I’ve been in touch with several health care providers throughout the week. They are doing incredible work to help contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) and treat those affected during this national emergency. 

Individuals over the age of 60, and those with serious chronic medical conditions are at a heightened risk for contracting the coronavirus. I have compiled a list of resources that you might find helpful to stay safe and receive treatment during this ongoing national emergency.

Here are some best practices you should observe:

  • If you think you are experiencing symptoms, please call before you go to the doctor.
  • Limit your physical interaction and engagement with others. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place and avoid touching your face whenever possible.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.). If you need additional medications, consider mail-order delivery.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Create a list of all of the medications you are currently taking as well as the name and phone number of your primary care physician and keep it in an easy to find location.
Here are some resources with more information:
Here are some important points of contact you might find helpful:
  • Health related questions - Minnesota Department of Health: (651) 201-3920
  • Community mitigation (schools, childcare, business) questions: (651) 297-1304
  • Individuals can access a location-based directory of food banks here.
My staff and I are on call and stand ready to assist you and your family. If you have questions or need additional resources, please do not hesitate to contact the staff in my Otsego District Office at (763) 241-6848 or visit my website at Emmer.House.Gov.

Stay safe.

Sincerely,
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