Updated: June 11,2020
Note: While we endeavor to provide you with up-to-date COVID-19 information for the disability community, the situation is always changing. For the most current information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.
Members of the disability community are rightfully concerned about the impact of COVID-19. Please know that the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) has been working closely with Minnesota state leaders in preparation and response through the COVID-19 interagency task force and two advisory committees to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
What You Can Do
It is critical that all of us do our part to slow the spread of this virus including:
- Follow the Stay at Home order issued on March 27 by Governor Walz. Stay home, except for attending to essential needs. More information on the Stay at Home order.
- Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, and then throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face–especially your eyes, nose and mouth–with unwashed hands.
Additional ways you can protect yourself and others.
In this time of great uncertainty, it is important that you stay informed. We have compiled a list of resources and information to help you through the COVID-19 outbreak.
What MCD Is Doing
MCD is committed to providing services to people with disabilities across Minnesota, while also ensuring that our employees remain safe and healthy. Read about how we are handing operations during this challenging time.
Remember that MCD continues to serve as a resource for you. Please get in touch with your questions and concerns.
What the State of Minnesota Is Doing
Governor Walz has signed several executive orders to better position the state of Minnesota to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic. We believe some of these executive orders are of critical interest to the disability community. The state legislature is also working to maintain supports and services for people with disabilities. Learn more about what Minnesota is doing to respond to COVID-19.
How Mitigation Efforts May Affect People with Disabilities
As the state of Minnesota continues to issue mitigation guidance to slow the spread of the disease, consider how community intervention measures may affect your day-to-day living.