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COVID-19 Aid Package Approved

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Rep. Noor

Neighbors

As the cases of COVID-19 expand in Minnesota, it is clearly a time of worry and concern. We are fortunate to have excellent medical and public health professionals available to keep Minnesotans safe and informed. Legislators are working with Governor Walz and his cabinet to address the short-and-long term concerns related to the virus.

COVID-19 Aid Package Approved

On Thursday, we returned to the Capitol, within the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, to approve a package of aid to help our neighbors coping with major disruptions from the COVID-19 virus.

Highlights of the bill include:

  • Funding for small business loans, including restaurants and bars. 
  • One-time grants for childcare providers.
  • Financial assistance for food banks, food shelves, and related transportation costs. 
  • Investments in secure, safe housing for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and Minnesotans experiencing homelessness. 
  • Extends the time frame for Minnesotans to renew driver’s licenses, permits, or disability parking permits that expire during the peacetime emergency (no additional fees would be charged for these extensions). 

To read about all the COVID-19 news from the Capitol, click here. And read Session Daily for  more news.

There will no doubt be long-term impacts on Minnesotans’ health and economic wellbeing. We are looking ahead at how to address long-term disruptions to our lives.

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STAY AT HOME

Gov. Walz’s Stay at Home Executive Order (EO), directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside their homes beyond essential needs, will take effect at midnight tonight, lasting through Friday, April 10. You can see a video from Gov. Walz on the EO here. More answers to questions about the order can be found here. You can read more information from the governor’s office here and read all of the Executive Orders here.

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Close to Home Resources

You can also check in on the Hennepin County website and sign-up for their newsletter and go to the City of Minneapolis website for their latest information.

Impact on Diverse Communities

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with diverse communities to minimize impacts from COVID-19. Below is a forwarded message from Minnesota Immigrant and Refugee Health with updates and resources for community organizations.

Updates on MDH Multilingual Resources for COVID-19

  • The basic MDH overview of COVID-19 is now available in 20 languages (French, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, Tagalog, and Ukrainian were added to the existing languages)
  • The one-page “Health Care Resources” document tells how to access health insurance and low-cost clinics. The document was created by MDH with input from MNsure and the MN Department of Human Services. (Available in 20 languages: French, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, Tagalog, and Ukrainian were added to the existing languages)
  • The "Prevent the Spread of COVID-19" Poster is still available in 7 languages. Additional languages are being added.
  • Our video on "How to Wash Your Hands" is now available in English and Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Somali and Vietnamese. Additional languages are being added. 

Please continue to reach out with any input, ideas, or feedback about the issues important to you. I value hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to call or email me any time. You can also connect with me on Facebook. It’s an honor to represent you at the State Capitol.

Sincerely,

Rep. Mohamud Noor

State Representative

Rep.Mohamud.Noor@house.mn or 651-296-4257