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Program: Miscellaneous Minnesota Statewide COVID-19 Information, Materials, and Resources

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67323150
Alternate name: Minnesota Programs and Services

Executive Orders

Find the latest Executive Orders from Governor Walz here


CLUES-Comunidades Latinas En Servicio COVID-19 Hotline: Call or text (651)768-0000 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Provides information about COVID-19 resources, how CLUES programs and services are being affected, and what additional community resources are available.

Immigrants and Refugees Hotline: Call (651)318-0989 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Provides information about the COVID-19 pandemic and other services offered through the Resettlement Network, a part of a larger effort by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to fight disparities tied to COVID-19. Staff speak Amharic, Anuak, Arabic, French, Hindi, Karen, Lingala, Luganda, Mashi, Oromo, Somali, Spanish and Swahili. Language Line help is available for callers needing any other language.

Minnesota Attorney General's Office: Call or submit an online complaint form to report COVID-19 fraud (651)296-3353 or (800)657-3787 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Minnesota Black Community COVID-19 Hotline: Supports Minnesota’s African American community through the pandemic 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Callers can get information about virus testing sites, food security, physical and mental health, employment, housing, childcare, legal rights, and other COVID-19 related challenges. The hotline will also help callers looking for information and resources such as reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. As part of this new partnership the African American Leadership Forum and the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center will communicate with the Minnesota Department of Health and other partners to ensure that all other needs and resource gaps in the Black community stemming from the pandemic are addressed. Staff are on the line to answer questions and connect individuals and families with services. Call the hotline at (612)254-1145 with questions about COVID-19.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is open 24 hours/7 days a week for farmers and families. The service is free and confidential. Call the toll free number (833)600-2670.

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline for Community Mitigation (Schools, Child Care, Business) Questions: Call (651)297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline for Health and Testing Questions: Call (651)297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline for Housing Questions: Single Family Residences: (651)296-8125 or Multi-Family Residences: (651)297-4455 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Discrimination Helpline: Call (833)454-0148 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday or Report Online. Translation/interpretation services available. 

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Stay At Home Order Concerns: (651)793-3746 sahviolations@state.mn.us

Spanish/English COVID-19 Hotline: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to launch a COVID-19 hotline in Spanish and English. This statewide service provides culturally relevant information regarding COVID-19 to Latinx communities.

Call (651)304-6145 for assistance in Spanish with questions or concerns about:

•            Where to get tested
•            What to do while you wait for your results
•            How to manage if you've tested positive

Program coordinators and hotline specialists will offer resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local organizations.

COVID-19 Community Coordinators
COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) support Minnesotans who need COVID-19 information specific to their communities, including in their languages. Thus, CCCs are community-based organizations that help Minnesota’s diverse communities find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights. Coordinators contract with the State to serve communities hit hardest by COVID-19, including communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ communities, and Minnesotans with disabilities and unique health needs. For a complete list of Coordinators, click here.


Individuals can download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if they have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Visit website for more information and FAQs.
  • Step 1: Download the free COVIDaware MN app from the iPhone App Store or the Android Google Play Store
  • Step 2: Phone remembers other devices it meets, but won’t identify user to anyone
  • Step 3: Privacy is protected. No information that will identify the user will ever leave your phone
  • Step 4: App checks for positive COVID-19 cases every day
  • Step 5: App will notify user if they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculators
Helps individuals who have recently been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 decide the need to quarantine or isolate and for how long. Visit website.


Home Ownership Support
Minnesota Homeownership Center
During these uncertain times, homeowners can turn to this resource to protect their investment and housing stability. The Minnesota Homeownership Center has a network of FREE homeownership advisors who provide guidance about homeowners’ options, including how to contact mortgage lenders and request relief options. These supports are provided in multiple languages.

31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed to provide mortgage-relief options for eligible Minnesota homeowners impacted by COVID-19 who do not have a federally-backed mortgage who are not covered by CARES Act. The participating credit unions and banks will offer a 9-day forbearance period. Those who qualify for forbearance will not have to make a lump-sum payment at the end of the period and instead work on creating repayment options with the institution. There will be no late fees or negative credit reporting for customers under this plan. The following financial institutions have agreed to offer the mortgage relief options provided by this framework:
  • Accentra Credit Union
  • Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
  • Bremer Bank
  • Central Minnesota Credit Union
  • City & County Credit Union
  • Dawson Co-op Credit Union
  • Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union
  • Financial One Credit Union
  • First Alliance Credit Union
  • First Security Bank
  • Foresight Bank
  • HBI Employees Credit Union
  • Heartland Credit Union
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Members Cooperative Federal Credit Union
  • MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Minnco Credit Union
  • Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union
  • MN Catholic Credit Union
  • Mower County Employees Credit Union
  • North Memorial Federal Credit Union
  • NorthRidge Community Credit Union
  • Riverview Credit Union
  • South Metro Credit Union
  • TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • Two Harbors Federal Credit Union
  • US Bank
  • Virginia Co-Op Credit Union
  • Wakota Federal Credit Union
  • Wings Financial Credit Union
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Minnesota Eviction Process
5/17/2021 Update: Governor Walz issued an extension to the peacetime emergency for another 30 days. This means the suspension on evictions currently remains in place through Monday, June 14, 2021.

