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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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