COVID-19 Information and Resources
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) acknowledges the difficulties that our residents and businesses are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. As circumstances continue to change, we continue to develop our response and the best way we can play a role in offering support to the neighborhood.
Click HERE to sign up to join the MHNA COVID-19 task force or check out the COVID-19 Response task force page. This group meets monthly to consider the best ways MHNA can continue to innovate engagement and play a role in offering support to the neighborhood.
Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out.
MNHA is taking the following actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis
• Until the pandemic subsides, we will continue to prioritize the immediate health and safety of neighborhood residents and MHNA staff, board, and volunteers by ensuring we are operating within the current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines on "social distancing" to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
• The MHNA office is closed as of March 23, 2020, but our critical work will continue remotely, until further notice.
• See Events for our revised calendar of meetings and events for updates on virtual meetings and other meeting and event postponements.
• Community engagement with our various projects and initiatives continues in alternative ways. Watch for updates and new interactive features on our forthcoming community engagement page, currently under construction.
What do I need to know about COVID-19?
• City of Minneapolis: Click HERE to see Mayor Frey's "Declaration of Local Public Health Emergency" and links to Minneapolis-specific Impacts to Services, Community Support, general COVID-19 FAQs, and FAQs for Local Business
— Sign up HERE for the City's new COVID-19 newsletter to receive important resource and updates.
— The City of Minneapolis will answer questions during business hours in English, Spanish and Chinese at email@example.com.
— The City of Minneapolis has a new online dashboard tracking the number of confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases.
— Click HERE to see Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board updates on park amenities modified or closed for public health and safety, while parks remain OPEN.
• Hennepin County: COVID-19 Updates and Announcements
— Hennepin County Library System Offering Curbside Pickup; library staff are also available to help with finding information and connecting with resources.
— In Marcy-Holmes: The Arvonne Fraser Library now offers curbside pickup & returns: Visit our Curbside pickup service page for details on locations, hours, and how to place holds on materials for pickup.
— And for some social distancing fun -- check out the weekly online "Library Happy Hour" gathering: "Join us for a free-flowing discussion of irrelevant topics and pop culture!"
The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the statewide response to COVID-19:
— Governor Walz unveiled a new website to help Minnesotans find a testing location within their community.
— NEW TESTING AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY PROTESTS: The State of Minnesota is offering COVID-19 testing for people living in the communities impacted by recent large gatherings in the Twin Cities area. If you do not live in these neighborhoods, we encourage all other Minnesotans to be tested at their local clinic. Use the directory below to find a testing location near you.
— Click HERE for basic information prepared by the Minnesota Department of Health:
— Click for Situation Update for COVID-19
— Call the COVID-19 Hotline from 7 am to 7 pm: 651.201.3920 or 800.657.3903 - interpreters available if needed.
— Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Get information about "how to protect yourself" and what to do "if you think you are sick"
— Coronavirus.gov: Provides comprehensive information about the federal government's response to COVID-19.
• World Health Organization: Get information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
• Watch: City of Minneapolis video, The virus doesn't discriminate, and neither should we.
What can I do to protect myself and my family?
• Read: Minnesota Department of Health guidance, Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
• Watch: World Health Organization Video, How is COVID-19 spread and how do you protect yourself against it
- Check out this hand-washing guide to make sure you know the proper steps for hand-washing to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.
The CDC and Minnesota Department of Health recommend covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The CDC website offers instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.
Effective May 26, 2020, people over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in indoor spaces of public accommodation under Mayor Frey’s executive regulation.
What kinds of local help and resources are available?
• Click HERE to review the COVID-19 State Resource Document with resource information compiled by the following State of Minnesota Departments: Economic & Employment Development (Unemployment), Education, Health, Human Services, Housing & Finance Agency, the Courts & Attorney General's Office
** With the recent loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents here. **
• Food Resources
— Visit Minnesota Food HelpLine or call Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00 pm: 1-888-711-1151
— Minneapolis Public Schools is providing free weekly food boxes for ALL children—18 and under—from MPS Culinary & Wellness Services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 48 sites across Minneapolis. ALL families are invited to participate. Parents, siblings, or the child can pick up one box per child per week. Boxes are packed with fresh produce and items to make a week of delicious, nutritious breakfasts and lunches. The sites offer contact-free pick-up, and you can find the site nearest you at https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19.
Nearest Marcy-Holmes location for SUMMER 2020: Webster School, 425 5th St NE, Thursdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
— Click HERE for a listing and map of Minneapolis food shelf resources and locations
— Second Harvest Heartland - Minnesota Central Kitchen is a new collaboration involving local restauranteurs to help address rising food insecurity
— Click HERE for a growing list of programs and restaurants offering food to families in Minnesota
• Housing and Tenant's Services
— Click HERE to see Governor Walz's March 23, 2020 Order to put a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the current peacetime COVID-19 state of emergency, recently extended until July 13, 2020.
— Click HERE to visit the centralized resource for all Minnesota Housing updates and information related to COVID-19.
— Click HERE to learn about and apply for City of Minneapolis Gap Funding for Housing.
