Below is a message from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz highlighting five ways to take action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In these difficult times, we take solace in the stunning display of courage, generosity, and perseverance coming out of communities in every corner of our state.

Taking care of one another is a tradition all Minnesotans share, so it’s no surprise that many people have reached out wondering what they can do to offer assistance.

In addition to staying home to slow the spread of the virus, here are five ways you can help according to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC):

  1. Individuals who have small quantities of new, unopened and unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to COVID-19 response efforts should contact their county or tribal emergency manager. Examples of recommended PPE items are gowns, masks, respirators, face shields and gloves. Find your local emergency manager using this interactive map. Learn more about donating PPE and assisting with procurement here. (Please note: Emergency managers cannot accept opened or used PPE.)
  2. Other than PPE items, donations of supplies and goods are discouraged. Cash donations to the non-profit of your choice IS THE BEST donation.
  3. Individuals who would like to volunteer should contact an organization registered with the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MnVOAD).
  4. Many blood drives have been canceled, impacting the supply. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the Minnesota Red Cross.
  5. Businesses who would like to offer resources, supplies or personnel to COVID-19 response efforts should complete this distribution form or email hsem.ppp@state.mn.us. Submissions will be reviewed by personnel in the State Emergency Operations Center. Businesses will be contacted if there is a need for the identified resources.

We’re all in this together.

Team Walz-Flanagan