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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Governor’s Executive Orders create flexibility to serve vulnerable Minnesotans during COVID-19 pandemic: Governor Tim Walz granted the Minnesota Department of Human Services emergency temporary authority to change administrative and regulatory requirements for food assistance, home care, public health care and other state programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a complete list of temporary waivers and program modifications.

Some changes to public services programs are necessary to protect you and your case workers during the pandemic and to provide for a greater number of people. Read about the changes.

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Fingerprint-based background studies resume Oct. 7
Beginning Oct. 7, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Services will conduct fingerprint-based background studies that meet all state and federal requirements. Fingerprint-based background studies had been suspended due to the peace time emergency.

Bulletin addresses LTSS policy amendments related to COVID-19 peacetime emergency
Policies related to the administration and management of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) have been amended temporarily for the duration of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Governor Walz proclaims September Recovery Month
In recognition of National Recovery Month, Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed September 2020 Recovery Month in the state of Minnesota. The theme for this year’s Recovery Month is “Join the voices of recovery: Together we are stronger.” This month Minnesota recognizes that not only is it possible to recover, but that recovery is common.

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COVID-19 reporting at DHS-operated treatment facilities

DHS must report to the Minnesota Department of Health any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among patients, clients and staff in DHS-operated treatment facilities. View current reports


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