— Click HERE to learn about and apply for Hennepin County emergency rental assistance due to COVID-19.
— Tenant Resource Center (TRC): will continue to operate and provide resources virtually until the pandemic has subsided. Residents can call 612.302.3180 and leave a message on the voicemail. These calls will be returned within 24 hours and service partners will assist them as needed. They can also visit www.TRC2020.com for the most current information on the TRC.
• Job loss and Unemployment
— Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: Click HERE to learn more about new, expanded COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits available for payroll employees and for those who do not typically qualify such as independent contractors and self-employed people.
— Visit the Department of Employment & Economic Assistance website for resources for workers and for businesses.
— Visit CareerForce: the metro workforce development areas have joined together to adapt in-person career and resource fairs to virtual formats, providing career seekers with on-line job connection opportunities.
• Emergency Funds, Services and Programs
— Minneapolis Forward - resources for recovery, rebuilding: To find information about legal actions related to George Floyd's death, plans to transform public safety and resources for residents and businesses impacted by recent violence, civic unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Hennepin County Emergency Programs and Services (including emergency assistance and shelter)
• Small Business Assistance
— City of Minneapolis Local Business Coronavirus FAQ page
— Visit the Department of Employment & Economic Assistance website for resources for businesses and for workers.
— The U.S. government approved new funding for small business relief including two key programs:
— the Paycheck Protection Program is accepting new applications as of Monday, April 27.
— the Economic Injury Disaster Loans has gotten additional funding as well and will resume processing applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis; see the list of participating lenders in Minnesota.
• Child Care: Find resources and information for child care providers and families HERE.
• Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness:
— Hennepin County is currently providing alternative accommodations for people experiencing homelessness who are at high risk or suspected of having COVID-19.
— Hennepin County has also opened its south Minneapolis service center at 2215 E. Lake St. for additional bathroom access. It will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
— The City, Hennepin County and Downtown Improvement District (DID) have partnered to provide handwashing and portable toilets at downtown locations.
— The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center, DID, MAD DADS, the City and Hennepin County have partnered to open a safe space at Currie Avenue and 10th Street designed to help people experiencing homelessness safely comply with the state’s stay-at-home order.
• MNSure Emergency Special Enrollment Period
— MNSure has a new special enrollment option to enroll in private coverage for those whose household income has recently decreased and who meet the eligibility criteria. Additional resource information is available for those who may be eligible for special enrollment due to a "qualifying life event" that may or may not be related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
• Mental Health Resources
— 24-Hour Metro Crisis Line: 612.379.6363
— Minnesota Department of Health Mental Health Resources Page
— City of Minneapolis ReCast Minneapolis COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund
— May is Mental Health Month.
• Domestic/Family Violence
— Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center: "remote services, including advocacy, Orders for Protection, and safety planning, can be accessed by calling 612.348.5073."
— Safety at Home: Stay At Home should never mean you stay somewhere unsafe. There are places of sanctuary open for anyone facing abuse or violence. Please call Minnesota's statewide crisis hotline - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - at 1.866.223.1111 or text 612.399.9995.
— Tubman 24-hour crisis resource hotline: 612.825.0000
- Voting by Mail: Sign up online to vote early by mail this year
With health officials advising everyone to reduce contact with others during the pandemic, the City of Minneapolis is recommending voting early by mail this election year. Voters can sign up now to get ballots for the August primary and November general election mailed to them. Ballots will arrive approximately six weeks before those elections, along with postage-paid envelopes for return.
All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote early by mail. Ballot applications should be made no later than 10 days before an election so the ballots can arrive in the mail with enough time for voters to return them.
Although voting early by mail is recommended, voters will still be able to cast their ballots in person at the City’s Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., or at their polling places on the day of the election. Sign up to vote by mail at vote.minneapolismn.gov.
- Other Local COVID-19 Resources:
— University of Minnesota Office of Off-Campus Living: COVID-19 Resources for Off-Campus Students
— City of Minneapolis COVID-19 e-newsletter. The City of Minneapolis sends out a formal COVID-19 e-newsletter every week. Please visit the City’s COVID-19 website to sign up. Past editions are also available to review here.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Contact us with questions or if you'd like to share your ideas with our new COVID-19 Response Taskforce for how we best work together with our neighbors to be part of the supportive response:
• Jessica Focht-Perlberg, MHNA Community Organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have immediate needs for food or critical supplies, or do you have extra resources you are looking to donate?
Note: The City will not warehouse or store actual items; instead, Health Department staff will help catalog what is available and what is needed, then help folks on either side find each other.
• Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays:
Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday beginning June 8 for Mask Drive Mondays.
Click HERE to view the recent webinar, How Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus to hear a discussion with University of Minnesota China Center and Immigration History Research Center on anti-Asian xenophobia, presented by Professor Erika Lee.
Support our local businesses in Marcy-Holmes: Check out this new resource, Dinky2Go, to get updated info about what Dinkytown businesses are open, current services and hours.
If you are looking for other ways to help your community now, check out the recent Minnesota Public Radio news article, Coronavirus resources: Ways Minnesotans can help others during pandemic or visit the Minnesota Department of Health Volunteer page.