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As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, check out helpful resources for people with disabilities.

Where to find an at-home COVID-19 test

Every home is eligible to order four free at-home COVID019 tests. Order your free at-home tests today.

Your insurance will cover up to eight nonprescription tests a month, per person. The tests may be free when you purchase them. Or, you might need to submit a claim for reimbursement. Contact your insurance company for specific information.

Where to find a COVID-19 testing site

Community testing sites offer rapid antigen nasal swab tests, PCR saliva tests, or both. Testing is available to all residents of Minnesota at no cost to them. You do not need insurance. Find a COVID-19 Community Testing Site near you.

A vaccine is designed to prevent diseases. The COVID-19 vaccines tell your body how to recognize and fight the virus. There are many resources to help answer frequently asked questions:

Vaccine eligibility

Every Minnesotan age six months and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Everyone age 5 and older can get a booster shot. For eligibility details, review information about COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots.

Where to find a vaccine

There are many opportunities to find a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The Vaccine Locator Map can help you find and connect with vaccine providers in your area.
  • A COVID Community Coordinator, or CCC, can help you find where to get tested for COVID-19, what vaccines are available, and how and where to get vaccinated. Services are available in multiple languages.
  • The Facebook group, Minneapolis Vaccine Hunters (helping all of MN), has volunteers who can help you find an appointment.
  • Contact your local Public Health Department. They may be offering vaccines at certain locations or partnering with providers to have pop-up vaccine clinics.

Vaccine card

If you lost your vaccine card, the clinic or pharmacy where you received your first dose may be able to look up your immunization record. You can also request a copy from the Minnesota Department of Health by visiting Find My Immunization Record.

What to expect: Accessibility at State of Minnesota Vaccination Sites

COVID-19 has changed how we all live our lives. You have a right to information that explains COVID-19 in a way that helps you make informed choices about how and where you spend your time. Start here:

Being laid off or losing health insurance through your employer are life events that qualify you to enroll in health coverage through MNsure. Learn more at the MNsure website.

If you have insurance through MNsure and your income has gone down, be sure to report it. You may be eligible for an advanced premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions.

If you qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare or you're a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, you're eligible for year-round enrollment.

If you have MA-EPD, see frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and MA-EPD (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Unemployment benefits are available to people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, even if you get SSI or SSDI. All workers affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits. The unemployment insurance program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits. You can apply for unemployment benefits online. To learn more about resources, visit the COVID-19 Worker Support website.

Information for the economic impact payments is available from the Social Security Administration

If you need help with your utilities, the Public Utilities Commission, Consumer Affairs Office can answer questions and help you find assistance programs.

You might be able to get COVID-19 emergency food support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also find food and nutrition resources related to COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Hunger Solutions helps families and kids find free meals during school closures. Meals on Wheels meal delivery can provide meals to those at high risk during the pandemic regardless of ability to pay.

You can use Metro Mobility grocery delivery to pick up your groceries and deliver them to your house.

To find out about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 resources. Get simple tips to stop the spread of COVID-19 (PDF).

Accessible resources about COVID-19 are available. They include braille, accessible Word documents and PDFs, American Sign Language and simplified text.

  • The ASL Now COVID-19 Hotline is staffed by deaf representatives who can explain information and direct you to resources. Call the hotline using ASL Now or VP 651-504-2088.

If you think you have COVID-19

  • Stay home while you're sick. This keeps you from accidentally spreading COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk of serious complications.
  • If you're older or have underlying medical conditions, let your health care team know that you're sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your illness gets worse (for example, if you have trouble breathing). Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Use the CDC's coronavirus self-checker to make decisions about seeking medical care. If you have other concerns, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-657-3903.
  • Take a COVID-19 test. Minnesota offers free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people with or without symptoms. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it. Learn more about the COVID-19 Test at Home program from the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Use the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

To find out if you've been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19, use the COVIDaware MN app.

Support groups

The Cultural, Faith and Disability Branch with the Minnesota Department of Health is hosting COVID-19 Community Engagement webinars. Register to hear the latest information and share your input and questions.

To find a virtual support group, start with Facebook. To find a group that might be right for you, search the groups section using words like "AA" or "mental health." Also consider any of these mental health resources: