Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Fourth District residents,
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, many people are wondering where to find information they can trust to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe. These are unprecedented times, and though it can feel overwhelming, we will get through this – and each of us has a role to play. My hope is that the resources below are helpful and informative for you as we navigate the coming days, weeks, and months and take on the challenge of slowing the spread of this disease.
Find information on our office closures and who to call if you or a loved one needs help getting home from overseas here. Read the letter from the entire Minnesota Congressional Delegation to Minnesotans about our shared commitment to keeping you safe. And read up on my priorities as we continue to work on federal emergency relief measures to safeguard the health and security of Americans. When available, I'll also share an update on the $2 trillion emergency stimulus package expected to be signed into law in the coming days, and how that will benefit Minnesotans.
If you have questions or concerns that aren't addressed here, or need help with other casework matters unrelated to coronavirus, please take a moment to call my St. Paul office at 651-224-9191 or send a message here.
Member of Congress
Slow the spread ("flatten the curve") by following CDC recommendations:
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- If you are able, work from home (find security tips for telecommuting here).
- Practice social distancing best practices, like avoiding groups, social events, and staying at least 6 feet apart from other individuals in all public places.
- More information here.
What to do if you get sick:
- Stay home and self-manage symptoms if you can.
- If your illness worsens, seek medical care. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
- More information from the CDC here.
Manage your mental health:
- Resources available here.
Find the latest information and updates from these trusted sources:
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Additional information is available from Ramsey County and Washington County.
- Summary of resources from federal agencies
Minnesota Governor's Office Resources and Agencies:
- NEW: Information on Gov. Walz's "Stay at Home" order here.
- Find a list of Gov. Walz's Executive Orders here.
- Listen to Gov. Walz's press conferences here.
- Apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
- Sign up for health insurance during MNsure's Special Enrollment Period (March 23-April 21, 2020).
Minnesota Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotlines:
- General questions: 651-201-3920
- School and child care questions: 651-297-1304
Resources for Small Businesses:
- MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) information on applying for SBA disaster loans and information on the state Emergency Loan Program.
- Guidance for small businesses from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Constituents Stranded Abroad:
Protect Yourself From Scams:
- Information from the IRS. *Do not give out your Social Security Number or other personal information to any entity claiming that you need to "sign up" to receive a federal stimulus check.*
- Information from the FBI on avoiding phishing, airline refund scams, fake testing kits, and more.
- Information on avoiding Medicare and Social Security scams.
- Helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
How You Can Help:
- Sign up for Congresswoman McCollum's E-Newsletter here.