COVID-19 Updates: March 10, 2021

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Minnesota Department of Health

March 10, 2021

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Minnesotans newly eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Governor Walz announced that Minnesota is expanding vaccine eligibility as the state reaches its goal of vaccinating 70% of Minnesotans 65 years of age and older. Starting today, more than 1.8 million Minnesotans will become eligible to receive a vaccine.

Providers have been directed to prioritize people in the first of these phases.

  • Minnesotans with specific underlying medical conditions: Sickle cell disease, Down Syndrome, or oxygen-dependent chronic lung or heart conditions, and those who are in active cancer treatment or immunocompromised from organ transplant.
  • Targeted essential workers: Food processing plant workers.
  • Minnesotans with rare conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk of severe illness.

Providers will then have the flexibility to provide available appointments to other eligible Minnesotans.

  • Minnesotans age 45 years and older with one or more underlying medical conditions.*
  • Minnesotans age 16 years and older with two or more underlying medical conditions.*
  • Minnesotans age 50 years and older in multi-generational housing.
  • Essential frontline workers: Agricultural, airport staff, additional child care workers not previously eligible, correctional settings, first responders, food production, food retail, food service, judicial system workers, manufacturing, public health workers, public transit, and U.S. Postal Service workers.

All Minnesotans who have not received a vaccine should sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector to get regular updates on vaccine availability and eligibility. In some cases, health care providers or employers will have more information for patients or employees on vaccine availability.

Learn more:

COVID-19 vaccine timeline: people now eligible for their vaccine.

New community vaccination sites

As part of the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program, Governor Walz announced new community vaccination sites at Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) Performance Center in Eagan and Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul last week.

These large-scale, permanent sites will join sites in Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, and Bloomington.

Approximately 13,400 Johnson & Johnson doses were administered at TCO Performance Center to health care workers and adults 65 years of age or older in its first week.

Approximately 5,850 Pfizer doses were administered at Roy Wilkins Auditorium to adults 65 years of age or older and pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers in its first week.

Minnesota Department of Health (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

Pop-up community testing events

COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Event. Stay Safe MN

Thief River Falls

National Guard Armory
250 Emil St
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

March 9-11
12 - 6 p.m. 

Carver County

Chanhassen Recreation Center
2310 Coulter Blvd
Chanhassen, MN 55317

March 11
2 - 8 p.m.

March 12 & 13
12 - 6 p.m.

March 18
2 - 8 p.m.

March 19 & 20
12 - 6 p.m.

Visit COVID-19 Community Testing Sites to schedule an appointment or find more community testing locations.

COVID-19 medication options

Monoclonal antibody treatment can be used by people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are not hospitalized. You can only receive medication within the first 10 days of having COVID-19 symptoms, so it’s important to act quickly.

Visit COVID-19 Medication Options to learn more about monoclonal antibody treatment, as well as options for people with severe COVID-19, who is eligible, and more.

Go to Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform for COVID-19 Treatment to access more information about the online tool that connects patients and health care providers with COVID-19 medications that are in limited supply. The platform also helps to distribute these medications in an equitable way when there is not enough for everyone who needs them.

Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about treatments that are right for you.

COVID-19 stories of community outreach and partnership

COVID-19 Stories of Community Outreach and Partnership highlight the efforts of our staff in collaboration with community partners during the COVID-19 response. Some stories provide insight into how this work is done, others discuss what challenges our teams face, but all of them recognize how COVID-19 has pushed MDH to try new strategies so we can fulfill our mission of protecting, maintaining, and improving the health of all Minnesotans.

Amplifying the Message: Integrating Art and Public Health to Protect the American Indian Community

Nationally, American Indians have experienced disproportionate rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. For American Indian communities in Minnesota, sharing accurate and timely information about COVID-19 has been essential. American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), headquartered in Duluth, has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for nearly a year as a community engagement contractor and most recently as a COVID-19 Community Coordinator.

AICHO billboard: I mask up to protect my family, elders, community, and patients.

They have been leaders in consistently providing a broad range of social services, including food distributions for those impacted by COVID-19, and accurate and timely messaging on how to stay safe during COVID-19 to American Indian Minnesotans and all community members. Their outreach method prioritizes messages that are designed to resonate specifically with American Indians. AICHO also worked with local public health on a billboard in Duluth featuring American Indian physician Arne Vainio, MD, and culturally tailored public health messaging.

Read more: Amplifying the Message: Integrating Art and Public Health to Protect the American Indian Community

Guidance and resources



NOTE: As new Executive Orders and recommendations are issued, we will review and update the guidance and resources on our website accordingly. Look for an "Updated" date below guidance links to know when the resource was last revised.

Minnesota Helpline

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic

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