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MN DPT of HEALTH: Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19,

the Minnesota Department of Health recommends implementing the following mitigation strategies.


MDH Recommends Postponing or Canceling Certain Events

These events include:

  • Large events of 250 or more people should be postponed or canceled

    o This includes but is not limited to concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school performances or sporting events

  • Smaller events that are held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person

    o This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues

  • Events where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from

    COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people
    o This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities,

    developmental homes, and health support groups

    MDH Recommends Immediately Implementing Mitigation Strategies

Individuals and Families at Home
  • Monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community

  • Practice personal protective measures, including keeping social distance of at least 6 feet and washing hands frequently

  • Put household preparation plan in action

  • Individuals at higher risk for severe illness

    should avoid large gatherings, avoid travel, and stay home as much as possible

Schools and Childcare Centers
  • Cancel or postpone all large events and gatherings of more than 250 people

  • Limit school-to-school events

  • Provide alternative learning

    environments for high-risk children

  • Sick students and staff should stay home

    until symptom-free for at least one day

  • Incorporate extra handwashing into the daily routine and reinforce proper cover- your-cough procedures

  • Cancel interstate and international travel

Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Living Facilities, and Adult Day Programs
  • Implement social distancing measures

  • Reduce large gatherings

  • Alter schedules to reduce mixing, such as

    staggering meals and other activities

  • Have residents stay in facility

  • Limit visitors and programs with external


  • Screen attendees, staff, and visitors for

    temperature and respiratory symptoms

  • If cases occur among staff or residents,

    consider short-term closures for cleaning and contact tracing

  • Encourage staff to telework when feasible

  • Implement social distancing measures if not teleworking, including requiring at least 6 feet between workers, staggering work schedules, and limiting in-person meetings or gatherings

  • Limit non-emergency work travel

  • Consider temperature and respiratory

    symptom screening of staff and visitors

    entering buildings

  • Require workers who are ill to stay home

  • Provide accommodation for individuals

    at higher risk for severe illness, such as teleworking or separate office

Community and Faith-Based Organizations
  • Follow general guidance for group gatherings

  • Consider offering video or audio of events

  • Determine ways to continue providing support services to individuals at increased risk of severe disease

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