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March 25, 2020

Greetings subscribers of the Center for Health Equity email list-

Please note that this is a forwarded message from the Minnesota Immigrant and Refugee Health Announcements email list.

Today's COVID-19 updates include: 

Status of COVID-19 in Minnesota

As of March 24, 2020

  • Positive: 262
  • Approximate number of completed tests submitted to the MDH Public Health Lab: 5812
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 21
    • Hospitalized as of today: 15
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 88

Numbers are cumulative since Jan. 20, 2020.

The number of lab-confirmed positive tests among Minnesota residents will be updated daily on Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with test results from the previous day. The page also includes numbers by county. 

The total number of cases is likely an underestimate, as we know the the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help us flatten the case curve.

Updates on MDH Multilingual Resources for COVID-19

  • The basic MDH overview of COVID-19 is now available in 20 languages (French, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, Tagalog, and Ukrainian were added to the existing languages since our last update)
  • The one-page “Health Care Resources” document tells how to access health insurance and low-cost clinics. The document was created by MDH with input from MNsure and the MN Department of Human Services. (Available in 20 languages: French, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, Tagalog, and Ukrainian were added to the existing languages since our last update)

Other New MDH Resources for COVID-19

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Community Settings

Visit Community Settings: COVID-19 to learn more about what these community settings can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Community- and faith-based organizations
  • Adult day and senior day centers
  • Jails and correctional facilities
  • Congregate living facilities (homeless shelters, group homes, residential treatment facilities, etc.)

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Visit Protecting Yourself and Your Family: COVID-19 for more information on what you can do to prepare, what to do if you or a family member gets ill, and who is at a higher risk for severe illness for COVID-19. This page also includes information and a new fact sheet about pets: Companion Animals and COVID-19 (PDF).

Other Updates

New Emergency Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities from various Foundations and Funds in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak:

Minneapolis Foundation

Minneapolis Foundation will be leveraging their OneMPLS Fund to support local community response to the pandemic. The OneMPLS Fund is a collective impact fund designed to be nimble and responsive, expanding on community equity investments by making more resources available to address emerging issues. Local organizations that are essential to the fabric of our community are beginning to face significant challenges in this time of uncertainty. OneMPLS will support services to address negative economic impact due to the COVID crisis with emphasis on vulnerable populations, those most effected such as older adults, those who lost their job, students, artists and others.

Contacts: Jo-Anne E. Stately and Patrice Relerford


MCF Disaster Recovery Fund

Eligible organizations are community intermediaries, such as local community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations, tribal nations, community development financial institutions, coalitions, networks, associations, and other intermediaries who have the knowledge to address specific needs in their communities, as well as the ability to be nimble and responsive in times of emerging needs. These organizations must have an existing grant-making or fund distribution process in place to get funds to individuals and families, nonprofit organizations, and/or small businesses. Intermediaries that are experienced and well positioned to redistribute funds. Most intermediaries will be nonprofits, intermediaries that receive funds may need administrative fees to sustain their organizational efforts. Examples include Springboard for the Arts, MIFs, Think Small, etc. as organizations that fund other organizations and individuals in need.

  • Prioritizing Minnesota intermediaries
  • Direct service nonprofits and individuals should NOT apply
  • Aim to review and fund applications weekly (next funding decision 3/27 applications due 3/25)
  • Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee made up of individuals with experience in disaster recovery, governor’s office, state agencies and other representative groups.
  • Non funded applications will be held and reconsidered
  • Over $5M fund with no minimum or maximum per grant funded (fund is open for public contributions online)
  • Application are a basic pdf. Complete this form and email to

Contacts: Susie Brown


Headwaters Foundation for Justice

First round of funding from the Community First Fund is aimed at current Headwaters Foundation for Justice Grantees. Current grantees include those that received a grant from Headwaters from 1/2018 to now. The fund will open to others pending contributions and need. Headwaters prioritize constituent led partners—led by and serve Black People, Indigenous People, and people of color (BIPOC), ability and gender identity. Those partner communities continue to absorb more social, political, and economic consequences than they did before the outbreak that include racial and economic hardship and injustice.

  • Constituent led means people most effected are in charge of decision making. 51% of board and staff is represented as the  effected constituency.
  • Application to be online this week at 
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and announced in 10 days or less
  • Current fund is $600,000 with projected grants to be $1000-15,000 per grant for general operations
  • Grants will be 6month responsive grants and any additional funds will be directed toward long-term effort

Contact Maria De La Cruz or Melissa Rudnick


Otto Bremmer Trust

In response to COVID-19, the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic. The fund will provide resources in the form of short-term loans, lines of credit, and emergency grants.

  • -Will accept applications with no intent to pay back (grant) but most agreements will be short term loan funds to be paid back as PRIs (they are open and looking for financial creativity)
  • -Loan terms: many products: lines of credit, loans to be repaid in 2-3 years with no hard parameters.
  • -Aim to review and fund applications weekly


Additional Funds:

United Way Response Fund

Based on the most urgent needs identified by Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 95 nonprofit community partners, United Way is prioritizing its fundraising around food; shelter; child care; sanitary and hygiene supplies; and financial assistance, and will direct funds to its existing nonprofit grantees.

Contact: Kelly Puspoki, Greater Twin Cities United Way


Updates from the nonprofit community

MCF and MCN will be sponsoring separate briefings with the Governor’s Office and will have open Q&A (provide questions before each session). March 30 session will be health and human services and direct service. Collecting messages in advance!

Foundations Wednesdays at 11:30

Nonprofits Monday 11:30

Register for events at for nonprofits sessions and for foundation sessions.


COVID-19 Public Hotline


Questions about COVID-19?

Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schools and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Interpretation services are available. 

MDH COVID-19 Web Pages in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish


A reminder that MDH now has COVID-19 pages in:

The websites have basic information on COVID-19 as well as links for materials, all in the target language. 



The “COVID-19 Anti-Discrimination” image below shares a basic message that people should not discriminate against anyone due to fear of COVID-19. MDH wants to make sure Minnesotans do not experience discrimination or barriers to service/care.

You can find the flier in the MDH COVID-19 Materials page

If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights: Call 651-539-1133 to speak with an investigator. The entire process is free. Interpretation and translation services are available.

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Reliable Sources for COVID-19 Information

We know information is changing quickly and there is a lot of incorrect information going around about COVID-19. Don’t believe everything you read or hear, even if someone says it’s from a reliable source. Check it out for yourself. Here are the best places to find accurate information:

We will work to provide additional updates in the coming days. Please check our MDH COVID-19 page for up-to-date information as well as the CDC COVID-19 website.


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