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.

Covid-19 basics

More information at:
https://mn.gov/covid19/
Vaccine connector https://vaccineconnector.mn.gov
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
and additional sources

  • keep drinking water fountains and other water fixtures in proper working order (many places this is building code, except outside lines that might freeze that are drained out)- if they have been not used for a while they may need to be flushed by keeping water running -- it is abuse to deny people water
  • 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(not meaning stuck there inside but distancing from others, doing what is neccessary)
  • avoid unnecessary travel and avoid large groups
  • cover your cough/sneeze - wash hands
  • when possible bag tissues in trash double bagging may be beneficial
  • Don't touch your face, since that moves germs in your hands go to your face
  • masks highly recommended, and required in State of Minnesota, many localities, and many businesses in public indoor settings and close settings outside
  • Face and nose coverings can stop spread both ways. The more layers and better fit the better the protection for you and others. Make sure it is breathable.
  • CDC face covering guidance
  • Minnesota Department of Health face covering requirements and recommendations
  • This is highly recommended and required since some since some people may not have symptoms and can still spread. . Wear protective gear (PPE) when necessary including masks and gloves
  • people with breathing trouble, or other health problems caused by wearing it, may choose one that works better, try a suitable substitute such a face shield and/or additional distancing. Masks not recommended for people younger than 2 years old or when sleeping.
  • If wearing cloth masks be sure to keep it clean/laundered as germs are likely to build up on it.
  • 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 distanced from others online - classes, work, etc.
  • Remember basic things to stay healthy-
    • Stay hydrated - drinking enough water
    • eat healthy foods
    • get plenty of rest/sleep
    • get exercise and fresh air
    • exercising every day -- walking, running, or biking can help build lung capacity
    • Don't be sedentary. Sitting or laying in place too long can cause blood clots. Most people have stopped sitting in cars or planes so this solves one problem. Avoid sitting too long doing distance learning, telecommuting, watching tv and avoid laying too long recovering from an illness. Blood clots are associated with people ill from the coronavirus.
    • avoid drinking alcohol since this will make you dehydrated and make it harder for your body to fight off infections
    • avoid smoking and avoid vaping since it will make you and others more susceptible to getting ill.
    • good oral hygiene- brushing teeth and flossing and rinsing
    • stay up to date with (all necessary(MMR for children,tetinus,influenza,etc)) vaccinations for other illnesses and wellness checks including for children. Also keep up to date with checkups and (all necessary) vaccinations for pets and animals

      Update:
      all over 16 in MN are eligible starting March 30 2021 however providers may have priority groups (elderly, those more at risk,and essential workers) in the case of shortages
      https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/index.jsp
    • 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(this is not a substitute for frequent hand washing)

More information at:
https://mn.gov/covid19/
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
originally published March 30 2020. Updated March 26 2021
This information is checked over with sources above as well as other sources. the author Nathan Steffenson runs this web site, is a licensed substitute teacher, Certified Interscholastic Coach and has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science/Information systems.

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.

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

Minnesota Governor Walz has issued Stay safe Minnesota order
https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-mn.jsp
Restaurants allowed to reopen outside with reserved seating June 1, 2020
hair stylist and barber shops allowed to reopen with appointments and mask limited occupancy June 1 2020
(tribal nations, other states, and other countries have their own rules and laws)

Governor Walz has mentioned although traffic is down, fatal traffic crashes are up for this time of year. This is most likely due to speeding. People are reminded to be safe for essential travel.

Restaurants, bars, health clubs, movie theaters, amusement parks ordered to close
https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-04%20%28Gov%20Signed%29_tcm1055-4...
No Classes at all Minnesota State colleges and Universities March 16-29 after that time classes will be delivered by alternative method.
https://minnstate.edu/coronavirus/index.html
University of MN closed 16-17 after that time classes will be delivered by alternative method.
https://safe-campus.umn.edu/public-health-alerts
Schools closed to in person classes through end of school year
Distance Learning March 30 - through end of school year
https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-02%20Final_tcm1055-423084.pdf
All sports events are cancelled by Minnesota State High School League
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11soudc5io88aZnsjNq2rYXlhmkcvnfB8/view?u...
There is a peacetime emergency declared by Gov Walz due to Coronavirus containment.
https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-01_tcm1055-422957.pdf
Learn more about Coronavirus at Minnesota department of health web site
https://www.health.state.mn.us
In addition to avoiding large gatherings, proper hand-washing is emphasized.

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