3/23/2020 Update: Governor Walz suspends all housing evictions, including rental. The order asks that tenants who can pay rent to continue to do so, but prohibits landlords and financial institutions from using state courts to begin eviction proceedings.

Hearings shall be held in the courtroom on an emergency basis in housing/eviction matters when there is a showing of individual, or public health or safety at risk. The parties and attorneys may appear remotely. In all other housing/eviction matters, the presiding judge is authorized to conduct the proceeding remotely or based on the parties' written submissions.

If a tenant has received an eviction notice or is being told by their landlord they need to move out for non-payment, they can complete the Tenant Eviction Complaint form located on the Minnesota Attorney General’s website

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Note: This agency does not provide direct services or financial assistance to families or individuals, it provides resources and information only.
Information and resources on Minnesota Housing. This site offers a variety of resources and information that can help renters, homeowners, landlords, and lenders. This includes FAQs and information in multiple languages. Visit website. Sign up to receive updates regarding COVID-19 housing assistance programs. Visit website.

City of Minneapolis
Hygiene Stations: Four new hygiene stations that provide access to bathrooms and handwashing stations for people experiencing homelessness. Each hygiene station includes a porta-potty, handwashing station, sharps container and trash bin. Locations:
  • All Nations Church 1515 East 23rd Street
  • Bryant and Broadway Avenue North
  • Hope Church 707 10th Avenue South
  • Lake Street/Midtown LRT Station
Hennepin County has also opened its South Minneapolis service center at 2215 East Lake Street for additional restroom access 7 am - 9 pm/7 days a week.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has opened four park restroom buildings, at Bryn Mawr, Marshall Terrace, Mueller and Willard Parks for people experiencing homelessness. The following restroom buildings will be open 8 am - 8 pm daily starting Friday, April 24, 2020:
  • Bryn Mawr Meadows Park, 601 Morgan Avenue South
  • Marshall Terrace Park, 2740 Marshall Street NE
  • Mueller Park, 2509 Colfax Avenue South
  • Willard Park, 1626 Queen Avenue North
Additional handwashing stations

The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center, DID, MAD DADS, the City and Hennepin County have partnered to open a safe space at Currie Avenue and 10th Street designed to help people experiencing homelessness safely comply with the state stay-at-home order.

Rochester Homeless Day Center: A day center has been created for people facing homelessness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Rochester, Olmsted County and local nonprofits have created the temporary center which is open 8 am - 8 pm/7 days a week in the Mayo Civic Center Exhibition Hall 30 Civic Center Drive SW Rochester, MN 55904. Enter building on Center Street, door #36. Individuals and families have access to the space and also food, water and bathrooms. Food is being provided by Channel One, Salvation Army, The Landing and local restaurants. Staff from throughout city government will be working at the day center.

Election Information
City of Minneapolis Polling Places
To help keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, 50 of 125 polling places in Minneapolis are moving for the 2020 primary and general election. The changes will help protect people living in residential facilities and provide more space to keep voters a safe distance from elections staff and each other. Registered voters will receive a postcard in the mail indicating their new polling locations. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s polling place finder can also provide voters their new polling places. These locations will be the same for the November 3 general election.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
1/18/21 Update:
Updated COVID-19 Waivers and Modifications Webpage Launches
In response to requests from county and tribal partners, health care providers, license holders and others who need a clear picture of how long temporary program waivers and modifications will remain in effect as a result of the federal health emergency and state peacetime emergency, important data now appears on the DHS website in a sortable grid and a filterable list.
The COVID-19 waivers and modifications grid allows site visitors to sort by posting date, anticipated expiration date and other important information. Clicking the arrow to the left of a waiver or modification reveals additional information like the number of times it was modified and when it is officially set to expire. 
If executive orders or federal actions extend the COVID-19 emergency, expiration dates for many existing waivers and modifications may change. In addition, new or amended program waivers and modifications may continue to provide necessary flexibilities until Minnesota moves beyond the pandemic. These lists will remain up-to-date as changes occur.

