Students Returning to School and Their Families Should Be Tested for COVID-19 Every Two Weeks until End of School Year
February 24, 2021—Health officials are asking Minnesotans with children in school to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until the end of the school year. The recommendation applies to all youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities. While it is not a requirement, health officials say regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.
In addition to students and their families, health workers, teachers, child care providers, and people who participate in youth extracurricular activities are encouraged to routinely be tested.
Parents are encouraged to use at-home saliva tests, community-based screening sites, and their health care providers to access tests. State officials say testing options will be expanded in schools and other settings to help more people get tested more easily. To date, Minnesota has screened more than 7.2 million samples from 3.4 million people for COVID-19.
COVID-19 community testing sites
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Mark Your Calendar: Test Every Two Weeks
Sign Up for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Tracking App
November 23, 2020—Governor Tim Walz announced a new tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference today: 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.
For more information about how the app works, visit covidawaremn.com.
Aid and Assistance Is Available
Residents looking for updated information and relief opportunities regarding COVID-19 should visit Ramsey County's website to apply for any available aid. Aid for eligible residents may include resources for housing assistance, automobile repair, food support, and early childhood learning vouchers. Ramsey County is the local expert when it comes to Public Health resources. The county has relief available for both residents and businesses, and provides information from other agencies, such as the State of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).