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Program: Minnesota Department of Health News Releases and Announcements

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67322923
Multi-lingual materials regarding public health guidelines are available in SpanishSomaliHmong, and English

Multi-lingual materials regarding testing are available in SpanishSomaliHmong, and English

The documents below explain what to do if an individual has COVID-19 in 11 different languages:

What to do if you have COVID-19 in Amharic (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Arabic (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Chinese (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Hmong (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Karen (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Lao (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Oromo (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Russian (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Somali (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Spanish (PDF)
What to do if you have COVID-19 in Vietnamese (PDF)

Additional Information
Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota Postponing and canceling events; business closings
What the Minnesota Department of Health is Doing  About the work MDH and partners are doing during the outbreak
Situation Update  Latest information including Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
Prepare and Prevent  What you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community
About COVID-19  About COVID-19, symptoms, and how it spreads
Materials and Resources  Video PSAs and print materials translated into multiple languages
Travelers  Travel guidance and recommendations during the outbreak
Health Care  Guidance for providers and facilities, including long-term care and nursing homes
Schools and Child Care  Guidance for primary and secondary school and child care staff and students
Businesses and Employers  Guidance for employers and employees
First Responders  Guidance for EMS and law enforcement
Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks When it is appropriate to wear an alternative facemask, design principles/examples and washing information
What to Do if an Individual Has Had Close Contact with a Person with COVID-19 Instructions for individuals to follow at least 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with a person who has COVID-19

Safe Holiday Celebrations During COVID-19
The Minnesota Department of Health has released safety guidelines for safe holiday celebrations related to gatherings, holiday travel, and holiday activities. Click here

Contact Tracing COVID-19
Information on how COVID-19 tracing works, what a 'close contact' is, special circumstances, privacy, answering the call, etc. can be found here

Contact Tracing – Via Text
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is expanding its toolkit for case investigation and contact tracing (CICT) by notifying people via text that the Health Department will be calling. The initiative aims to more effectively reach and inform those who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts about what they need to do to prevent further spread and to better protect the state’s most vulnerable populations through improved outreach and communication. The texting began Monday, November 16. A text message will be sent to people identified as a case or the contact of a case to let them know that a case interviewer from state, local or tribal health departments will be calling to discuss their COVID-19 test results or potential exposure. Case interviewers from MDH as well as local public health and tribal health not only gather valuable information from positive cases about the outbreak, but also provide connections to resources to help all Minnesotans reduce the risk of infection. Combating fears about calls from scammers pretending to be public health workers is another important part of the project. Getting a text message and knowing what number to expect a call from will help, but there are a few other things to know.

Case interviewers will talk to individuals about: 
  • Symptoms they may be experiencing
  • People ythey may have been in contact with 
  • How to avoid getting other people sick
Case interviewers will never ask for a Social Security Number, bank account information, or credit card numbers.

Translated Materials Including Videos on Contact Tracing
Contact tracing helps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Tracing means finding and talking to people who are infected with COVID-19 and then finding and talking to all the people they may have infected. If all of these people then stay home and away from others, they cannot spread the disease. It is important for them all to stay home, because even though some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, they still can give the disease to others. The videos below explain the process in 7 different languages:
Contact Tracing- Swahili
Contact Tracing- Hmong
Contact Tracing- Chinese
Contact Tracing- Spanish
Contact Tracing- Nepali
Contact Tracing- Vietnamese
Contact Tracing- Russian

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Last Verified On: 12/8/2020

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