Coronavirus Information

Beginning March 30th, all Minnesotans are eligible to receive a free vaccine for COVID-19.

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.

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Resources & Information

  • MN Vaccine Connector

    Sign up to receive updates when a vaccine appointment may be available for you.

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  • MN Vaccine Locator Map

    Search for hospitals and pharmacies that offer vaccines in your area.

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  • Southwest Health & Human Services

    Southwest Health & Human Services provides health resources to SWMN and coordinates local vaccination events.

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  • Vaccination in Minnesota

    Learn about COVID-19 vaccines in Minnesota, including availability and distribution.

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  • COVID-19 Testing

    Learn about getting tested for COVID-19, including locations, who should get tested, and what you should do after.

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  • City of Marshall

    Updates, including facility closings, from the City of Marshall.

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  • Information from Avera

    Updates and recommendations from our local hospital. If you have concerns, please call Avera's Covid-19 hotline number before visiting: 1-877-AT-AVERA.

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  • Marshall Public Schools

    Information from MPS, including meal distribution (available to all ages 18 and under) and distance education updates.

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  • SMSU's FAQ and Resources

    Information from Southwest Minnesota State University on preventative measures and updates.

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  • United States CDC

    Information from the US Centers for Disease Control

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  • CDC Situation Summary

    A frequently-updated page from the CDC on the current COVID-19 situation.

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  • CDC FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about COVID-19, answered by the US CDC.

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  • Minnesota Department of Health

    Minnesota-specific information from the Minnesota Department of Health

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  • Mayo Clinic News

    Information from our own Mayo Clinic concerning COVID-19.

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  • MPR News

    Updates on Minnesota's situation and response to COVID-19.

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  • Social Distancing from Avera

    Avera recommends "social distancing" to limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about it here.

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  • John Hopkins University & Medicine

    Global public health information from John Hopkins' infections disease experts.

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  • Handwashing videos

    Videos from the CDC to explain one of the most effective methods of prevention for all respiratory illnesses: good handwashing habits.

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  • If you're stressed ...

    The CDC has recommendations and resources on lowering your stress and that of your loved ones.

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  • Online Library Materials

    Don't forget: you have access to all sorts of library materials--free of viruses and bacteria--from home. Explore them here.

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