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COVID-19 response

You can access county services by phone, online, email, mail, drop off, or fax.

Requirements when visiting county buildings

  • All staff and customers must wear a face covering that covers both nose and mouth.
  • Face shields alone are not enough.
  • Staff and customers who wear a face shield must also wear a face covering underneath.
  • Stay 6 feet apart.
  • Do not enter county buildings if you are sick.
  • Learn more about requirements when visiting county buildings.
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Hennepin County Public Health is working to prioritize vaccinating people and groups not covered by other vaccine providers. We look forward to helping ensure that all people in Hennepin County who want the vaccine can get it. We thank everyone for their patience as we move through this challenging process with limited supply.

Information about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Hennepin County works in collaboration with communities to provide safe and free COVID-19 community testing events in areas with outbreaks, increasing cases, or other barriers to access. 

Upcoming Hennepin County events

There are no events scheduled right now.

Partner with us

If your organization would like to collaborate with Hennepin County to run a COVID-19 testing event, fill out the survey here and we will be in touch.

Testing information

Who can get tested

  • Community testing is free, and you do not need insurance, identification, or citizenship.
  • If you have insurance, we will your bill insurance. There will be no patient responsibility to pay.
  • You can get tested if you have symptoms or if you don’t have symptoms but think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

What to bring

  • Wear a face mask. Face masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • If you pre-registered online, bring your confirmation text or email if you can. If you pre-completed a paper registration form, bring that form to the event.
  • You do not need to show insurance, identification, or citizenship information. However, insurance will be accepted if it’s available.

What to expect at an event

  • If you did not pre-register online or pre-complete a paper registration form, you will complete a registration form at the event.
  • You will need to provide your name and contact information so we can reach you with your test results.
  • Testing sites follow physical distancing and proper cleaning to keep you safe.
  • If this is a drive-up testing event, please stay in your car and follow all signs and staff directions in order to keep everyone safe.
  • If the event allows drive-up and walk-up appointments, walk-up appointments will be done in an area away from the vehicle lanes to keep you safe.
  • A health care worker will gently insert what looks like a long Q-tip into your nose and swirl it for a few seconds. It will then be removed, put in a vial, and sent to a lab for testing.

After you are tested

  • Follow these instructions: What to do while you are waiting for your results (PDF)
  • You should get your results back within three days. Sometimes there are delays.
  • You will get a text or email telling you how to view your test results when your results are ready.
  • If your test is positive: You will also receive a phone call from a nurse, health care worker or epidemiologist. Please make sure to answer your phone.
  • The results of your test are not shared with anyone outside of your public health department.

Additional Minnesota testing event information

COVID-19: Español (Spanish)

COVID-19: Hmoob (Hmong)

COVID-19: Oromo

COVID-19: Soomaali (Somali)

Hennepin County helpline flyer

Hate crime resource flyer

Immigration resource flyer

Language resources from Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health has more COVID-19 information in multiple languages.

Funding comes from the federal CARES Act. The county received about $220 million and is using the funds in several ways in response to COVID-19.

Recent actions   

  • $1.5 million allocated for the continuation of public information, engagement, and outreach regarding COVID-19
  • Rescind allocations that were used in 2020 to purchase properties providing alternative living accommodations for homeless individuals and county-dependent individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; authorize the use of 2020 fund balance for these property purchases

Businesses

$27.9 million for small and self-employed businesses

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program

  • Providing grants to 985 businesses totaling $9.3 million to date
  • Providing culturally specific outreach and technical assistance
  • Small business relief programs

$700,000 to establish a network that will aid businesses in COVID-19 recovery by providing peer-to-peer business roundtables, hosting critical topics series, and matching businesses with specialized technical assistance and coaching

$25.3 million from the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 relief grant to support businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19

$8 million to support local restaurants and bars during the COVID-19 crisis

Community organizations

$2.5 million to support non-profit and community organizations providing expanded safety net services due to COVID-19

Education

Funding is targeted for youth involved in county systems, such as child welfare and corrections.

