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Program: Homeless Providers and Advocates - Information and Resources

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67284672
Care for Children of Families of Emergency Workers
Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02, free school age care for the children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel) was outlined. The orders directed schools to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under. Click this link for a PDF of identified emergency workers.

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline for Community Mitigation (Schools, Child Care, Business) Questions: (651)297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 9 am - 4 pm/7 days a week

Parent Aware of Minnesota: 1-888-291-9811 open 7 am - 6 pm Monday - Thursday; 7 am - 4:30 pm Friday or visit www.parentaware.org

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Homeless Service Providers and Advocates

Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To stay up to date and be prepared in case an outbreak does happen, below are resources to aid in educating service providers and advocates:

National Alliance to End Homelessness:
Several resources are available to help providers and systems leaders prepare for the impact of a coronavirus outbreak. Links to resources are below. Key takeaways include:
  • Be prepared by staying informed about the local COVID-19 situation and establish relationships with public health partners in the community
  • Communicate with staff and clients about facility preparedness and policy updates (i.e. modified hours, non-urgent care by telephone, etc.), and consider using social media to do so
  • Expect the homelessness services sector workforce to be impacted, and anticipate modified service delivery based on staff capacity
  • Protect the workforce by screening clients, staff, and visitors for acute respiratory illness, ensuring use of personal protection equipment, and encouraging sick employees to stay home
  • Protect clients by separating those with respiratory illnesses, and implementing prevention strategies to minimize exposure (i.e. encouraging frequent hand-washing, increased surface cleaning/disinfection, etc.)
  • Take inventory of supplies (hand soap, food, and more) and order more if necessary
For more information on how to prepare, consult the following resources:

Pandemic Planning and Services that Support People Who are Homeless
Disease Risks and Homelessness resource and Infectious Diseases Toolkit for CoCs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Homelessness and the Response to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Lessons from SARS, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners:
Additional Coronavirus resources include:

Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs, Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD is also available to provide technical assistance to homeless assistance providers who need support in preventing or responding to the spread of infectious disease. Submit questions to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal with 'Health Preparedness and Response' in the subject line.

Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a web page with the latest information, including individuals under investigation (PUI), travel guidance, what individuals can do to protect themselves, their family, and their community, and more.
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Video PSA: COVID-19
Viruses Don't Discriminate and Neither Should we (PDF)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (PDF)
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Hennepin County Public Health is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and other local partners to respond to this rapidly evolving disease outbreak.

Take care and take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover cough and sneezes
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