Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in December 2019, and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. While many cases may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. The risk of severe illness seems to be higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
In an effort to help you find resources faster, we have included a number of different ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) below.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health will provide the most up-to-date information on specific numbers and spread of this disease.
For more information about COVID-19:
- Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 website
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 website
- Minnesota Department of Health public information hotline -
(651)-201-3920. Available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health school and child care questions: 651-297-1304. Available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Basic information on how to prevent the spread of COVID - 19
- Symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF)
- Stay Home if You’re Sick (PDF)
- Cover your Cough (PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
- Germ-Buster Wash Hands (PDF)
- How To Use Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF)
- Don’t spread germs-work employers (PDF)
- The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF)
- Community Mitigation: Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (PDF)
- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends restaurants and bars close for dine-in service through 5 p.m. on March 27.
- MDH recommends grocery stores/pharmacies/hardware stores/retail outlets with these services remain open with social distancing measures.
- MDH recommends non-essential retail outlets close, with the exception of those that choose to remain open on a limited bases to fill online or phone orders for pickup or delivery.
- MDH recommends venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other recreational activities close through 5 p.m. on March 27.
- MDH recommends public buildings remain open, so long as they can maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between persons.
- MDH recommends implementing the following mitigation strategies. These have been adapted from CDC: Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. You may also view Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota on MDH’s website.
State of Minnesota: Executive Orders regarding COVID-19
- Executive Order 20-20, Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home
- Executive Order 20-19, Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Implement a Distance Learning Period and Continue to Provide a Safe Learning Environment for Minnesota’s Students
- Executive Order 20-18, Continuing the Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation
- Executive Order 20-17, Clarifying Application of Executive Order 20-09 to Veterinary Surgeries and Procedures
- Executive Order 20-16, Directing Non-Hospital Entities to Inventory and Preserve Vital Medical Equipment During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
View all Executive Orders online at the Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s website.
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To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. Read on...
Other Resource Links
- COVID-19: What To Do If You Are Sick
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy FAQs
- COVID-19 and Children FAQs
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Community and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for COVID-19
- Preventing the spread of COVID - 19 in long-term care facilities
- The Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan: COVID-19 Updates
- University of Minnesota: COVID-19 Resources