COVID-19 Information

Free N95 masks and Rapid Antigen Tests available to Mille Lacs County residents. 

Please pick up at the Community & Veteran Services Office at 525 2nd Street SE, Milaca. Supplies are limited and masks and tests are distributed on a first come, first served basis until gone.

N95 Maskrapid test

No vaccination clinics are scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates or use Find My Vaccine/COVID-19 Updates and Information to find the closest provider near you. 

COVID-19 Testing Options

  • FREE iHealth COVID-19 Take Home Rapid Antigen test kits at CVS while supplies last.
    • iHealth Expiration Extension - On Mar 29, 2022, the FDA granted a three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. Please visit the website to check your kits new expiration date.
  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites
  • Order a test through the state’s free at-home COVID-19 testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
  • Find a testing option near you through the state’s Find Testing Locations map: Find Testing Locations.
  • Every U.S. home is eligible to order 2 SETS of four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. 
    • Second round of COVID Tests available to public: Starting in March, U.S. households may order their second set of four free at-home COVID-19 tests, via the COVIDtests.gov website or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). 

COVIDtests.gov - Free at home COVID-19 tests


If You Are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html for guidance and resources.

To determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other prevention steps, please reference the link below: 

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator | CDC

Please note that the Q&I Calculator is not for people with COVID-19 who are moderately or severely ill or those who have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised)—they should talk to their doctor about when to end isolation.

Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic and COVID-19 information:

Please check back here for the most up-to-date information on vaccine opportunities.

If you need additional assistance with scheduling your appointment or have any questions, please call Mille Lacs County @ 320-983-8448.

To schedule an appointment with Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, please call 320-532-3154.

Missed your second dose and need to schedule? Contact Heidi Culbertson at heidi.culbertson@millelacs.mn.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy

People who are pregnant can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • We know that pregnant people are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease compared to non-pregnant people.
  • Based on how the COVID-19 vaccines work in the body, medical researchers do not think that the vaccines are a risk for people who are pregnant. But, we do not have much data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people.
  • If you are pregnant, you can choose to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • You may want to talk with your health care provider to help you decide whether to get vaccinated, but it is not required.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for people who want to have a baby one day.

    If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.

    We do not have any data to say that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

    There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Boosters

Most Recent News: FDA Authorizes Second Booster Dose 

CDC Recommends Additional Boosters for Certain Individuals: Following FDA’s regulatory action, CDC is updating its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. 

*All Minnesotans age 18 and older are recommended to get a booster shot. The timing of your booster shot depends on the vaccine you received for your initial vaccine series.

If you got Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

All Minnesotans age 18 and older should get a booster shot at least 2 months after their first dose.

If you got Pfizer or Moderna vaccine:

All Minnesotans age 18 and older should get a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Officials also authorized "mixing and matching" COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) – regardless of what vaccine they received for their primary series.

Talk to your health care provider about your risk, the need for a booster dose, and any questions about mixing and matching doses.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective, especially at preventing serious illness and death. However, evidence is showing that boosters for all adults, given at the appropriate time after your primary vaccination series, can help extend the protection and keep it at a higher level.

If you are eligible to get a booster shot, refer to Find Vaccine Locations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For More information about the COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit:  
- Minnesota Department of Health Website
- CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Additional Vaccine Resources:

  1. Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC) 
  2. COVID-19 Vaccination (CDC) 
  3. Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccines Work (CDC)
  4. Ensuring Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination (CDC)
  6. How we will know the vaccine is safe (MDH)
  7. Rare Severe Allergic Reactions (CDC)
  8. About COVID-19 Vaccine (MDH)
  9. Answering Your Questions About the New COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
  10. Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
  11. Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
  12. CDC public health recommendations for vaccinated persons (CDC)
  13. Continuing the Journey of a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC) Infographic about how a COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for public use and how safety continues to be monitored
  14. COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program
  15. COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for People Who Are Pregnant (CDC)
  16. COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard (GOV) Information about data, dashboard definitions, and downloadable datasets can be found on this page under the dashboard.)
  17. COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Planning (MDH)
  18. Finding Credible Vaccine Information (CDC)
  19. Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19 (MDH) Patient education resource.
  20. Help us get all Minnesotans signed up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector (PDF)
  21. Questions and Answers: COVID-19 Vaccines for School and Child Care Staff (GOV)
  22. Vaccine Distribution and Administration (GOV)
  23. Vaccine Hotlines (GOV)
  24. V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
  25. What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)