State and Local Response
- Governor Tim Walz has ordered Minnesotans to stay home starting March 27 at 11:59 p.m. through April 10 and limit going out to only essential needs. All Minnesotans need to follow this order.
- Ramsey County updates
- City of Falcon Heights news updates
- All City facilities are closed to the public through May 3, 2020.
- City Council and Commission meetings are cancelled until further notice.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health are closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- Health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in Minnesota on March 6, 2020.
- The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
- Map of current number of cases by state maintained by the CDC.
- Current information on Minnesota cases provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Minnesota Department of Health has a hotline for questions the general public has about COVID-19, available 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 651-201-3920.
Child care and education
The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Education are answering a hotline with questions related to child care and education, available 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 651-297-1304 (Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504).
- For single-family residences: 651-296-8215
- For multi-family residences: 651-297-4455
Questions regarding Ramsey county policies and the county response to COVID-19 can be sent to Ramsey County's COVID-19 Response Team.
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 after exposure. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 can stay at home during their illness.They should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. If you don’t have a health care provider, or are uninsured, contact a federally qualified Community Health Center.
Health officials recommend taking the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for avoiding colds and the flu:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hand.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick.
The CDC provides guidance for employers, communities and individuals about what they can do to help slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.
March 13 - The Minnesota Department of Health announced new community recommendations involving employers, assisted living facilities, schools and health care settings and large and small community events and gatherings.
March 15 - CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. More Information on Mass Gatherings
Governor Tim Walz
- If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. We are taking steps to make the application process a little simpler for those affected. Please bear with us as we work to adjust our processes to address these extraordinary times.