Guidance Library: COVID-19
List of guidance documents available for COVID-19 response.
- Minnesota Department of Health Process for Assessing Situational Risk for Transmission SARS-CoV-2 (PDF)
- Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 (PDF)
Detailed version on who needs to quarantine, how to quarantine, and how long to quarantine.
Businesses / employers
- COVID-19 Recommendations for Business and Industry (PDF)
- Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Compilation of resources from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and other state and national agencies. Includes guidelines for the meatpacking industry.
- Guidance for Environmental Health Response to COVID-19 Cases in Regulated Business (PDF)
Guidance for state and local environmental health (EH) specialists to expand the scope of the types of outbreaks to which they typically respond.
- CDC: Workplaces and Businesses
Schools, child care, and higher education
- Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs (PDF)
This tool provides the decision-making guidance for schools, child care, youth programs (i.e., camp, sports, and other community activities).
- Best Practices for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 (PDF)
Information for schools, child care, youth programs, and camps.
- Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (PDF)
Strategies to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Using these best practice prevention strategies consistently protects students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households and creates a safer in-person environment.
- Recommendations for Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Delivering Direct Student Support Services (PDF)
This document provides strongly recommended practices to school staff on the type of protective equipment that will be needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when delivering direct student support services.
- Recommendations for Providing Support to Students in Their Homes (PDF)
This document outlines recommendations for school district staff providing in-home services to meet individual student needs.
- Guidance for Providing Nebulization Treatments (PDF)
This document provides recommendations on the use of nebulizers and peak-flow meters in schools and other educational venues.
- Ventilation Guidance for Schools: COVID-19
Information for school administrators and facilities managers who are responsible for ventilation in buildings.
- Masking Recommendations for Child Care
Recommendations for the use of face coverings in child care settings.
- CDC: Schools and Child Care Programs
Institutes of higher education
- Guidance for Mitigating COVID-19 at Higher Education Institutions (PDF)
- Recommendations for Different Scenarios of COVID-19 Transmission At Higher Education Institutions (PDF)
- Recommendations for Responding to COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in Higher Education (PDF)
- Occupational Health and Safety Resources Related to COVID-19
- CDC: Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning
- Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19
General considerations for air flow, ventilation, circulation, and more.
Music, camps, and youth programs
- Recommendations for Music Activities and Performances During COVID-19 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Youth Programs and Day and Overnight Camps (PDF)
Community- and faith-based organizations
- Recommendations for Attendees and Organizers of Events: COVID-19
- COVID-19 Guidance for Festivals, Fairs, and Large Gatherings (PDF)
- Caring for People in Their Homes (PDF)
- COVID-19 Planning Recommendations for Funeral Services and Ceremonies (PDF)
- Recommendations for Hmong Funerals during COVID-19 (PDF)
- Mortuary Science
Licensing and regulation of funeral establishments; includes COVID-19 specific guidance.
- CDC: Community Organizations and Gatherings
Congregate living and care facilities
Homeless service providers
- COVID-19 Investigational Toolkit for Homeless and Other Congregate Settings (PDF)
- CDC: Homeless Populations
Jails and correctional settings
- Interim Guidance for Correctional Settings Based on Community and Facility Transmission Levels of COVID-19 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Grid for Correctional Settings (PDF)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Facts in Correctional Facilities (PDF)
- COVID-19 Investigation Toolkit for Correctional Settings (PDF)
- CDC: Interim Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Correctional and Detention Facilities
- CDC: Correctional and Detention Facilities
DHS licensed residential and non-residential settings
- Recommended Protective Actions in Residential and Non-Residential Settings Licensed by DHS (PDF)
Adult day centers and day service facilities
Home and community based community residential settings
- CDC: Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities
- CDC: Guidance for Direct Service Providers
Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF-IID)
- CMS: Policy and Memos to States and Regions
- CDC: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Facemasks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Recommendations for Wearing Masks
What everyone should know about wearing masks in public.
- Masking Recommendations for Child Care
Recommendations for those caring for children of essential workers (child care providers, family child care providers, and school-age care).
- Crisis Standards of Care: Personal Protective Equipment
Includes COVID-19 PPE recommendations and resources.
- CDC: Use of Masks to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- COVID-19 and Dental Care
When to see a dentist and what counts as a dental emergency.
- COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers (PDF)
Recommendations for health care workers who are ill or living with a person suspected of having COVID-19 regarding self-quarantine and restriction from work.
- Defining Crisis Staffing Shortage in Congregate Care Facilities
Crisis-level staffing criteria, strategies, and guidelines for congregate care facilities.
- Guidance for Temporary Plastic Barriers in Health Care Settings
- Information for Organizations Requesting Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card
- Information for Organizations Requesting Cue Rapid Molecular Tests
- Interim Guidance for Discharge to Home or New/Re-Admission to Congregate Living Settings and Discontinuing Transmission-Based Precautions (PDF)
- Ivermectin and COVID-19 (PDF)
Information for health care organizations and providers.
- Prescribing Antibiotics in Outpatient Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
- Best Practices for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites: Disability-related Accessibility
Infection prevention and control
- Aerosol-Generating Procedures and Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (PDF)
- Responding to and Monitoring COVID-19 Exposures in Health Care Settings (PDF)
Interim guidance for assessing, monitoring, and protecting health care workers during widespread community transmission.
- Principles for COVID-19 Cohorting in Long-term Care (PDF)
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Fan Considerations for Long-term Care during COVID-19 (PDF)
- Vaccine Provider Models for COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in Minnesota Long-term Care Facilities (PDF)
- Long-term Care COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Plan (PDF)
Proposed COVID-19 booster distribution and administration plan for LTC facilities. Includes COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Tracker template.
- Long-term Care Using MIIC to Query COVID-19 Vaccination Status (PDF)
- Long-term Care COVID-19 Vaccine Resources (PDF)
- How to Complete the Long-term Care COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form (PDF)
- Long-term Care Guidance for Outings
- COVID-19 Guidance: Long-term Care Indoor Visitation for Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living-type Settings (PDF)
- Long-term Care Visitation Guidance Flowchart for Outbreak Status (PDF)
- Long-term Care Visitation Guidance Flowchart for Exceptions (PDF)
- Essential Caregiver Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities
- Outdoor Visitation Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities (PDF)
- Beauty Shop Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities (PDF)
- Guidance for Congregate Living Settings: Placing Resident-requested Electronic Monitoring Devices (PDF)
Previously called Guidance for Congregate Living Settings to Assist Residents Requesting Camera Placement.
- Essential Resources and Forms for COVID-19 Testing and Case Management in Long-term Care Facilities (PDF)
- Road Map for Conducting a COVID-19 Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) (PDF)
Health care facilities and systems
- Considerations for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Acute Care Facilities (PDF)
- Access to Support in Hospital Settings: Patients with Disabilities and Pediatric Patients (PDF)
- Vaccination During COVID-19
Addresses the importance of continuing routine vaccination during the pandemic.
- CDC: Healthcare Workers: Information on COVID-19
Clinical care, vaccine, infection control, settings, operations, guidance, and research.
- CDC: Information for Laboratories about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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