COVID-19 FAQ

Knowing the facts about COVID-19 can protect you, your family and your community. The Minnesota Department of Health has online resources which address frequently asked questions.

Slowing the spread

In March, Governor Walz issued an executive order directing residents statewide to stay at home and limit movements outside the home beyond essential needs. Activities that are considered essential include health and safety, some outdoor recreational pursuits, purchasing supplies and the care of others, to name a few. See a full list at blm.mn/C-19needs. And if you have to leave your home, practice social distancing to keep at least six feet away from other people.

COVID-19 in Minnesota

Want to find out what is happening with COVID-19 in Minnesota? Find the number of documented cases by county and more at blm.mn/C19situation. You can also sign up to receive email or mobile alerts when data is updated at blm.mn/c-19update.

Symptom self-checker

The free coronavirus self-checker is a guide to help you make decisions and weigh considerations about appropriate medical care. Take a COVID-19 assessment at blm.mn/C19check. Note: The self-checker system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19. If you have symptoms and can manage those symptoms at home, do so. If you are older or have underlying medical conditions, let your health care provider know you are sick. Seek medical care right away if your illness worsens, for example if you have difficulty breathing. 

Stay safe while getting groceries

Even during the COVID-19 outbreak, we all need to get food and supplies. Take a look at these reminders on how to shop for groceries with safety in mind.

  • Shop online if possible.
  • Write a list ahead of time to make sure you get in and get out quickly.
  • Minimize the number of trips you make to the store.
  • Check store hours. Some stores are open early for seniors.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.
  • Practice safe social distancing.
  • Use sanitizer wipes on the carts.
  • Just buy what you need.
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad).
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with water.