Coronavirus In Minnesota And Beyond – Special Edition

March 24
NewPrensa Special Edition: Coronavirus

Keeping you up to date in all the latest news, information and findings on COVID – 19 in Minnesota and beyond.

Coronavirus in Minnesota

Health officials in Minnesota announced Sunday that the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state has risen from 169 to 235. According to a map released by the Minnesota Department of Health, most of the cases remain clustered in the Twin Cities metro. Hennepin County has the most confirmed cases, with 57. Several of its surrounding counties have at least one case. Officials say of the 169 confirmed cases in the state, ten patients are currently in the hospital and five are in the ICU. The patients range from 10-94 years old, MDH says.

As many of us are in self-quarantine and working from home, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is among them for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. “Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow,” Walz said in a news release.

To help some people during this time, on Friday MNsure announced a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP, that begins Monday, March 23, and runs through April 21, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.org.

Tools and Resources


Under pressure from Latino groups, the Trump administration posted a Spanish translation of the president’s latest and strictest coronavirus guidelines on the websites of the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Spanish-language version of “15 Days to Slow the Spread” was posted late Thursday afternoon, three days after it was released in English. The translation comes after complaints from Latino groups who said they were scrambling to fill the gap in information for Spanish-dominant speakers.

Another tool for Minnesotans? Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota health officials push critical information to non-English speakers. “That continues to be a real priority,” Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on March 13 when Walz first declared a peacetime emergency. “We need to look at real time connection with translation services,” she said.

Café Libre


Watch Café Libre’s special coverage on coronavirus recorded in Spanish and aired on Saturday on Café Libre with Univision MN. Melisa, Alberto and Oscar cover important topics including the governor’s Executive Orders regarding business closings, health insurance, and other matters relevant to the impacts of Covid-19, tips from MEDA for Small Business owners, food availability during school closings, and tax deadline extensions and the Census. We also cover immigration with attorney Edwin Goss, and speak with Maureen Ramirez from the Office of Economic Opportunity at DEED about unemployment. For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Café Libre is a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own owners: Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this brand new talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation!

Local Resources and Aid

Looking for ways Minnesotans can help others during the pandemic? Gov. Tim Walz has called for donations and volunteers as Minnesota deals with the COVID-19 outbreak. While it’s important to make changes in the way people work and interact, the governor said it’s also time to step up to help others in the community.

In describing some of the challenges of the crisis, he spoke about hoarding and the effect it has on people who are already struggling to get by. “If there is no toilet paper in the grocery store, there certainly isn’t any at the food shelf. And some people have no opportunity to go to the grocery store,” he said. There are 60,000 Minnesota families living on the edge of poverty already, said Walz, and the pandemic could push more of them into poverty. Groups like the Interfaith OutreachCatholic Charities and the Salvation Army are taking direct financial donations to help individuals and families get supplies and shelter.

Is your business in need of resources during these uncertain times? As the world follows daily news on the Coronavirus, we continue to have conversations around how to better support BIPOC-Owned Businesses during this time. Nancy Nichols, Business Consultant of Meda, Patrick Pariseau, Director of Financial Solutions at Meda and Uri Camarena, Director of Business Consulting at Meda, recommend these steps for businesses during Coronavirus.

Burning Questions

Looking for some insight on your most pressing coronavirus questions? t’s clear at this point that state health experts believe the novel coronavirus is spreading everywhere in Minnesota, but how long before the spike in both confirmed positives tests and cases that go undiagnosed slows to the point where we’re successfully flattening the curve? It’s a question without a definitive answer. But community mitigation – business closures, social distancing, teleworking, washing hands – is believed to be helpful in slowing the spread, thus helping Minnesota “flatten the curve” during the pandemic. “I anticipate that we’re going to continue seeing increase in cases, certainly as laboratory testing becomes available that will add to the number of cases that we’re seeing,” said Kris Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

For other questions like what the symptoms are and what to do if you get sick, visit Harvard University’s Coronavirus Resource Center for answers.

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