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, 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:

October 27, 2022

  • Total positive including reinfections: 1,686,048
  • Total deaths: 13,453
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 74,481
  • Total cases hospitalized in ICU: 12,838

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, data by race/ethnicity, 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 take steps to protect themselves and others through vaccination, testing, staying home when sick, and more.

October 27, 2022

  • People with at least one vaccine dose: 3,991,623
  • People with completed vaccine series: 3,757,019
  • People up to date with vaccine doses: 633,451

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.

Updated MDH Recommendations and Guidance


MDH "Protect Your Child from COVID-19" Translated Videos:


2022 Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

  • The Minnesota Department of Health Center for Health Equity released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI), a grant program established to provide direct investments in organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of American Indians and people of color. Interested applicants should review the RFP for funding details and application requirements.


Minnesota Department of Health

  • Tuberculosis Education Planner Specialist (ID: 60151): This position exists to strategize, plan, conduct and evaluate tuberculosis (TB) educational systems that support all facets of TB control, care, and prevention. This position promotes guidance as developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and develops TB-specific educational, evaluation, and awareness annual plans that support the TB Program’s human resource development (HRD) section of the cooperative agreement (co-ag) projects. The scope and scale of this position is broad, responding to internal TB program needs, the needs of local and tribal public health responsible for TB case management and directly observed therapy, the needs of providers and health care systems responsible for the timely diagnosis and proper treatment of both TB disease and latent infection, and the needs of communities that face higher burdens of TB due to increased risk of exposure and infection. This position additionally serves as the project manager and planner for key TB program activities designed to increase workflow efficiencies and allow for better oversight and evaluation of TB control statewide. Application closes November 8, 2022.  


Health Insurance Open Enrollment Resources 

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.

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.

Completing your primary vaccination series and getting a booster dose when due remains the most important way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very good at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Make sure you and your family are up to date on any COVID-19 vaccine doses you are recommended to get to have the best protection against COVID-19. 

  • 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:




Asian Media Access

  • Pop-up Vaccination Clinic with Health on the Go




IGBO Womens League of MN

  • Vaccination Clinic
    • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • 4 - 8 p.m.
    • Pfizer vaccines and boosters available 
    • $50 incentive
    • Brooklyn United Methodist Church
    • 7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center
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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.; Sat.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To connect directly to a representative in American Sign Language, follow this link

Peer Support Connection MN Warmline (PSC):

Contact the PSC Warmline, available from 5 p.m. - 9 a.m., at 1-844-739-6369.

Click here for more information.

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