, entities providing services in non-entitlement areas of Minnesota will receive priority under the RFP (described in the evaluation and scoring section).

Non-entitlement areas refers to any community in Minnesota that located outside one of the following entitlement communities: Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Dakota County, Hennepin County or St. Louis County (these communities receive their own ESG funding directly from HUD).

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. CST, August 12.

Visit the DHS website to learn more about the Emergency Solutions grant

Please direct questions to Katelyn Warburton



Discrimination helpline

Discrimination Helpline

Report Discrimination and Bias

COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, where you come from, your immigration status, or anything else. 

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias call Minnesota's Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. The helpline is staffed by investigators from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Translation/interpretation services are available.

If you are the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.

Click here to get this information in multiple languages. 

Minnesota Helpline:

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Mon.-Fri.: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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