⚠ CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES ⚠

Updated as of 5/4/2020

National - North DakotaMinnesota

North Dakota Counties
Grand Forks |Ramsey | Pembina | Cavalier | Walsh | Towner | Benson | Nelson | Wells | Foster |Griggs | Steele | Traill

Minnesota Counties
Polk | Red Lake | Norman | Clearwater | Beltrami |Roseau | Lake of the Woods | Kittson | Pennington | Marshall

National

Social Security
https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
On March 17, 2020, Social Security closed it’s offices to the public. Social Security scams – Inspector General of Social Security, Gail Ennis, is warning the public that there have been fraudulent letters threatening suspension of SS benefits due to COVID-19 office closures.  This is not true and is illegitimate.All will continue to get their monthly payment, no matter if you are direct deposit or you receive your check through the Postal Service.Another scam that has surfaced is Social Security recipients are getting calls from scammers  offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information  This is also illegitimate-HANG UP!You can do most of your business with SSA online.
             File a claim for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits;
             Apply for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drugs;
             Check your application status;
             File an appeal if you were recently denied disability benefits;
             Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas);
             Print proof of your benefits;
             Explore all of the benefits you may be eligible for at Benefits.gov;
             Request a replacement Medicare card, although your healthcare provider can verify coverage if you know your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number;
             Print a SSA-1099;
             Change your address, if you receive benefits;
             Set up or change your direct deposit
Social Security has SUSPENDED the following activities until further notice:
             We will not start or complete any current medical continuing disability reviews. If you have a medical continuing disability review pending, please do not request medical information from your doctors at this time. We will follow up with you for any medical evidence once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
             Where possible, we are suspending our processing and collection of overpayments.
             We are not conducting organization or individual representative payee accountings.
             We will not be able to process a third party request for information, except from appointed representatives and representative payees.

Internal Revenue Service
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
The deadline to file 2019 taxes has been extended until July 15, 2020.

Small Business Administration
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options?fbclid=IwAR1BBnWMqfs0inBoUCxWAKuuUT-1Q6xwnIuLdZMNHPSwNQLFegn-0RZIaOc

Veterans Affairs and Hospital Information
https://www.fargo.va.gov/FARGO/emergency/index.asp

North Dakota

Unemployment
https://www.jobsnd.com/

Resource Links for Counties in our North Dakota Service Area
Grand Forks - http://www.gfcounty.nd.gov/
Ramsey - http://www.co.ramsey.nd.us/35/Departments
Pembina - http://www.pembinacountynd.gov/county/departments/
Cavalier - https://cavaliercounty.us/
Walsh - https://www.co.walsh.nd.us/
Towner - https://www.tccounty.com/
Benson - https://bensoncountynd.com/
Nelson - https://www.nelsonco.org/
Wells - http://www.wellscountynd.com/
Foster - https://fostercounty.com/
Griggs - http://www.griggscountynd.gov/
Steele - http://www.co.steele.nd.us/
Traill - http://www.co.traill.nd.us/

Dept of Human Services has a self-service portal at www.nd.gov/dhs/eligibility/index.html to apply for Medicaid health care coverage & other help, including Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Parents can find resources & information & can access online Child Support services at www.childsupportnd.com, or call child support customer service 701-328-5440.

At ND Vital Records, You can request certified birth and death certificates online at www.health.nd.gov/vital.

ND Game and Fish:  Online licensing is available to get new fishing and hunting license which are needed April 1, 2020, and online boat registration & boating safety course is available here as well. https://gf.nd.gov/

ND Dept of Transportation, Motor Vehicle and Driver License - Items that you can do online at www.dot.nd.gov  include:  Renew motor vehicle registration,  renew a driver’s license for standard vehicle or motorcycle for those over 21 and under 65 years of age, change the address on your driver’s license, schedule a driving test and schedule an appt. to renew a ND license, permit or state ID card.

ND University System - All ND state colleges and private colleges are closed for the semester and education is taking place online. Any  additional information you need about any of the 11 ND Colleges plans of action during COVID-19 go to https://cts.ndus.edu/coronavirus

ND Insurance Department: Consumer complaints involving medical records such as health & injury claims, or life insurance issues, go to www.insurance.nd.gov/consumers/complaints. If you suspect that a fraudulent insurance is occurring or has occurred, go to www.insurance.nd.gov/consumers/fraud.

