All Minnesotans are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when able. Vaccines protect you and can help protect those around you by minimizing viral spread. Vaccines are distributed through hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and at special vaccination events.
While COVID-19 is circulating, the CDC recommends that everyone practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear masks that cover the mouth and nose when in public to slow the spread of this disease. Click here for the latest CDC recommendations.
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a novel, or newly-discovered, coronavirus that was identified in humans in 2019. There are a lot of coronaviruses, and they cause about a third of the cases of what we call the common cold. Coronaviruses often cause upper respiratory tract illnesses, and they’re found in humans and animals.
COVID-19 produces symptoms similar to other, more common illnesses, many of which are in our community. Symptoms are sometimes mild or moderate but can also be life-threatening, especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems. Long-term effects for survivors are not yet known. Because this is a new virus in humans, we’re still learning about it. The situation and our understanding of it is changing constantly. Variants of COVID-19 have also emerged, which can complicate the situation.
Since July 25, 2021, Minnesotans have been required to wear masks in indoor public locations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, continue to wash your hands, get tested when sick, stay 6 feet away from others, and stay home when you can.