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Nurse Michelle’s “Help in Real time” Newsletter

January 7th 2021


Website for the most up to date resources Latin Students, families and staff


·         It is written completely in Spanish but can be translated to English by clicking “English”.

·         Easy to Navigate from Smart phone, Laptop or Tablets

·         Simply text or email your Latin families in need of up to date resources the link below.

·         Already tested and reviewed by the Latin community members for accuracy and appropriateness

Ayuda y Recursos para Latinos


Mental Health Self- Care Website


·       Website for Middle and High Schooler (as well as adults).

·       Easy to navigate from your smart phone, Laptop or Tablet.

·       Already reviewed and utilized by numerous students, families and staff during Winter Break.

Mental Health Self Care Published site


Rapid Covid-19 testing –same day results at your closest Pharmacy!


Free COVID-19 Testing

Whether you have symptoms or not, there are many free COVID-19 testing options available – no insurance required. Remember to quarantine until you’ve received your test results and isolate if you test positive. I will continue to include this COVID-19 testing information in my newsletters and encourage you to share it with family, friends, and neighbors.

At-Home Saliva Testing

The state is offering free at-home COVID-19 saliva tests. You do not need to have symptoms in order to request a test, which must be taken during a video chat with a supervisor who makes sure the test is done properly. You then send the test to a lab which will test your saliva and email your results one to two days after they receive the sample. The saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test and is available at no cost for every Minnesotan, and insurance is not required. Request your at-home COVID-19 test here. Results should be available within a day or two after the lab processes your test.

In-Person Saliva Testing

Free saliva testing is now available at a couple of locations that may be convenient for Ward 11 residents:

  • The Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Ave S; enter on the west side of the building off 1st Avenue). Testing is available daily, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Walk-ins are welcome but folks are encouraged to make an appointment to prevent crowding and long lines. Free parking is available and marked in nearby surface lots and parking ramps.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Terminal 1 (4300 Glumack Dr; signs will guide you from the inbound roadway to the clinic location itself, located in the lobby area on Level 2 of the Blue Ramp). Testing is available daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but folks are encouraged to make an appointment to prevent crowding and long lines. Parking validation is available. Learn more about saliva testing at the airport here.

No ID or insurance is required. Test results should be available within a day or two of your test.

Other Testing Options

To see more COVID-19 testing opportunities, check Hennepin County’s upcoming community testing events and the state’s list of its upcoming testing events. In addition, this state directory can help you find a testing location near you.

Download COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

As COVID-19 continues to affect our community, it remains important that we all do whatever we can to limit its spread. You can now download COVIDaware MN – the state’s free COVID-19 notification app with secure, anonymous technology – to get an alert when another app user you’ve been exposed to tests positive for the virus. The more people that download and use the app, the better it works.

Bluetooth technology exchanges privacy-protected “keys” when two phones using the app are within six feet from each other for 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. If one of the app users tests positive, they can enter a randomly generated code into the app to anonymously notify people exposed to them – even folks they don’t know. The app is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Get more information and see how to download COVIDaware MN here.

COVID-19 Resources

As COVID-19 puts additional strain on families and individuals, there are resources available to help. I will continue to share the following resources in each of my newsletters, and I encourage you to pass this information along to any family, friends, or neighbors who may can benefit from these programs.

Foreclosure Prevention Resources

The COVID-19 crisis continues to pose significant challenges for many in our community. If you or someone you know is struggling to meet your mortgage obligations, free assistance is available through the Minnesota Homeownership Center. A network of advisors can help you understand how to prevent foreclosure and connect you with resources to help during this challenging time. Learn more and find an advisor here.

Utility Bill Payment Options During COVID-19

Too many of our neighbors have to choose between paying their energy bills and paying for other necessities. The state's Energy Assistance Program offers eligible residents help covering energy expenses so they don't have to choose. Through this program, renters and homeowners can access benefits ranging from $200 to $1,400, based on heating costs, household size, and household income. This assistance can be used to cover energy bills, or to repair or replace old or malfunctioning furnaces. Get more information and apply here.

In addition, both of our local utility providers -- Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy -- have suspended shutoffs for non-payment until further notice. In addition, both companies are working with customers to provide help where possible. Arrange a payment plan by contacting Xcel Energy at 800-895-4999 and/or CenterPoint Energy at 800-245-2377.

Food Distribution and Meal Boxes

There are many places to get local, affordable, or free emergency food in Minneapolis this winter. Find information on food shelves and food distribution pop-ups here.

In addition, free meal boxes are available to all Minneapolis families with children ages 18 and younger. Similar to the free food box program Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) operated in the spring and summer, all families are welcome to participate at no cost – children do not need to be enrolled at an MPS school. Families can pick up one box per child per week. Each box contains five breakfasts and five lunches with fresh produce and whole grains. Milk is available upon request. Meal boxes are available for pickup Monday through Friday at 29 school sites across Minneapolis. Find the full list of pickup sites and hours here. Call 612-668-2820 or email with questions.

Help for Older Adults

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging put together a list of community-based services and resources for older adults and their caregivers to support daily living needs and safety at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information here, or if you need additional assistance, you can call the Senior LinkAge Line – a free statewide help line for seniors and caregivers – at 1-800-333-2433.

COVID-19 Hotline for the Black Community

A fully staffed hotline to support Minnesota’s Black community through the pandemic is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can get important information about virus testing sites, food security, physical and mental health, employment, housing, childcare, legal rights and other pandemic-related challenges. The hotline will also help callers looking for information and resources such as reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. Call the hotline at 612-254-1145 with questions about COVID-19.

Spanish/English COVID-19 Hotline

Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to launch a COVID-19 hotline in Spanish and English. This statewide service provides accurate and culturally relevant information regarding COVID-19 to Latinx communities. Call 651-304-6145 for assistance in Spanish with questions or concerns about where to get tested, what to do while you wait for results, and how to manage if you're test is positive. Program coordinators and hotline specialists are trained to best understand the needs of the Latinx community around the state as they relate to COVID-19 and will offer resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local organizations.