MPHA COVID-19 RESOURCES


Public Health Supporters:


Looking for the latest data on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak? A reminder to get news from reliable, trustworthy sources and avoid the "infodemic" of misinformation. Help us elevate good public health messages by sharing these resources as widely as possible. Local, national, and global recommended sources are listed below. 


Minnesota Resources


Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

  • MDH public hotlines

    School and child care questions: 1-800-657-3504

    Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

    Discrimination helpline: 1-833-454-0148

COVID19 map
This information is also available on the Minnesota Department of Health Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage, which is updated daily at 11 a.m. with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.


COVID-19 Testing


For the most up-to-date information, please visit Minnesota Department of Health's webpage:


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/index.html



COVID-19 Vaccine


Minnesota Dept. of Health information: 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/index.html


Find a vaccine location: 

https://mn.gov/.../vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp


Timeline of who is getting vaccinated:

https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/whos-getting-vaccinated/index.jsp



Vaccine Decision-Making Resources


The American Lung Association is proud to partner with The Center for Black Health & Equity to provide a science-based, factual guide called Better for It to help begin a conversation on how to make a well-informed decision about COVID-19 vaccination.  It is available at Lung.org/vaccine-toolkit


Understanding Diverse Communities to Support Equitable and Informed COVID-19 Vaccination Decision-Making 

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) had an informative presentation and discussion around findings and insights on public views of COVID-19 vaccination and how health departments and tribal governments can support their communities in making decisions about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  

View the slides and zoom recording:

Understanding Diverse Communities to Support Equitable and Informed COVID-19 Vaccination Decision-Making Zoom Recording 

Understanding Diverse Communities to Support Equitable and Informed COVID-19 Vaccination Decision-making presentation slides




COVIDaware MN

Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.



Updated Quarantine Guidance from MDH - 12/9/20

For months, CDC had recommended a quarantine period of 14 days for people exposed to someone with COVID-19, also known as close contacts. Quarantine is one of several public health tools used to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. This guidance was based on evidence showing that close contacts can develop a COVID-19 infection as many as 14 days after being exposed.

Last week, CDC announced an update to that long-standing guidance that includes options for 10-day or seven-day quarantines under certain conditions. After reviewing the available information, we updated our guidance to integrate these new recommendations.

The safest option is to stay away from others for 14 days.

  • In certain situations, you may end your quarantine after 10 days, or after seven days with a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • You cannot end your quarantine before seven days for any reason.
  • Some work settings, like health care, have different rules about quarantine. Check with your employer.

For more information visit MDH's Close Contacts and Tracing: COVID-19



Resources for Underserved Communities


Low Income Energy Assistance Program Information shared by the U of MN Extension's Sustainable partnership. If you have any questions please contact Joel Haskar at haska004@umn.ed.


Since Covid-19, there have been some big changes in the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program(LIHEAP) that helps people pay their energy bills or get a broken furnace repaired/replaced:

  • The application deadline has been extended to July 1
  • Income eligibility is based on the last month only (not a whole year) -- this to help the newly unemployed
  • The annual crisis maximum has increased to $1200 instead of $600

You will also see in the eap-flier-english that there has been special attention paid to make sure people feel safe about applying regarding citizenship status. Translations in Hmong, Spanish & Somali available.


Sometimes LIHEAP runs out of money, but it sounds like more money has been pumped into the system AND getting signed up makes people eligible for some enhanced utility programming/ rebates and other CAP programming (Head Start etc.). Bottomline is we want people to sign up. 


Discrimination Helpline

Avoid stigma or showing prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assuming someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19. Witness or experience discrimination? Call the helpline at 1-833-454-0148.


Resources like the Minnesota Crisis Response Line (952-891-7171) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) are also available for those in need.


COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

CDC resource updated 12/10/20: Why are some racial and ethnic minority groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19?



Mental Health Resources


First Responder Toolkit app - released 5/14/20


https://firstrespondertoolkit.com/


The First Responder Toolkit app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social well-being.


In the future it will provide checklists for before, during, and after deployment that help responders pack for deployment, take care of daily needs, maintain important relationships, reflect on experiences, and more.


A variety of responders will find this app useful to help manage their self care while working in demanding situations, when caring for oneself is essential in order to help and care for others.



APHA sounds alarm over mental health in midst of COVID-19 pandemicpress release May 12, 2020






National/World Resources


American Public Health Association

  • COVID-19 page on apha.org for public health professionals that links to APHA resources as well as those from such trusted sources as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


New York Times risk-by-county map: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-risk-map.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage



Homemade household cleaners - courtesy of Dakota County Public Health
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COVID-19: Cleaning and disinfecting alternatives

Use the following suggestions for preventive cleaning against COVID-19 if everyday supplies, such as cleaning wipes or cleaning sprays, run out.

How to make homemade disinfectant with bleach:

▪ Mix 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of water; or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
▪ Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
▪ Do not use if bleach product is past its expiration date.
▪ Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.

How to make homemade disinfectant with rubbing alcohol:

▪ Mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water in a spray bottle.
▪ Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
▪ Discard gloves after use, or, if reusable gloves are used, they should be dedicated only for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19 and no other purposes.
▪ Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.

How to make homemade baby wipes:

▪ Use clean paper towels in a container that will keep them moist.
▪ Add 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons of the baby wash you use, and 1 tablespoon of baby oil.

Always keep all cleaning products and solutions out of reach of children. Call Poison Control if you think a child has ingested any cleaning products or solutions: 1-800-222-1222.



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