Read about city, county and state COVID-19 updates, including free testing locations, another round of small business relief grants, a new job connect program, and more.
City Will Not Offer Fall Parks and Recreation Programs
The City of Arden Hills will not be offering fall recreation programs due to COVID-19. City parks, trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, nature areas, and sport courts remain open and available for use. City staff is exploring options to resume winter recreation programs in January 2021.
Ramsey County Updates
COVID-19 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. Visit the County's website for more information.
Ramsey County Launches New Interactive Job Board
Ramsey County has launched the new Job Connect online job board to connect residents and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Job Connect has many unique features including the ability to search for jobs by transit accessibility, keyword and location using an interactive map. The job board highlights major industries in Ramsey County including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, construction and more.
A Mask for Everyone Initiative
Ramsey County’s COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team (RECERT) is launching a new initiative - A Mask for Everyone - to ensure that individuals and families, specifically racially, ethnically and culturally diverse communities, have access to a homemade mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19, accurate and up-to-date information about the importance of wearing a mask and instructions on proper use and care of homemade masks.
COVID-19 Saliva Testing Semi-Permanent Site Opening October 20 in Brooklyn Park
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the expansion of the state’s saliva testing program, including the opening of a new saliva testing site in Brooklyn Park on Tuesday, October 20. This site will 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.
The former Office Max building in the Starlite Center, 8085 Brooklyn Blvd, will host the saliva testing site. It will be the first saliva testing site to open in the metro area. Due to expected demand, it will be open seven days a week initially. For more info, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/saliva.html
State of Minnesota Announces Safe Learning Plan
Governor Tim Walz, along with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, have announced Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The plan uses a data-driven approach based on the number of COVID-19 cases in local communities to determine if classes should be in-person, distance learning or a hybrid model. Public health and state education experts will partner with local schools to help determine which of three learning model they should use to start the school year. Check with your local school district on their plans for the start of the school year.
Remember to Wear a Mask in Public Indoor Spaces and Business
As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene. For more information about face coverings and the Executive Order, please see the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.