COVID-19

Your health and safety remain my primary focus in Congress, which is why I wanted to make sure you have the most up to date information about how to keep yourself, your family and your loved ones healthy. In addition, I have been working hard to ensure small businesses, families and anyone in need has access to relief. Please visit my social media pages and subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date with my work to combat COVID-19 and its devastating impacts.

If you are having a medical emergency call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 

Where can I receive updated information and learn more about COVID-19?

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

MDH is the state health agency in Minnesota. MDH updates their website daily with new information and tracks cases across Minnesota. Find updates on vaccine eligibility here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is a national public health federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC website has general information on the coronavirus, including coverage of the spread nationwide, a summary of the global pandemic, travel advisements and more.

 

Who should get tested for COVID-19?

The value of testing is to be able to identify as quickly as possible individuals who are COVID positive. To that end, Minnesota is dedicated to providing no-barrier access to COVID-19 testing for all who need it. Use the criteria below to find out if that includes you. 

Anyone with symptoms should seek out testing. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Read more about symptoms of COVID-19 and what you should do if you have symptoms.

  • Stay home when you are sick, whether you seek out testing or not. If you leave your home to get a test, wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from other people. The COVID-19 Test at Home program may be your best option for getting tested in the comfort of your own home.
  • If you have moderate to severe symptoms, do not visit a COVID-19 Community Testing Site. Call your doctor or other health care provider or go to the hospital. 

Anyone who was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should get tested.

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine). COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don’t spread the virus without knowing it. 

  • The safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. However, updated guidance from the CDC provides certain situations where you may consider ending your quarantine sooner. If you end your quarantine before 14 days, you must still watch for symptoms through day 14, and continue to wear a mask and social distance from others. Visit How and When to Quarantine or Isolate to learn more.

Anyone who has attended a one-time, high-risk activity, such as a large gathering or an indoor event with people you do not live with.

  • If you start to feel sick, get tested right away.
  • If you do not feel sick, get a COVID-19 test at least five days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been close to someone with COVID-19 (exposed), get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick.

Anyone who is actively engaged with people outside of their household or is working at places that remain open during the pandemic. This includes critical infrastructure, first responders, health care, retail, etc.

  • If you do not have symptoms and you have not been told you have been exposed to COVID-19, you are still at risk given how quickly the virus is spreading.
  • Make an appointment at a Community Testing Site. Plan ahead to find an available appointment, even if that includes looking at a testing location a little farther away.
  • The Test at Home program may also be a good option for those getting tested as part of a screening strategy. Ask your employer about how often you need to be tested.

Anyone who is returning to a classroom or campus should get tested.

  • This includes children returning to school, youth sports or extracurricular activities, as well as college and trade-school students returning to classes or campus.
  • Elementary school educators and school staff whose schools have returned to an in-person or hybrid learning model are eligible to participate in testing during their school's bi-monthly testing event.
  • Child care workers whose programs are participating in on-site testing through the state are also eligible to get tested.

 

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Minnesota has various testing options for COVID-19. Find details regarding testing here.

  • Find community saliva testing, as well as clinic or hospital locations here
  • No-cost at-home COVID-19 saliva testing is also available for Minnesotans. Learn more here.