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Updates From The Governor

Governor Tim Walz announced a Stay At Home Executive Order directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs from Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm to Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm. By limiting social interactions, we decrease the transmission of COVID-19 and help ensure our health care sector can prepare for increased demands.


“We must take bold action to save the lives of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “Having served as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, I know the importance of having a plan. While the virus will still be here when this order ends, this action will slow the spread of COVID-19 and give Minnesota time to ready for battle.”


Modeling released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and University of Minnesota predicts that more than 70,000 Minnesotans could die from COVID-19 if we take no action. The Governor’s two-week order to stay home is forecasted to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state to better prepare for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.


“We will work with our world-renowned health care sector, cutting-edge manufacturers, innovative business community, and strong-spirited Minnesotans across the state to tackle this virus head on,” Governor Walz continued. “These are trying times. But we are Minnesotans. We see challenges—and we tackle them. No matter how daunting the challenge; no matter how dark the times; Minnesota has always risen up—by coming together. If we unite as One Minnesota, we will save lives.”


What This Means for Minnesotans

Minnesotans may leave their home or residence only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice social distancing:

  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies

  • Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing

  • Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out

  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state

  • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household

  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home

  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location,
     if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons

  • Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation



The Minnesota Department of Health has community recommendations involving employers, assisted living facilities, schools and health care settings and large and small community events and gatherings. 


MN Dept of Health's Coronavirus Guide for Minnesotans






MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development Resources






The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. After you apply, we will let you know if you are eligible.

Apply for unemployment benefits as soon as you can; waiting may result in you losing some benefits.


You can apply online, Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or with our automated phone.

If you have questions, call one of our Customer Service representatives. We can assist you in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or any other language you prefer.


Customer Service representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 1-877-898-9090;
TTY users: 1-866-814-1252

Learn more here




No cost for COVID-19 testing for Minnesotans
enrolled through MNsure


All four medical insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing. Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans will have no costs associated with medically directed testing in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance.


MNsure encourages consumers to contact their insurance company directly for questions about plan benefit details and how best to access care.


Minnesotans with questions about COVID-19 should refer to the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for the most current information on the status of the virus in Minnesota and recommendations for preparedness planning.

Minnesota Department of Health
COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920
available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Centers for Disease Control
COVID-19 specific resources
Emergency preparedness


As a reminder, Minnesotans should also follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.


Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Avoid touching your face--especially your eyes, nose, and mouth--with unwashed hands.


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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Compiled by the Lake Street Council

Click here for a list of COVID-19 Resources for Businesses