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.

What you need to know about Coronavirus disease 2019 (PDF)

For more information about COVID-19:

Basic information on how to prevent the spread of COVID - 19

  1. Minnesota COVID-19 Model (PDF)
  2. Symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF)
  3. Stay Home if You’re Sick (PDF)
  4. Cover your Cough (PDF)
  5. Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
  6. Germ-Buster Wash Hands (PDF)
  7. How To Use Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF)
  8. Don’t spread germs-work employers (PDF)
  9. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF)
  10. Community Mitigation: Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (PDF)

Community Mitigation

State of Minnesota: Executive Orders regarding COVID-19

View all Executive Orders online at the Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s website.

Small Business Resources

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