COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
***Ramsey County COVID-19 Resources and Assistance (PDF) in multiple languages format.
Community Testing Sites
Community testing sites/events are offered by Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health in partnership with local community organizations to provide safe and free COVID-19 testing. More information can be found on the County's Website.
The state's saliva testing program has been expanded to include a location in Brooklyn Park beginning October 20. The sites offer free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested, as part of the state’s strategy to provide easy access to quick, reliable testing. For more info, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/saliva.html
Free COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Released by the State
November 23, 2020—Governor Tim Walz announced a new tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference on Monday, November 23—a Bluetooth-enabled mobile app called COVIDaware MN. The COVIDaware MN app seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 by notifying more Minnesotans—more rapidly—of possible exposures to COVID-19, so they can take action to protect their communities.
Minnesota is the 17th state to formally launch an exposure notification app, which has proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in other states.
The app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19; and if you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location.
How it works
When you choose to use the completely voluntary COVIDaware MN app, it will anonymously notify you when you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you opt in to the notification system, the app creates anonymous keys unique to your phone that change every 10 to 20 minutes.
The app—without collecting, sharing, or using any identifiable information or location data—uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to exchange privacy-protected keys between you and other users that you come into contact with. The app then cross-references the keys exchanged with your device with a list of the anonymous keys that reported a positive COVID-19 test.
If there is a match, the app notifies you of the possible exposure and provides instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health about what you should do to keep yourself and people around you safe.
Privacy and availability
The app is opt-in only, and you must explicitly choose to download the app and turn on notifications, which you can also turn off at any time. The system does not collect any device location data or user identity information. Users make the decision to anonymously report a positive diagnosis to the app.
The app uses technology developed by Google and Apple, and those companies will disable the exposure notification system on a regional basis when it is no longer needed. The free app is available for download from the iPhone App Store and the Android Google Play Store.
For more information about how the app works, visit covidawaremn.com.
City Council, Committee, and Commission Meetings
City Council, Committee, and Commission meetings will return to in-person status as determined by the City Council on March 21, 2022. Please sign up for alerts and check the City website, News Flashes, social media, and other communications for further updates and potential changes.
Sign up for Alerts
To receive COVID-19 email or text updates from the city, visit Notify Me and then scroll the Alert Center and City News to sign up for the latest announcements.