COVID-19 Resources - updated 5/14

May 14, 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

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: Should you get tested?


courtesy of Dakota County Public Health Department  - 5/11/20


As testing capabilities increase in Minnesota, and across the county, it’s important to know if, where and how you should get tested for COVID-19.

Who should get tested

▪ The people who should be tested now are those who have symptoms of COVID-19, especially hospitalized patients, health care workers, patients and staff in congregate care settings, dialysis and other patients including outpatients.
▪ The Minnesota Department of Health also recommends that people get tested in certain situations, such as a setting where an outbreak is occurring.
▪ People who do not have symptoms should generally not be tested for COVID-19.

The state offers an easy-to-use online testing tool to help determine if you should be tested.


Where to get tested

To find a COVID-19 testing location near you, use this interactive map that shows coronavirus clinics in your area. Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you go indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information.


Know before you go

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires that COVID-19 testing is provided at no cost to the patient. This applies to all health insurance coverage in Minnesota. It is important to know that this applies to the test only. Office visits are not covered through the CARES Act. Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive copays and deductibles for in-network visits associated with the COVID-19 test.

Check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network. If you have questions, call your insurance company prior to getting tested. If you don't have a doctor or health care provider, or are uninsured, contact a federally qualified Community Health Center.


Waiting for test results

If you or a loved one gets tested, results will come from the testing clinic or provider. Test results generally take 3–7 days. If you have a fever and/or cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms while waiting for results, you should stay home and away from others as much as possible. 
Family members and close contacts of people who have tested positive should limit their activities in public for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. Someone from the Minnesota Department of Health or the county where you live will call you if you’ve tested positive.


Additional information

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 available for those in need.




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 pandemic, press 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



Comments

  • April 08, 2020 3:58 PM | Kristin
    Thank you for providing direct links to these resources. It's helpful to have these on-hand so that we can work together to prevent the spread of misinformation!
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  • May 04, 2020 5:29 PM | Anonymous
    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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