COVID-19 Situation Summary
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We are continuing to learn more about the virus and variants. Anoka County Public Health and Environmental Services continues to partner with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to maintain the most up-to-date information and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for the most up-to-date information.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Practice good handwashing
- Disinfect surfaces
- Follow CDC recommendations for travel
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or if you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Isolation and Exposure Guidance
If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed COVID-19. Individuals should also isolate if they are sick and suspect they have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. For detailed guidance on isolation visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. If you were exposed to COVID-19, follow the steps on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) If You Were Exposed website.
- Testing remains an important tool for keeping COVID-19 from spreading. There are several COVID-19 testing resources available, including community (rapid and saliva) and at-home testing.
- Health care systems, clinics, pharmacies, local public health, and other private labs are offering free testing for Minnesotans. Visit Find Testing Locations website for a list of participating sites.
- Insurers are required to cover the cost of up to eight at-home COVID-19 test kits per month for enrollees. Check with your insurance company about ways to get free rapid testing from pharmacies.
Prescription medication is available for Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting very sick because of older age or underlying health conditions.
These medications, also called treatments, can help prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. If you are at high risk and test positive, it is important to get medication right away to prevent serious illness.
A way to access COVID-19 medication, especially if you do not have a health care provider, is by visiting pharmacies or health care providers participating in the nationwide Test to Treat program. There, you can take a COVID-19 test and, if positive, be assessed by a provider on-site. If you are eligible for treatment, you can receive and fill a prescription for pills at the same time.
One-stop Test to Treat sites are available at many locations across Minnesota, including pharmacies and federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs). Some of Minnesota’s community testing sites are now test-to-treat sites offering COVID-19 pills to patients. Find a location near you at COVID-19 Community Testing sites.
People can continue to be tested and treated by their own health care providers who can appropriately prescribe these antiviral pills at locations where the medicines are distributed.
- COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, effective and free. Vaccinations protect individuals from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. Even if you've already had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated.
- Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters when eligible, is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19. This means everyone:
- Age 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.
- Age 5 years and older should get all COVID-19 series doeses, plus the most recent booster dose recommended to them.
- Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) About COVID-19 Vaccine website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens website.
- Visit Find Vaccine Locations website or Vaccines.gov website to find clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccinations near you.
Up-to-Date Health Information
To receive up to date health information please follow the following links:
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) About COVID-19 (English version)
- Center for Disease Prevention and Control Recommendations
- TPT Almanac Special: Coronavirus Resources (multi-lingual resources)
Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Resources
Anoka County SHIP has compiled a variety of resources to support the community during this time. Resources are organized by topic area and include food access, physical activity, tobacco cessation, mental well-being, and violence prevention. There are also resources specific to youth/families, seniors, food shelves, schools, and workplaces. View SHIP resources here.
Resources for Senior Citizens
- ACCAP 763-783-4707
- Senior Linkage Line 800-333-2433
- Additional Senior Resources
- PDF of phone numbers, please be aware some listed resources have limited to no available service due to closures.
Anoka County Printable PDF Health Posters
Minnesota Department of Health Materials and Resources
- MDH Materials and Resources
- Video PSA, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19
Avoid Scams Related to Coronavirus
- Online scam resource
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