Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a viral respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.
The CDC states that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
- Is it COVID-19?
- About COVID-19: Getting COVID-19 again
- If you are sick: Getting COVID-19 again
- COVID-19 vaccine: If you have had COVID-19
- Who should get tested?
- What to do if you’re waiting for test results
- What to do if you have close contact with someone with COVID
- Minnesota testing sites
Minnesotans can order COVID-19 at-home test kits online for delivery directly to their homes at no cost. Up to 12 test kits per home address can be ordered, while supplies last. To order your free at-home rapid test kits, click here: mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/at-home/index.jsp
Local testing sites
- Health Finders Collaborative - 507-323-8100 (Must call to pre-register by 10 am morning of testing, Monday or Wednesday)
- Compcare - 651-508-0936 (Must pre-register by either calling or on website- www.compcareclinics.com)
- Allina Health Clinic- 507-663-9000 (Must call ahead for appointment)
What do I do if I get sick?
- What to do if you get sick
- What to do if you get sick (Spanish)
- What to do if you get sick (Somali)
- What to do if you get sick (ASL)
Talking with children about coronavirus
- CDC: Stop the spread of germs
- Face covering recommendations
- Protect yourself and others
- Educational videos in several languages on proper hand washing
- Health officials recommend taking the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for avoiding colds and the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like phones, tables, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Social distance