Check the Minnesota Department of Health website for additional COVID-19 updates. Information also available in HmongSomaliSpanish.

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Kids Deserve a Shot Vaccine Incentive Program
COVID-19 Booster Shots
Lowering Your Risk of COVID-19
Free Community Testing Locations in MN
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 Symptoms
Exposure to COVID-19
Contact Tracing
Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 Treatment
Download the Docket app
Face Covering Requirements & Recommendations
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline
City of St. Paul Community Resource Line
Hennepin County Resource Hub
Ramsey County COVID-19 Dashboard
Scams and Price Gouging
Travel and Transportation
Recommendations for Hmong Funerals


Kids Deserve a Shot Vaccine Incentive Program

Minnesota families who get their 5- to 11-year-old fully vaccinated in January and February can get a $200 Visa gift card. To be eligible, children must receive their first and second dose between January 1 and February 28. Registration for the $200 Visa gift card will open at 10:00am on January 24, 2022 and close at 11:59pm on February 28, 2022. Later this spring, there will be five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship drawings. Details will be announced later. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Everyone 12 and older should get a booster when they are due: 

  • Minnesotans 12 and older who got the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster shot 5 months after their second dose.
  • Minnesotans 18 and older who got the Moderna vaccine should get a booster shot 5 months after their second dose.
  • Minnesotans 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster shot 2 months after their single dose. 

Visit mn.gov/vaccine to find a provider near you. 

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Lowering Your Risk for COVID-19

There are certain ways you can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 during social situations, both inside and outside. See this infographic for how to safely gather and reduce your risk of infection.

Free Community Testing Locations in MN

COVID-19 testing is an important strategy to slow the spread of the virus. Minnesota is offering low-barrier, no-cost COVID-19 rapid and saliva testing in many communities across the state. Learn more and find a free community testing location here.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Follow these guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on your farm – English VideoHmong VideoSpanish Video

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Common symptoms include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. People experiencing any of these symptoms should get tested immediately. Learn more here or watch this video.

Exposure to COVID-19

Closure contact (exposure) means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in the spread of the virus. Review the guidance here and here for recommended quarantine and isolation procedures.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community. Learn more here and here.

Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 Treatment

COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment can help qualifying patients get better faster. It is a treatment for patients with mild to moderate symptoms that started within the past 10 days, and who are at high risk of their illness leading to hospitalization or death. Learn more: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/meds.html

Minnesota Department of Health opened a new clinic in St. Paul to expand access to monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatment in the Twin Cities Metro area. To receive this treatment, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 should contact their health provider or request an appointment through the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform (MNRAP)

Download the Docket app

This app helps people retrieve and view their immunization records. People who have lost their vaccine card can use this app to retrieve their record. Download app here.

Face Covering Requirements & Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that people, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, continue to wear a well-fitted mask in some settings or situations. Other federal, state, or local laws may require masks, and businesses may set their own requirements. For more information, please click here (English) or click here (Hmong).

St. Paul and Minneapolis have reinstated mask mandates as of January 5, 2022. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must wear a mask inside public spaces, including stores, restaurants and bars, government buildings, stadiums, convention centers and service establishments as well as educational institutions, recreational facilities, and service centers. Both cities have exceptions for when actively eating or drinking, as well as exceptions for very young children and individuals who aren’t able to wear a face mask due to medical reasons.

Masking Requirements for Child Care – click here

How to Select, Wear, Clean and Store Your Mask – click here

How to Safely Wear Your Mask – English | Hmong | Karen

Masks Do’s and Don’ts video – click here

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Call 833-431-2053
Monday through Friday: 9am to 7pm; Saturday: 10am to 6pm

To reach the Mental Health Crisis Line: Call **CRISIS (**274747)

City of St. Paul Community Resource Line

The City of Saint Paul has a phone line and email address to answer questions about the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
Phone Number: 651-266-6000
Email: LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Hennepin County Resource Hub

TakeCareHennepin.org is a centralized webpage with information about COVID-19 in Hennepin County. Visit this webpage for resources linking to COVID-19 data in our communities, testing sites and county service changes

Ramsey County COVID-19 Dashboard

Latest Ramsey County data about COVID-19 – click here

Scams and Price Gouging

  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are warning Minnesotans to be on alert for text scams related to contact tracing of COVID-19. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers are sending texts that tell the recipient that someone with whom they had contact has tested positive, and to click a link for more information. Depending on the specific attack, by clicking on the link, the victim could be prompted to download unwanted software that can access data on their phone, or they may be directed to a site that tries to trick them into revealing sensitive information like their Social Security number, bank information, passwords or medical information.
  • Remember official public health workers conducting contact tracing initially will reach out to people by phone, NOT text. Learn more here.
  • Beware of companies selling at-home COVID-19 tests. They’re often expensive and most aren’t FDA-approved. There are many testing sites across Minnesota. While testing is free, there could be costs for the office visit. Call ahead to make an appointment and ask about cost.
  • More information on avoiding scams & misinformation during COVID-19 from the CDC – click here

If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 scam, please contact (651) 296-3353 (Metro) or (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota) or use this link to File a Complaint: click here

Travel and Transportation

Consider the advice from the Minnesota Department of Health on how to stay safe while traveling domestically and internationally – click here

Information regarding Travel Insurance coverage during COVID-19 – click here

Unemployment insurance is now accepted as certification by MetroTransit’s Transit Assistance Program (TAP). The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) provides a reduced fare pass on a Go-To Card for low-income residents. It allows customers to use a bus or train for just $1 per ride – even during rush hour – with a 2½ hour transfer. To learn more – click here

Recommendations for Hmong Funerals

The Minnesota Department of Health prepared recommendations with Hmong Community Leaders and Cultural and Spiritual Leaders. The guidance is both for business owners of funeral homes and for the Hmong community about how to carry out funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic. See recommendations here.

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