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

January 27, 2023

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 January 26, 2023

  • Total positive including reinfections: 1,753,092
  • Total deaths: 14,162
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 81,042
  • Total cases hospitalized in ICU: 13,760

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.

Updated January 26, 2023

  • People with at least one vaccine dose: 4,008,115
  • People with completed vaccine series: 3,783,113
  • People up to date with vaccine doses: 1,308,780

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


State-run COVID-19 Testing Sites to Close this Week:

State-run COVID-19 testing sites in four locations around the state will close this week, marking the end of their nearly three-year run serving Minnesotans. The St. Paul Midway site will close on Friday, Jan. 27, the Duluth site will close on Jan. 28 and the sites in Brooklyn Park and at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport will close on Jan. 29.

COVID-19 testing will continue to be available through a number of sources. The state’s at-home test ordering program continues to take its last round of orders, and Minnesotans can order those tests at Order your free at-home rapid tests. Minnesotans should also check with their insurance companies about their eligibility for free at-home tests at local pharmacies. For additional testing options through clinics and pharmacies, Minnesotans can use the state’s Find Testing Locations tool.

Press Release:

MDH Extends Community Outreach to Help Those Most Impacted by COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has contracted with 48 community partners to help those most impacted by COVID-19 get vaccinated, improve health and recover from the effects of the disease.

The contracts extend MDH’s existing pandemic work with COVID-19 Community Coordinators. The community coordinators serve communities hit hardest by COVID-19, including communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ communities and Minnesotans with disabilities. This round includes the largest number of community coordinators since the project started in October 2020.

COVID-19 Community Coordinators can answer questions about topics such as COVID-19 testing and vaccination, food support, health care and mental health resources, housing and rental assistance, and employment resources. COVID-19 Community Coordinators draw on community strengths and trusted community networks to support Minnesotans who need COVID-19 information specific to their communities, including in their native languages.

To learn more and find a community partner, visit COVID-19 Community Coordinators


Telehealth Test to Treat Program

The State of Minnesota continues to operate a telehealth test-to treat program accessible to all Minnesotans via Cue Health. After testing positive with any at-home or lab PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, people can use a website, mobile app or phone call to get started and be connected to a virtual consultation with a licensed clinician who will evaluate them to determine if treatment is a good option. If they are a good candidate for COVID-19 medications, the clinician can issue that prescription to the patient’s local pharmacy.


Minneapolis Foundation Invites Applications for Efforts that Advance Racial and Economic Justice

  • The Minneapolis Foundation has issued a call for proposals for efforts that advance racial and economic justice. Grants will support efforts to realize racial and economic justice by advancing structural and systems change through policy advocacy, organizing, and movement building; investing in economic systems and practices that build wealth and stabilize communities; and advancing narrative strategies focused on racial and economic justice. The foundation is interested in the following initiatives: promoting civic participation and leadership, fostering belonging and inclusion, increasing access to opportunities that advance upward mobility, and seeing and dismantling barriers that hold inequities in place. Priority will be given to applications from groups that are led by Black and Indigenous people and people of color, and those engaged in efforts that are grounded in the needs of diverse communities in Minneapolis and the inner-ring suburbs of Hennepin County.

  • Application Deadline: February 13, 2023

  • For more information, please visit the Minneapolis Foundation website


Epidemiologist Intermediate (Job ID: 62071): This position exists in the Emerging Infections (EI) Unit to support surveillance activities and special projects within the Active Bacterial Core Surveillance (ABCs) program. The position will coordinate EIP-ABCs projects related to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Invasive e. coli, disseminated gonococcal infection and other EIP pathogens. Additionally, the position will monitor surveillance data, perform case interviews and prepare epidemiologic reports to support the epidemiology supervisor in other EIP activities.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023

Health Equity Communications Planner (Job ID: 62152): The Center for Health Equity is looking for a communication focused individual to develop and lead the implementation of the operational communications efforts related to health equity. This position will plan, create, and disseminate equity related content. This includes communication such mediums such as print, digital and broadcast channels, including web, GovDelivery, print collateral, presentations, social media, and toolkits. This individual will have to the opportunity to coordinate communications strategies to ensure that our partners and the people they serve receive regular and consistent messaging around the work of the CHE. This individual will maintain a working knowledge of issues affecting communities most impacted by inequities. On occasion, the incumbent will provide technology support for community forums, interagency meetings, and other events.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023

Adolescent Grant Coordinator (Job ID: 62275): MDH is recruiting a passionate and driven Grant Coordinator to establish and facilitate the implementation of the goals and objectives for a statewide initiative to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors associated with teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections for Minnesota’s most vulnerable adolescent populations. Populations include young people of color and American Indian youth, youth in foster care or aging out of foster care, youth in juvenile detention or on probation, runaway and homeless youth, pregnant youth under 21 years of age, and youth in alternative learning centers. This position is responsible for program leadership, grantee technical assistance, implementation of an evaluation process, and grant oversight to a wide range of grantees and contractors as well as grant oversight for all designated curriculum and curriculum trainings. It will support the MCH Section's mission to provide statewide leadership and public health information essential for promoting, improving, and maintaining the health and well-being of women, children and families throughout Minnesota.