Prescription Connection is a program of the ND Insurance Dept. that assists ND citizens of all ages to acquire prescription that might otherwise be unattainable. Go to their website for more details. www.insurance.nd.gov/consumers/prescription-connection. If you are having difficulties being able to obtain medication, call Monica at Senator Hoevens Bismarck office at 701-250-4618 or Shari Burke at his Watford City office and 701-609-2727, explain your situation and they will help you.

NDAD - Healthcare Equipment Loan Program (HELP) has been suspended temporarily ad their van loans until further notice. for the safety and well-being of our clients and employees and to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This affects NDAD’s Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Williston offices. During the suspension, NDAD will not loan durable medical equipment. NDAD asks that people who have borrowed its equipment keep it in their possession until they are notified that it's OK to return it. NDAD also is not accepting donated equipment at this time.  NDAD will post updates on NDAD.org and NDAD's Facebook and Twitter feeds concerning HELP resumption and when to return durable medical equipment currently out on loan. For now, NDAD’s office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) remain in place. We are accepting applications for assistance via email or fax. Our website to obtain the application can be found at www.ndad.org or call me and I will fax or mail it out. Our doors are open but we are hoping to limit any walk-ins and putting any face to face interaction on hold for now.

 

Grand Forks County, ND

Dial-A-Ride and Senior Rider are free during the duration of the pandemic. However, rides will end at 6PM due to a severe shortage of riders. https://www.grandforksgov.com/government/city-departments/cities-area-transit-cat/dial-a-ride-senior-rider  701-787-9120

Red River Community Action remains dedicated to assisting our clients experiencing food insecurities but we have implemented a change to our fresh food distribution routine.
As of today we will continue to provide fresh food distribution on Tue, Thur, Fri however you are now required to remain in your vehicle, nobody will be allowed to stand in line or congregate in the parking lots. Staff and volunteers will disperse prepackaged bags to you in your vehicles. While we realize that this may not be as efficient as our normal routine we must put the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff members first. #stayhealthy

Social Service offices are trying to conduct most of their business over the phone. 
This is for the eligibility staff such as SNAP, Medical Assistance.
They have applications in their front offices that can be picked up and dropped off.  If a person needs more assistance they can call for an appointment to see someone.  It is being determined on a case by case basis. They prefer if a person calls first. 

Prairie Harvest Mental Health and The Home Place Thrift Store Operation Plan
Only essential Personnel will report for work. The Administrative Office will be closed with those employees working from home if possible. If you need to reach a specific employee call 795-9143, leaving a voice mail and they will respond as quickly as possible.
Facility personnel will report to work as scheduled. Extra efforts on cleaning and sanitizing are to continue. The Home Place Thrift Store will close to the public.  Other programming services will be provided based on individual needs and will include necessities such as medications and groceries. Group activities and outings will be canceled this week.  Our commitment is to keep all clients and staff healthy and safe. Communication will be a priority keeping all informed as the week unfolds. We will continue to follow the recommendations put forth by the CDC and State Health Officials.  If you are struggling with any mental health concerns please reach out to one of our staff or call the 211 hotline. In case of a health emergency call 911.

Northeast Human Service Center is business as usual at present. We are making plans for our clients meds etc. There is a Facebook site GFK Community Support COVID-19 that is talking about perhaps running volunteers for the elderly through the Senior Center. Ie shopping, etc. Haven’t seen any specifics yet.

MyAlly Health, we continue to be open as usual serving clients from 8-5 (Monday through Thursday) and 8-12:30 (Friday). While we aren't assessing or treating for Coronavirus, we continue to offer reproductive healthcare services and medications (mainly birth control methods and treatments for STDs and infections) on a sliding fee scale. We always open our doors to new clients in need.

Grand Forks County Human Services - are essential services, we are attempting to conduct business as usual.  With that said, we are also taking measures to ensure everyone’s health safety by utilizing technology whenever possible and minimizing group meetings.