$1.5 million for distance learning

  • Purchasing devices, hotspots, and cell phones
  • Investing in broadband in places where many youth are without connectivity

$2.5 for educational support

  • Education planning, monitoring, coaching, and tutoring
  • Coordinating with school district staff, child welfare, Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, Be@School staff, and related professionals
  • Arranging for other needed services
  • Building problem-solving and self-advocacy skills 
  • Developing support networks

Homelessness and Housing

$2.2 million to the Indoor Villages project, which will consist of 100 tiny structures inside a warehouse building (provides individual living space for each resident and connects them with supportive services)

$3.2 million to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness

$3.5 million to provide a low-barrier emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

More than $20.6 million for safer shelter at hotels

  • Operating three hotel sites for people who cannot safely self-isolate
  • Working with Americorps to operate two hotel sites for seniors and people with underlying health conditions
  • Operating two hotel sites for people staying in shelter who have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 

$7.3 million for an affordable housing stabilization fund

$1.3 million for culturally specific support

Efforts are targeted for the Native American community, which is disproportionally affected by homelessness.

  • Providing crisis outreach and housing navigation to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness
  • Connecting people to housing and shelter more rapidly
  • Support low-barrier housing

$3.6 million to purchase alternative living spaces for people experiencing homelessness

Food security

$3 million to food banks and other organizations 

Human services

$2.5 million for non-profits and community organizations

  • Supporting organizations that serve individuals, families, and youth involved in county systems
  • Providing funding for facility adaptations, technology, supplies, and PPE

Jobs

$2.5 million for job search resources

  • Allocating funding to organizations serving people who are experiencing income loss due to COVID-19
  • Partnering with Twin West Chamber of Commerce to create an app that connect people with open jobs/careers

Licensing service centers

$3 million to reduce backlog

  • Modifying spaces at Brookdale, North Minneapolis Hub and Ridgedale, and potentially another location
  • Hiring staff and providing PPE and cleaning supplies
  • Providing technology including an online payment system, electronic locker system, and chat/instant messaging

Outreach

$2.3 million for a public outreach campaign

Public health

$1.7 million for multidisciplinary approach to combat COVID-19

  • Hiring/contracting staff to provide mobile testing
  • Hiring staff for contact tracing and investigation
  • Supply PPE for staff

$44 million to Hennepin Healthcare for COVID-19 expenses from March through July

Rental and housing assistance

$15.7 million for emergency assistance for renters and homeowners

  • Targeting renters with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income
  • Helping an expected 9,000 residents maintain stable housing during the pandemic

$5 million to establish a program that will allow rental property owners to apply for emergency rental assistance on behalf of tenants who cannot pay due to COVID-19

Technology

$5.2 million in CARES funding to provide low-cost laptops to youth, adults and seniors who are participating in distance learning, pursuing employment or accessing county services and telehealth options

Testing

$100,000 to provide increased COVID-19 testing, follow-up services, and education to long-term care facilities.

$1.9 million to purchase saliva test kits from Vault Health and Hennepin Healthcare and $425,000 to Hennepin Healthcare to increase testing.

Voting

$3.5 million for absentee voting

  • Educating and encouraging voters to vote absentee
  • Counting increase in absentee ballots
  • Implementing public health measures in polling places
  • Recruiting polling place staff

$1 million for mailing absentee ballots and hiring additional seasonal staff to support absentee voting in the general election

$1.2 million to support the election, the majority of which Hennepin County will pass along to cities

Youth programs

$3 million to support summer youth programs

  • Helping organizations safely provide youth programs and organized youth sports
  • Supporting facility adaptations, technology, supplies and PPE

$175,000 to support safe participation in youth sports and programming

Additional funding

Hennepin County is using additional CARES funding to equip Hennepin County and Hennepin Healthcare staff to best serve residents during this pandemic.

Internal focus areas include:

  • Transitioning to new ways to deliver service
  • Time off/accommodations for employees
  • Health resources for employees
  • Emergency response
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