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Financial Analyst Specialist (Job ID: 62365): This position will oversee the Child and Family Health Division's (CFH) tracking, monitoring and review of financial reconciliations and general ledger reviews required for the various grants administered by CFH Division. The Incumbent is responsible for the coordination, execution, financial management, and evaluation of grants. The incumbent needs to demonstrate excellent data analysis skills to provide guidance and oversite to staff assigned to general ledger reviews and financial reconciliations. The incumbent will need to have a good understanding of federal and state policies, laws, and rules and budgeting principles. A close working relationship must be maintained with the Division's Financial Management Unit, the MDH financial management staff, the MDH Auditor and the MDH Grant Coordinator as well as the Office of Grant's Management to ensure that the financial reconciliation or general ledger review component of each grant is tracked, monitored and reviewed in a consistent manner and in full compliance with all federal and state guidelines. The position demands strong financial, analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills.

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Family Home Visiting Manager (Job ID: 59707): The purpose of this position is to provide statewide leadership and management of the programs and activities of the Family Home Visiting (FHV) Section within the Community and Family Health Division. Utilizing approaches that address health disparities in Minnesota, the FHV section is responsible for promoting evidence- informed and evidence-based strategies to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and children by ensuring that home visiting services are provided for early identification of health needs of mothers, infants and children and referrals made for appropriate follow-up intervention. The incumbent will provide guidance and oversight for the home visiting program, including: setting strategic direction and ensuring sustainability of current efforts as well as program expansion to serve those at risk for poor pregnancy, infant and child developmental outcomes; monitoring program objectives; directing and prioritizing staff activities; and providing leadership and oversight to the work of the program. The Section Manager role includes partnering with colleagues throughout the Department, in other State agencies, with federal agencies, and other MCH partners including local public health departments and tribal governments. The incumbent will represent MDH in public forums, conduct presentations, conferences and, when necessary, provide testimony to legislative or other committees.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023

Family Home Visiting State Initiatives Supervisor (Job ID: 62266): MDH is recruiting a passionate and performance driven supervisor to lead the Home Visiting State Initiatives unit under the Child and Family Health Division. If you are committed to improving the lives of pregnant women, infants, children and their families, taking an active lead in reducing health disparities, and driving innovation and synergy in systems that impact maternal, child and family health then come join our MDH team. This position exists to lead the work of the Home Visiting State Initiatives Unit within the Family Home Visiting Section. The Home Visiting State Initiatives Unit houses staff who support the work of family home visiting initiatives across Minnesota. This position is responsible for strategic planning, implementation, systems collaboration, and grant monitoring responsibilities related to state and federal initiatives supporting family home visiting. This position leads activities related to expanding evidence-based home visiting models and adopting best practices, including supervising staff, program development, and early childhood systems integration. Responsibilities include developing partnerships across state and local public health, managing the administrative activities of the Home Visiting State Initiatives Unit, including hiring and supervising staff, developing work plans, managing program budgets, initiating and managing contracts, and reporting to funders (federal and state).

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Infectious Disease American Indian Liaison (Job ID: 62272): As the Infectious Disease American Indian Liaison, you will support the mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. This position will support collaboration between American Indian tribes and communities and the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division (IDEPC) to prevent and respond to infectious disease and promote the health of American Indians in Minnesota. This will be accomplished by partnering with tribes and communities to educate IDEPC, local public health and other key partners about structural racism, inequities and other factors contributing to disproportionate burdens of infectious disease, as well as equitable and culturally relevant approaches to maintaining health and well-being and preventing infectious disease. Collaboration with other equity focused staff, colleagues working with tribes and urban indigenous communities, appropriate grant and contract managers, and specific disease teams will be critical.

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Search for Careers Within the State of Minnesota using the ID above or job title.

COVID-19 Stories

Project Resonance: Reflecting on our COVID-19 Journey

Summary: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has collaborated with various community partners including Asian Media Access (AMA) to address community vulnerabilities in accessing health related services. It was a journey of working together to build solutions and promote community resilience in combating the impact of the pandemic on communities. Asian Media Access (AMA) and Pan Asian Arts Alliance (PAAM) came together to showcase a rich cultural dance show, Project Resonance, to reflect this unique journey in community unity and resiliency in fighting the pandemic. 

Full article at COVID-19 Stories. 

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:


Restoration for All (REFA)

  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Elderly Cultural Fitness & Wellness Event
    • Saturday, January 28, 2023
    • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • COVID-19 vaccines, free blood pressure check, and resources for healthy aging available
    • Maplewood YMCA Community Center
    • 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood
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  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event 
    • Saturday, January 28, 2023
    • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Pfizer vaccines available
    • MN Science Museum
    • 120 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul


  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Saturday, January 28, 2023
    • 1 - 5 p.m.
    • Masjid Omar, inside the 24 Mall
    • 912 East 24th Street, Minneapolis 


  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Sunday, January 29, 2023
    • 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Pfizer vaccines available
    • World Mart, Worthington
    • 1131 Oxford Street, Suite 2, Worthington

Consulate of Mexico

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Monday, January 30, 2023 
    • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Pfizer vaccines available 
    • Consulate of Mexico
    • 797 East 7th Street, St. Paul

Stairstep at St. Paul Opportunity Center

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Monday, January 30, 2023
    • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available 
    • St. Paul Opportunity Center
    • 422 Dorothy Day Place, St. Paul

Harbor Light Center

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    • 12 - 4 p.m.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available
    • Harbor Light Center
    • 1010 Curie Ave., Minneapolis 

Listening House of St. Paul

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available
    • Listening House of St. Paul
    • 464 Maria Avenue, St. Paul


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., Wed., & Fri.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: 9 a.m. to 7 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.

MDH Contact Information:

For questions regarding the information in this bulletin or the Cultural, Faith and Disabilities Communities (CFD) branch, please email

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