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

August 12, 2022

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

Status of COVID-19 in Minnesota:

Updated August 11, 2022

  • Total positive including reinfections: 1,611,246
  • Total deaths: 13,014
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 69,246
  • Total cases hospitalized in ICU: 12,225

Numbers are cumulative since Jan. 20, 2020.

The number of lab-confirmed positive tests among Minnesota residents will be updated weekly on Situation Update for COVID-19 with data as of 4 a.m. on the Tuesday prior. 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.

The Governor has launched a public dashboard which includes race data of cases: COVID-19 Data by Race/Ethnicity

Vaccine Data:

Updated August 7, 2022

  • People with at least one vaccine dose: 3,964,961
  • People with completed vaccine series: 3,742,014
  • People up to date with vaccine doses: 1,752,479

Vaccination Breakthrough Weekly Update:

Updated weekly, on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

All data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Case and vaccine totals reflect only the results from laboratory testing and vaccinations that have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Data may not align exactly with the cases reported on other pages or dashboards due to differences in reporting lags and the frequency with which the data are updated.

What the vaccine breakthrough data do continue to show is vaccines provide protection against COVID-19, particularly against severe illness and hospitalization or death, and we are seeing this protection strengthened when people get a booster, especially for older adults. This means staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines, including a booster dose when eligible, is important.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Weekly Update page.


New & Updated Materials




Minnesota Department of Health

  • American Indian Community Initiatives Unit Supervisor (ID: 58022): The Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives is looking for a health focused individual to supervise multiple tribal grants programs and program staff and ensure coordination and alignment with health promotion activities across MDH and partner agencies related to American Indian populations. This position also plays a key role on the OSHII leadership team in leading efforts to ensure that health equity, community engagement principles, and practices are integrated into OSHII operations and are aligned with the Center for Health Equity and other agency strategic priorities related to health equity. Closes Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
  • Search for Careers Within the State of Minnesota using the ID above or job title.


Project Healings

Upcoming Testing & Vaccination 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.

  • How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test

COVID-19 Community Vaccines

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) works in partnership with communities to provide safe and free on-site COVID-19 vaccines.

  • How to get a free vaccine
    • Use the state's Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccine provider near you
    • Check for vaccine appointments using (you can search for appointments by vaccine type: Pfizer vaccine, Moderna vaccine, Johnson & Johnson vaccine) 
    • Contact your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
    • Employers may also reach out with information for vaccination opportunities.

Vaccination Events:




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. 

MDH COVID-19 Public Hotline:

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 1-833-431-2053
Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mental Health Minnesota Helpline:

For free, confidential, anonymous support from a volunteer mental health professional.  Call toll free 1-833-HERE4MN (437-3466).

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