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. Here's my statement on the $2.2 trillion emergency aid package, the CARES Act, that the House passed and was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The House also passed an interim funding bill to replenish small business relief, expand testing, and increase funding for personal protective equipment for our front line heroes. Here's my statement on that bill, which was signed into law on April 24, 2020. And the Heroes Act, introduced on May 12, would provide additional assistance for state and local governments to pay essential workers, as well as additional help for homeowners and renters, small businesses and nonprofits, and more. Read my full statement here.
In the weeks and months ahead, I'll keep working in Congress for additional assistance for American families, health care workers, tribal nations, state and local governments, higher education institutions, and small businesses.
While my office is closed to the public, staff are available remotely for questions, concerns, or casework matters that need direct assistance. Please note that my staff does not have regular access to incoming postal mail or faxes. Please 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 tips for telecommuting here and 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 Minnesota Department of Health here and the CDC here.
Manage your mental health:
- Minnesota Department of Human Services Food Emergency Resources
- Map of food pickup locations for Minnesotans
- Restaurants offering free meals for kids during school closings
- Information for Seniors from the MDH
- Information about Meals on Wheels
- Free Meals for Kids app can be downloaded at Apple or Google Play app stores.
- School district information on free meals for children during school closures:
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 and resources from Ramsey County and Washington County.
- Summary of resources from federal agencies
Minnesota Agencies and Governor's Office Resources:
- State of Minnesota COVID-19 Dashboard, with the latest information and updates on COVID-19 cases in Minnesota.
- Information on Gov. Walz's "Stay Safe" order here.
- Apply for MN Unemployment Insurance benefits.
- Apply online at uimn.org using this schedule:
If the last digit of your
Social Security number is:
Day of week Time 0, 1 or 2 Monday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 3, 4 or 5 Tuesday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 6, 7, 8 or 9 Wednesday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Minnesota was one of the first states to implement the additional $600 per week per person in expanded unemployment benefits and an extension of benefits to self-employed workers and independent contractors, provisions of the federal CARES Act emergency relief bill. The week of July 25 is the last week for Minnesotans to receive this extra benefit.
- Apply online at uimn.org using this schedule:
- Minnesota veterans and surviving spouses facing financial hardship because of COVID-19 can apply for a one-time Disaster Relief Grant or Special Needs Grant. Learn more and apply here.
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.
- Information for Minnesota Businesses and Organizations here.
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.
- Recent scam alerts and helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 5 things you can do to avoid a scam:
How You Can Help:
- FEMA guidance on donations and volunteering.
- Helping others in Minnesota.
- If you've recovered from COVID-19, you can help others by donating plasma! Learn more here.
- Sign up for Congresswoman McCollum's E-Newsletter here.