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COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19 and How Does it Spread?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus not found in people before. The disease spreads by droplets or aerosols (tiny particles) from the nose and mouth when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or exhales. Although there are multiple ways for COVID-19 to spread, the most common way is through close contact, when droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. An infected person can also spread the disease when they have no symptoms.

As doctors and scientists continue to gather new information, it is important to take COVID-19 seriously and to keep working to slow the spread of the virus by:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Staying home when you can, even if you are not sick
  • Staying 6 feet away from others
  • Wearing a mask
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
  • At home, someone who is sick should stay alone and in one room as much as possible.

More information at Minnesota Dept. of Health.


Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

Common symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell

Less common symptoms - nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may be infected and never develop symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.

More information at Minnesota Dept. of Health.


The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

On February 18, Minnesota launched the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a new tool that will help all Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their shot. Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, regardless of their current vaccine eligibility status. There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up.

Minnesotans can sign up online or call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone. Translation is available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotline at 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone. 

Minnesotans will provide basic information to sign up for the Vaccine Connector such as contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment to determine their eligibility based on state guidelines. The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of safe and effective vaccines for protection against COVID-19. The Vaccine Connector sign up form includes questions about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural identification, and disabilities to help the state track and measure equity and fairness throughout the vaccine distribution process. These questions do have the option to select “prefer not to answer” or “none of the above,” and selecting these answers will not prevent you from signing up for the Vaccine Connector.


Additional Resources

  • A helpful, downloadable flyer with more information from the Minnesota Dept. of Health about the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.

  • The Governor has launched a public dashboard to help keep Minnesotans informed of important COVID-19 statistics. This includes cases by county, by gender, and by race.

  • COVID-19 has caused anxiety and stress, impacting the mental health and well-being of people across the United States. Change to Chill (CTC) by Allina Health and Hennepin County Public Health partnered in 2020 to promote mental well-being in youth and adults in Hennepin County. Find mental health resources from the 2020 CTC sessions for parents, teens, caregivers, and more, including resources for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ youth.

  • A helpful, downloadable flyer with more information from the Minnesota Dept. of Health about getting vaccinated and what to expect after being vaccinated.

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