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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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DHS further reopens day services for older adults and people with disabilities
New changes increase the daily maximum duration a person can receive facility-based services from three to four hours, allow services in facility and community settings on the same day and remove a 50-person maximum limit to allow greater flexibility for buildings with larger licensed capacity. Amended waivers and modifications under the governor’s emergency executive order allow for the new changes.

Coping with the impact of COVID-19 session planned for people who use disability programs and services
When you have a disability, everyday activities like going to work, going to the store, or even visiting with friends can take a lot of planning and coordination. Limitations and disruptions caused by COVID-19 have made those tasks even more complicated. Join Dr. Karyn Harvey and DHS staff to discuss how to cope with the stress and uncertainty during the pandemic.

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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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