COVID-19 Updates from the City of Saint Paul

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Like communities across our nation, we’ve been closely monitoring the unfolding of the situation around the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The City is working diligently in responding to the unique needs of our residents, business owners, and key partners and is coordinating closely with public health officials. Learn more about the City’s response at  

Bridge Fund application available in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish at


  • NEW - Saint Paul Bridge Fund applications for families and small businesses are now available in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Apply by 5 p.m. on April 19 at If you have questions about the application or guidelines, or want help applying please call (651) 266-6565. Staff are available to help who speak English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Oromo and Karen. 
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    • Iyyatni gargaarsa atattamaa maallaqaa ‘Saint Paul Bridge Fund’ irraa maatii fi daldala xixiqqaaf sababa ‘COVD-19 ‘ kennamu amma banaa dha. Hanga Ebla (April) 19, 2020 tti marsariitii kan irratti iyyata galfadha

    • Foomamka Sanduuqa Buundada maal ee Saint Paul  hada way furanyihiin: waa gargaarka degdeg ah ay loogu talagalay qoysaskaka iyo ganacsiyada yaryar ee saameeyay COVID-19. Xiriirkan ka buuxso ilaa April 19

    • Ya está abierta la aplicación para el Fondo de Ayuda Puente de Saint Paul: Asistencia de emergencia para familias y pequeños negocios que han sido impactados por el COVID-19. Aplique antes del 19 de Abril el sitio web:

    • The application is also available in Karen.


The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line and email address to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at

Phone Number: 651-266-6000

Language Resources Team


  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. If you are not having any symptoms and are going out in public, wearing a cloth face covering will help you from spreading any infection. If you do wear a cloth face covering, the CDC notes it is important to wash it every day to get rid of any trapped viruses or bacteria.
  • Here are some links to information about making a homemade mask from credible sources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

Multilingual Health Information

Community Recommendations

The Minnesota Department of Health has community recommendations involving employers, assisted living facilities, schools and health care settings and large and small community events and gatherings. 

Family Assistance

  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a supplemental food, nutrition and breastfeeding program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health continues to offer WIC services to eligible families with children up to age five. Please call 651-266-1300 to apply for WIC.
  • Families can apply for cash emergency and food (SNAP) assistance at Before applying, you can see if you are eligible for ApplyMN programs at
  • School and Child Care Questions? Call 651-297-1304. This is a state hotline open for school and child care questions for Minnesota residents that is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday of the week.

Mental Health Resources

  • University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers  
  • Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
    • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878. 
    • Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900. 


Applications are now open for the Saint Paul Bridge Fund, which will provide emergency relief for families and small businesses most impacted by COVID-19. Apply by April 19 at 5 p.m. at

Grants will be awarded through a random selection process from a list of all eligible applicants who applied April 8 through April 19 by 5 p.m.  All eligible applications will have an equal chance of being awarded a grant.

Additional resources

Community members can now donate to the Saint Paul Bridge Fund on GiveMNDonations will increase the number of families and small businesses that receive funds through the program.

The Saint Paul Bridge Fund includes funds provided by The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and private donors including the Baird, Bush Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Securian Foundation, Minnesota United FC, Minnesota Wild, the Saint Paul &  Minnesota Foundation, and the Xcel Energy Foundation.   


Please note that many of the following resources are also available for nonprofits.

  • Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund (Otto Bremer Trust)
  • Propel Nonprofits Working Capital Loans
    • Loans to support program and operational stability or program expansion or reimbursements. Typical range: $20,000 to $600,000. 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Loan Advance from Small Business Administration (SBA) 
    • Low-interest, up to 30-year loans, up to $2 million for qualified small businesses and nonprofits. 
    • GRANT PORTION: Up to $10,000 available within 3 days of a successful loan application, which does not need to be repaid, regardless of whether the loan is approved. 
    • APPLY NOW, directly with SBA. For details, visit 
  • Paycheck Protection Program (SBA) 
    • 1% interest, 2-year loans, covering up to 2 months of payroll costs, plus 25% of that amount, for qualified small businesses, sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons, private nonprofit and veterans organizations 
    • Loan amounts will be forgiven if used to maintain or quickly rehire employees, maintaining salary levels 
    • Apply through existing SBA 7(a) lending partners. For details, visit   


  • A limited number of hotel beds are available now through Monday, April 27 for unsheltered youth who are ages 18-24. To request a room, youth can call the Salvation Army Shelter Line 10 a.m. -10 p.m. any day of the week at 651-444-5757.


  • COVID-19 Information that impacts immigrant and refugee communities - Anyone who is sick during the COVID-19 crisis should seek medical care without fear, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay for health services. It is important that everyone in Saint Paul including non-citizen residents regardless of immigration status obtaining medical care should they become ill. Find more information related to COVID-19 that impact immigrant and refugee communities in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish.
  • City of Saint Paul Discrimination Helpline. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of COVID-19, contact the City of Saint Paul by calling 651-266-8966, email, or visit 
  • State Discrimination Helpline. Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today launched a Discrimination Helpline to reinforce the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toll-free helpline, which is at 1-833-454-0148, will allow those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Around the Airport - HWY 5 road closure begins April 8. If you are traveling to or around the airport between now and this fall, please be aware the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is beginning a large construction project of Hwy 5. Beginning April 8, the eastbound lane of Hwy 5 will be closed from 494 to Davern Street in Saint Paul until July. For more information and detour maps, visit


Local Activities

Special Needs

Historical Sites and Museums

  • The Smithsonian Museum offers virtual tours of their current and permanent exhibits, and viewers can even take a look at a few of the past exhibits. Users can easily navigate between adjoining rooms of the museum and click on the camera icons for a closer look. 
  • NASA is offering a slew of STEM activities for grades K- 4: Activities range from building foam rockets to solving space station emoji puzzles. Parents can also download coloring sheets and books for younger kids.
  • Discovery Channel: Discovery Education offers free virtual field trips complete with companion guides and hands-on learning activities. For example, kids can explore Polar Bears And The Tundra or take a look behind the scenes of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas
  • Take a trip to Mars: Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. The site is in the middle of an update, but the 360 mode offers a great digital view. 

Doodling, Color Books, Games, Videos: