Hotlines

The Minnesota Department of Health has established two public hotlines about the COVID-19 virus. Both lines are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • For health questions, call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
  • For community mitigation questions (schools, child care, business), call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Minnesota Department of Health
Ramsey County
Unemployment information

Vaccine

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines is still a work in progress, with frequent changes in plans. Recently, the state announced a new vaccine-finding website, https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/, and reopened the lottery for senior citizens to get vaccinated. Watch for further updates.

Testing

As of March 2021, the state of Minnesota is recommending that schoolchildren and their families get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks as more students return to the classroom. This recommendation applies to children that leave home for learning, youth sports or extracurricular activities.

Testing sites in Ramsey County

Job search resources

Community Career Labs in Ramsey County now offer virtual job seeker services for those who prefer to connect remotely. Six in-person labs also provide reservation-based computer access, printing and copying, digital literacy programs, job search and resume assistance, and other workforce support programs. Info and reservations

Other resources and assistance

Ramsey County basic need resources for COVID-19
Ideas for restaurant and grocery delivery
United Way (Referrals and emergency assistance)
A map of local food shelves and other food resources
A map of places for children to get a free meal
A list of restaurants and programs offering food to families in need
A document from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) with answers to common questions, with a focus on mental health
Zoom training webinars (Zoom is becoming a common tool for online conversations and meetings)

Other local news

  • Lunds and Byerly’s is asking shoppers to please reserve 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. store hours for individuals most at risk of being compromised by COVID-19, for example, the elderly and people with respiratory issues or other immune system challenges. Learn more here.
  • Both Roseville and St. Paul School Districts will be providing breakfast and lunch for students who need meals. Students and families should be receiving an email regarding this, but if you are aware of families who may not have access to this information, please spread the word. Each district has specific information on their websites regarding meal locations and deliveries. We thank the school districts and our partner, Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story), for working to ensure kids still have access to healthy meals during this time.

Inspiration and other activities

Ideas to keep kids entertained during the outbreak

If you know of any more resources that you’d like to share, please send them to [email protected]

Updated 3/3/2021