Under the Governor's Emergency Executive Order 20-12, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporary authority to waive or modify requirements so that the agency and its partners can continue to provide essential programs and services safely and without undue delay. List of Waivers and Modifications

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division - Communication While Wearing Masks
Provides guidance and options for anyone who would like to communicate better when wearing a mask, especially helpful for communicating with people with hearing loss. For more information, visit website.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP:
1/18/21 Update:
  • All Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food assistance programs who are currently receiving the maximum amount will soon see a 15% increase in their monthly food benefits. They do not need to do anything additional to receive this increase. Through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress increased the maximum SNAP benefit amount by 15% for January 1 through September 30, 2021 (date extended due to 3/12/21 American Rescue Plan Economic Relief Package). This means a family of four receiving the maximum benefit will receive $782 (an increase of $102).
  • mnFoodHelper: Families with children who have faced increasing food insecurity can connect with a SNAP specialist here and receive SNAP information and application assistance
  • In addition to administering the federally funded SNAP, Minnesota provides state-funded food benefits through the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), which combines cash and food benefits. SNAP and MFIP participants receiving the maximum benefit for their household size will be eligible for the 15% increase if nothing in their household changes. Minnesota county and tribal program eligibility staff will issue a supplemental payment to reflect the increase to food recipients who have already received their January payments. From February through June, the department will issue one payment monthly, reflecting the increase.
Beginning Thursday, May 28, 2020 participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase food through approved retailers. So far, these retailers include Amazon and Walmart. Customers do not need a credit or debit card on file to place orders with a SNAP EBT card. A different payment method (in addition to an EBT card) will be required to pay for items not eligible for SNAP purchase or to pay for any shipping fees and taxes. In addition, customers who are not able to leave their homes can authorize a representative to use their benefits to shop for groceries on their behalf. Apply for assistance and find more information at COVID-19 Emergency Food Support

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. 

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer website for more information regarding who is eligible for the 2020-2021 P-EBT Program, how much families will receive, and when and how they will receive it, frequently asked questions, what families need to do now, and more.
  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services expects to begin issuing P-EBT benefits in mid-April 2021
  • To receive benefits, a child must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or approved for free or reduced-price school meals through their school
  • There is no separate P-EBT application process for school year 2020-2021
  • Family eligibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from family eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program
  • Families can apply for free or reduced-price school meals by asking their child's school for an Application for Educational Benefits if a family is not already approved for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Families should contact their child's school with questions
Pandemic EBT Help Form is available in multiple languages for families to submit questions. The P-EBT Hotline will open on Monday, March 15, 2021. Questions about eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals should be directed to your child's school.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Campgrounds, group camps, and remote campsite at all state parks, state forests, and state recreation area are closed. This includes, camper cabins, yurts, overnight lodging facilities, group centers, trail centers, and other ancillary buildings, visitor centers, and state park contact stations. Campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas will reopen in a phased approach beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. The Minnesota waters, hunting season, state parks, public land, and public water accesses will remain open. For additional information visit website.

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Information on tax filing deadlines: Click here for information.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Recipients of state financial aid will see increased flexibilities and benefits. Click here for information.

MNsure has a new special enrollment period option which opens Tuesday, February 16 and runs through Monday, May 17, 2021 that allows Minnesotans to enroll in private coverage. Individuals may qualify if:Contact MNsure Contact Center. Individuals need to apply within 60 days after the income decrease.

State of Minnesota COVID-19 Website
Provides the latest information on COVID-19 for the state including what to do if an individual is sick, most recent data, state response, resources, FAQs and how individuals can protect themselves. Visit website.

City of Minneapolis COVID-19 Website/Dashboard
Provides the latest information on daily and cumulative COVID-19 cases for the City of Minneapolis. Visit website.

University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
CIDRAP is tracking and analyzing the rapidly evolving worldwide outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease that originated in China. The CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center provides a deep well of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials, and the public.

University of Minnesota National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Funded by the CDC, supports state and local health departments working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
  • Collects, develops, and disseminates best and promising practices
  • Develops and disseminates linguistically and culturally appropriate health communications
  • Creates online training and other resources for public health professionals
  • Supports pilot projects between health departments and community-based organizations
  • Disseminate resources widely and facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Provide direct support to state and local health departments
  • Vaccine Central Provides checklists and guides for health departments; promising practices that promote making vaccine accessible; community partnerships; learning from RIM communities; fact sheets (with translations); and culturally and linguistically appropriate videos
Farm Bureau
The Farm Bureau has information for farmers and those in agriculture regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on business. They also have updates that individuals can subscribe to read.

National Farmers Union
Information on what they are working on regarding COVID-19 as well as other resources for farmers 

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Website dedicated to information on COVID-19 in relation to agriculture 

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