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

February 10, 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 February 9, 2023

  • Total positive including reinfections: 1,761,893
  • Total deaths: 14,278
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 81,773
  • Total cases hospitalized in ICU: 13,866

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 February 9, 2023

  • People with at least one vaccine dose: 4,009,510
  • People with completed vaccine series: 3,784,652
  • People up to date with vaccine doses: 1,336,237

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

Governor's Office:

The CROWN Act is Officially Law

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the achievements and contributions of African Americans, as well as educate others about the rich cultural heritage and history of the Black community. Black History Month celebrates the important role African Americans have played in shaping history and society in Minnesota and across the country. Recently, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor signed the CROWN Act into law, which explicitly prohibits racial discrimination based on natural hair texture and hair styles such as braids, locks, and twists. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor also signed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday to commemorate June 19 as the official end of slavery in the United States.


Cultural Survival invites proposals for Indigenous Community Media Fund

Cultural Survival is an Indigenous-led NGO, and U.S. registered non-profit that advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities' self-determination, cultures, and political resilience. The organization has issued a call for proposals for the Indigenous Community Media Fund, which provides opportunities for Indigenous community radio stations and media outlets to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems while providing training opportunities to their community journalists through a participatory and dynamic grants program. The initiative enhances community efforts to establish and ensure the sustainability of Indigenous community-controlled media. Indigenous community radio stations and other community media outlets and groups may apply for a grant of up to $6,000. Radio network proposals presented by three or more Indigenous radio stations can apply for funding up to $12,000. Projects should be completed within six to 10 months.


Webinars, Recordings and Videos

Lessons Learned - Black Women and Breast Cancer Screening Prototypes

Please join the MN Breast Cancer GAPS Project to learn what they have learned about how to erase the 41 percent disparity in breast cancer mortality between white women and black women in the community. 

African American community members and healthcare providers have created innovative prototypes using a Community Co-Design model. This event will showcase the lessons learned in breast cancer awareness, education and front door networks, and will feature local Black women who helped design and deliver the prototypes.


Equity Grants Specialist (Job ID: 62951):

MDH is recruiting a passionate and driven Equity Grants Specialist to lead equity grant writing and coordinate the development, administration, and adoption of equitable grant practices, policies and procedures in collaboration with partners within MDH and the state systems. This position research funding sources, prepares and submits letters of intent and full equity related grant proposals and budgets to secure funding from new donors and existing donors including but not limited to state and federal fundings. This position collaborates with MDH program and finance staff to ensure projects are appropriately represented and accounted for in the grant process. This position must be detail oriented, demonstrate superior writing skills and exhibit excellent initiative and accountability.

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Health Equity Operations and Policy Coordinator (Job ID: 62931): 

The Health Equity Operations and Policy Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operational activities of the Bureau of Health Equity. The position reports directly to the Assistant Commissioner for Health Equity and interacts with other Bureau management to support operational objectives, policies and resources. This position acts as the primary liaison with the support functions of financial management, human resources management, facilities management and MN.IT.

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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

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:


Dorothy Day Center

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Monday, February 13, 2023
    • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available 
    • St. Paul Opportunity Center - Dorothy Day Center
    • 422 Dorothy Day Place, St. Paul

Face to Face Health and Counseling Service

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Event
    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • 1 - 4 p.m.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available 
    • 130 East 7th Street, 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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