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COVID-19 Update: May 28

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 27

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 News Release #31 - Nearly 360 Organizations Receive Emergency Health Care Grants to Help with COVID-19 Response

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awarded nearly $98 million in emergency health care grants to about 360 provider organizations across the state for preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update: May 22

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 19

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 18

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 15

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 14

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 13

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 12

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 11

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 8

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: May 7

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 News Release #30 - Focus in State Emergency Operations Center Remains on Coordination, Support and Providing Critical Services

Staff working in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) responding to the COVID-19 crisis continue coordinating donations, supporting meat processing plants, and helping state agencies as they work to continue providing services to Minnesotans affected by the pandemic.

COVID-19 Update: May 5

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 News Release #29 - Officials Remind Minnesotans to Continue Maintaining Social Distancing

Minnesota is adding more COVID-19 cases each day and turning the dial incrementally to bring back more business activity and other parts of the state’s economy in the coming weeks. To make this work, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is asking Minnesotans to continue focusing on maintaining social distancing.

COVID-19 Update: May 1

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: April 30

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 News Release #28 - State Officials Identify Alternate Care Site to Use Should Hospitals Reach Surge Capacity

State officials have identified an alternate care site in Roseville to use if hospitals need to make space for critical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update: April 28

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 Update: April 27

COVID-19 response updates from state agencies and volunteer organizations working in the State Emergency Operations Center.

COVID-19 News Release #27 - Governor, State Officials Remain Focused on Testing

Gov. Tim Walz announced a new COVID-19 testing website today that helps Minnesotans find testing locations in their communities. The site also provides an interactive screening tool to help people determine if they need a test.

COVID-19 News Release #26 - As Governor Announces COVID-19 Testing Breakthrough, Other Important Work Continues

Gov. Tim Walz called a ramp up in COVID-19 testing announced today “one tool in a toolbox that leads us in the right direction.” The new statewide testing strategy aims to test all symptomatic people, isolate confirmed cases, and expand contact tracing tools.

COVID-19 News Release #25 - State Agencies, Volunteer Organizations Focus on Helping Vulnerable Populations Affected by COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths rises across Minnesota, state and volunteer agencies continue working together to address issues like food shelf staffing, feeding school-age children and collecting plasma to help treat critically ill patients.

COVID-19 News Release #24 - Public/Private Partnerships Still Critical to Battling COVID-19 in Minnesota

State officials continue working with private partners and business officials to obtain personal protective equipment, increase COVID-19 testing capacity, and keep Minnesotans safe. That work includes monitoring outbreaks at congregate care settings and businesses.

COVID-19 News Release #23 - Golf Courses, Bait Shops Among Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Executive Order Issued Friday

Minnesotans now have more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic under an executive order Gov. Tim Walz issued Friday.

COVID-19 News Release #22 - Minnesotans, Businesses Still Supporting Each Other as COVID-19 Outbreak Continues

Minnesotans continue to volunteer, give blood, donate personal protective equipment (PPE) and take care of each other during the COVID-19. State agencies also have a variety of resources available for Minnesotans struggling financially or with feeding their families.

COVID-19 News Release #21 - Tornado Drill Day Will Happen Thursday as State Continues COVID-19 Response; Sirens Will Sound in Many Counties

While state agencies and volunteer organizations continue focusing on Minnesota’s COVID-19 response, emergency management officials are reminding people to take time this week to plan and prepare for severe weather.

COVID-19 News Release #20 - Hours for School, Child Care Hotline Change

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) staff have seen a decrease in calls to the school and child care question hotline and are scaling back the hotline’s hours as a result.

COVID-19 News Release #19 - Peacetime State of Emergency Extended Until May 13

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order today extending Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency another 30 days until May 13.

COVID-19 News Release #18 - Visit State’s COVID-19 Website for the Latest Information and Updates

Minnesotans looking for the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak are reminded to visit the state’s COVID-19 website. The site includes case data from the Minnesota Department of Health, response and preparation information, and Minnesota modeling data.

