Twin Cities MN

Twin Cities Minnesota Metro Area. Minneapolis Saint Paul and surrounding area. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are Minnesota's two biggest cities. The metro area has about half of Minnesota's population.

Stay at home order No classes at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, school closures, coronavirus preparedness

Minnesota Governor Walz has extended the Stay at home order to at least May 4
Mn governor walz has issued a stay at home order

Restaurants, bars, health clubs, movie theaters, amusement parks ordered to close
No Classes at all Minnesota State colleges and Universities March 16-29 after that time classes will be delivered by alternative method.
University of MN closed 16-17 after that time classes will be delivered by alternative method.
Schools closed to in person classes through at least May 4
Distance Learning March 30 - at least May 4
There is a peacetime emergency declared by Gov Walz due to Coronavirus containment.
Learn more about Coronavirus at Minnesota department of health web site
In addition to avoiding large gatherings, proper hand-washing is emphasized.

Covid-19 basics

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  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Keep at least 6 to 12 foot distance from other people when possible. wearing masks is not a substitute for this.
  • Stay at home when sick
  • avoid unnecessary travel and avoid large groups
  • cover your cough/sneeze - wash hands
  • Don't touch your face, since that moves germs in your hands go to your face
  • During MN Stay at home order Stay at home when possible except for essentials - such as exercising outdoors, getting food/groceries, going to an essential needs work that can't be done at home.(this isn't a complete list of exceptions)
  • Medical Problems/needs: When possible call first or use telemedicine/ online visits when being treated for anything that isn't an emergency/urgent
  • Do whatever you can from home - classes, work, virtual support groups if these help you, video/online religious services if this is suitable for you, etc.
  • Remember basic things to stay healthy-
    • Stay hydrated - drinking enough water
    • eat right
    • get plenty of rest/sleep
    • get exercise and fresh air
    • avoid drinking alcohol since this will make you dehydrated and make it harder for your body to fight off infections
    • avoid smoking since it will make you and others more susceptible to getting ill.
    • good oral hygiene- brushing teeth and flossing and rinsing
    • Keep things clean and sanitary -clean surfaces, wash dishes, rinse and take out recycling, take out garbage(This does NOT mean leaving big items that you have been waiting to get rid of at the curb), wash clothes, shower/bathe
  • masks are suggested by CDC in public such as grocery shopping.This is suggested since some since some people may not have symptoms and can still spread. It is for the person wearing the mask not to spread to others. Wear protective gear when necessary including masks and gloves
  • people with breathing trouble, or other problems caused by wearing it, or under age 2 should not wear masks
  • If wearing cloth masks be sure to keep it clean/laundered as germs are likely to build up on it.
  • Medical masks are asked to be saved for for care providers/medical professionals and those that are sick, or when it is required for your work(dust). Since these are limited in supply if you do not need it for these reasons cloth masks or other masks that are not in short supply can be used.

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Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

  • tips from CDC
  • Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds leave your home immediately and call 911.
  • Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.


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