Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

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Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

October 28, 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 October 28, 2020

  • Total positive: 139,444
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 123,529
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 2,739,997
  • Deaths: 2,387
    o Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities: 1,669 
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 9,855
    o Total hospitalized in ICU: 2,609

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.

Upcoming Testing Events

COVID-19 Community Testing

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) works in partnership with communities to provide safe and free on-site COVID-19 testing in areas with outbreaks, increasing cases, or other barriers to access existing test sites.

Newly listed: Flyers for community testing events

  • Red Wing on October 27 to 29 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Colvill Park Courtyard Building
  • Waconia on October 27 to 29 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Lake Waconia Event Center
  • Madison on October 29 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Madison Armory
  • St. Paul on October 29 & 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. at United Church of God in Christ

Other Updates

Safe Voting during COVID-19 resource in Spanish

Now available through the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC).

LEDC wants to remind you of the importance of voting. Vote next Tuesday, Nov., in the presidential and state-level elections. Make a plan, vote for yourself, your community, and your family.

Take precautions to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Video Challenge #spreadinfonotcovid

Keep Minnesota healthy and win $500! Submit your 30-60 second video message engaging young folks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The #spreadinfonotcovid video challenge encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and other young folks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Must be between the ages of 18-25 (on date of submission) and live in Minnesota.

Participants are encouraged to use comedy, visual arts, music, drama, dance or other creative messaging. The goal is to promote COVID-19 safety procedures such as wearing a mask, hand washing, and social distancing. Four winners will be announced by Dec. 11, and receive a $500 Visa gift card.

The #spreadinfonotcovid video challenge is brought to you by TPT NOW, NewPublica and the Minnesota Department of Health. 

To enter

·         Must be between the ages of 18-25 (on date of submission)

·         Live in Minnesota

·         Create a 30-60 video on your phone to convince young people to practice COVID


·         Click this link for the submission page

·         Enter all required information

·         Upload your video in MP4/.MOV Format

·         Entries will be evaluated on accuracy and creativity


Video challenge will begin on 10/23/2020 and End 11/30/2020.

Four winners will be selected on 12/04/2020 and notified by 12/11/2020.

If chosen, winners must be available to discuss social media campaign strategies (creating hashtags, when to post, giving input on video editing, etc.).

#spreadinfonotcovid info sheet

Video challenge 4 BIPOC youth invite

COVID-19 vaccine clinical study in Minnesota

HealthPartners Institute has joined Oxford University and AstraZeneca in providing Minnesota’s first Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. To learn more about the study and who can participate, see COVID-19 vaccine clinical study in Minnesota.


Supporting Community Organizations to Strengthen Vaccine Confidence Pilot Project

The CDC Foundation will fund up to six Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement effective health communication and community engagement strategies to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance among groups at risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) related to under-immunization.

Deadline is Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m. CST.

CDCF Supporting Community Organizations to Strengthen Vaccine Confidence Pilot Project


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.: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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