COVID-19 News Release #17 - State Officials Continue Focusing on Preparing Hospitals for Predicted Surge of COVID-19 Patients

Increasing surge capacity at Minnesota hospitals, accumulating more personal protective equipment (PPE) and establishing alternate care sites remain the top priorities for officials working in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

COVID-19 News Release #16 - State Agencies, Volunteer Organizations Continue Hard Work as Governor Extends Stay at Home Order Until May 4

Staff from state and volunteer agencies will continue working in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) following Gov. Tim Walz's announcement April 8 that he is extending his stay at home order until May 4 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

COVID-19 News Release #15 - Officials Warn Minnesotans Not to Ease Up on Social Distancing as Religious Holidays, Warmer Weather Arrive

While Minnesota appears to have a lower COVID-19 infection rate compared with other states, officials are asking residents to continue being vigilant with social distancing. Health officials acknowledge navigating upcoming holidays and continuing to stay apart from family and friends is difficult, but warn that abandoning social distancing could have severe consequences.

COVID-19 News Release #14 - Multiple Hotlines Available for Minnesotans to Report COVID-19 Concerns, Ask Questions​
A new helpline to report discrimination is now available in addition to four other hotlines for Minnesotans to raise COVID-19-related concerns and ask questions.


COVID-19 News Release #13 - State Coordinating with County Emergency Managers on COVID-19 and Other Disaster Preparedness

As COVID-19 increasingly affects Minnesota communities, the state is ensuring counties are not only ready for coronavirus but also natural disasters that may further strain emergency preparedness for keeping Minnesotans safe.

COVID-19 News Release #12 - State Will Seek Major Disaster Declaration to Secure Mental Health Funding for Minnesotans

The state will ask President Donald Trump for a major disaster declaration to help pave the way for federal crisis assistance funding for mental health care needed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 News Release #11 - Offers to Help Pouring in as Officials Continue Searching for Personal Protective Equipment

The search for personal protective equipment (PPE) remains a top priority for state officials as Minnesotans and Minnesota businesses continue to flood the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) with offers to help.


COVID-19 News Release #10 - Minnesotans Stepping Up to Help Others as COVID-19 Planning, Response Continues Statewide

Minnesotans and Minnesota companies continue stepping up and helping others during the COVID-19 outbreak as state officials and volunteer agencies continue working to make sure health care officials are ready for the predicted influx of COVID-19 patients across the state.


COVID-19 News Release #9 - Officials Continue Focus on Increasing PPE and Hospital Beds as Minnesota Reaches 10 Deaths

State officials continue the focus on locating more personal protective equipment and additional hospital beds as the number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota jumped to over 500 this past weekend.

As Minnesotans prepare for their first weekend under Gov. Tim Walz's stay at home order that goes into effect tonight, the Minnesota DNR is closing state campgrounds and reminding Minnesotans heading outdoors to continue practicing social distancing. Other state agencies and volunteer organizations are also offering tips as Minnesotans work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the state.


COVID-19 News Release #7 - Minnesotans Who Want to Help Are Encouraged to Visit the State Emergency Operations Center Website

Minnesotans looking to help during the COVID-19 outbreak can visit the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) website for a list of ways they can take action. The website includes information for businesses that would like to offer resources as well as individuals looking to donate supplies or volunteer.

COVID-19 News Release #6 - Gov. Walz Orders Minnesotans to Stay Home Starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday

Gov. Tim Walz announced today that he is ordering Minnesotans to stay home Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10 to help limit the spread of COVID-19 so the state’s health care system is prepared to care for those who fall critically ill.

COVID-19 News Release #5 - State Agency COVID-19 Response Actions

Staff from state agencies and volunteer organizations continue working to keep Minnesotans safe and coordinate efforts to provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 News Release #4 - State Agency COVID-19 Response Actions

Staff from state agencies and volunteer organizations continue working to keep Minnesotans safe and coordinate efforts to provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff from state agencies and volunteer organizations continue working in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to keep Minnesotans safe and coordinate efforts provide essential services and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to be fully activated to support all state agencies with their COVID-19 response following Gov. Tim Walz’s March 13 executive order issuing a Peacetime State of Emergency in response to the nationwide pandemic.​

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated following Gov. Tim Walz's March 13 executive order issuing a Peacetime State of Emergency in response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak.



Media

When the state emergency operations center is activated a joint public information center (JIC) is established. All official news about any state agency response will be generated from the JIC. The JIC will also conduct news conference, when needed, from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety media briefing room.
 
Reporters can contact the lead public information officer or the state JIC by phone or e-mail:
651-201-7478
Eoc.Pio.Lead@state.mn.us

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