NDAD - Healthcare Equipment Loan Program (HELP) has been suspended temporarily ad their van loans until further notice. for the safety and well-being of our clients and employees and to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This affects NDAD’s Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Williston offices. During the suspension, NDAD will not loan durable medical equipment. NDAD asks that people who have borrowed its equipment keep it in their possession until they are notified that it's OK to return it. NDAD also is not accepting donated equipment at this time.  NDAD will post updates on NDAD.org and NDAD's Facebook and Twitter feeds concerning HELP resumption and when to return durable medical equipment currently out on loan. For now, NDAD’s office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) remain in place. We are accepting applications for assistance via email or fax. Our website to obtain the application can be found at www.ndad.org or call me and I will fax or mail it out. Our doors are open but we are hoping to limit any walk-ins and putting any face to face interaction on hold for now.

Altru-  if people need help getting to appointments, getting their medications or have other needs (food, shelter, etc)?  People can call Stacy Marto directly at 701-795-2098 or 701-780-5000 and ask for outpatient social work to be paged.  Altru HERO program is continuing normal operations out of our 1300 Columbia location. Our ABC Demers location will  be closed to the public as of today. Patients must call 701-780-5060 to make an appointment and following the visitor screening/restrictions.

Grand Forks Housing Authority - Please visit and share our website https://www.thegfha.org/  As our management team assesses the situation on a regular basis, this is the best source of current and updated information. We also post updates on the Grand Forks Housing Authority's Facebook page.

The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area is launching the “One Fund” to rapidly deploy resources, services and dollars to where our neighbors need it most. United Way has partnered with generous businesses and individuals to raise funds for those affected by COVID-19. Donations of $10 or more will be matched to help keep food on the table and families in their homes during this time of uncertainty. For more information visit givegfegf.org/help
Attached is a press release with more information about the "One Fund" and United Way's Response to the COVID-19 virus.  At this time, the United Way Office remains close to the public. Staff are working remotely and are available by phone or email. All United Way events have been postponed until further notice.

Third Street Clinic (TSC) is still open and assisting.  However, for the time being we are performing intakes over the phone.  Our application for assistance is located on our website along with information needed for verification.  We understand that there is limited access for clients to computers (library closing) but will have applications located in our intake room inside Inspire Pharmacy. There is an instruction sheet and application which can be filled out there and turned in along with supporting documentation. We will call each client to set up a phone intake. 

Inspire Pharmacy hours: 8am to 6pm  | TSC Phone Number: 701-772-1263 | TSC Fax Number: 701-757-4408 | www.thirdstreetclinic.org

HC Community Care “To help keep everyone safe and to limit contact with others, we have slight changes to our food distribution process tomorrow and Thursday. This week no one will have to get out of their cars. We will be giving food in prepared boxes through a drive-up line in the parking lot. As always, we are open Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and Thursday night from 5pm to 8pm. We are serving food to single men this week. Remember to bring an ID.” If any of you have questions regarding our slight changes, feel free to give me a call at 701-757-3480.  After this week, we will reevaluate and decide how to serve moving forward.

Head Start is following the school district and does not have children present as long as GFPS is closed.  Application Day scheduled for March 27th has been postponed, but families can still apply for Head Start online at  https://www.gfschools.org/domain/1360

Job Service is still open.  We have reduced the number of computers available to keep some space between customers.  If you are working with people who have been laid off due to COVID-19 related business slowdowns, they are able to apply for unemployment, but they subject to UI state laws.  As of this time, there have not been any changes to the unemployment process.  Also if anyone is learning about businesses that are laying off, slowing down, or closing due to the virus please let me know.

City of Grand Forks – has closed their offices to the public and have set up a virtual office.  Here is the site –  www.grandforksgov.com/virtual

High Plains Fair Housing -  offices will be closed to all walk-in consumers beginning 3/16/2020, until further notice. All of our staff is currently working remotely. If you call our Grand Forks and Bismarck offices, please be sure to leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Our intake line will continue to run as normal. If you or someone you know is experiencing housing discrimination, please call our intake line at 701-203-1077 or toll-free at 1-866-380-2738. HPFHC has canceled all in-person meetings, trainings and events through April 24th, 2020. Cancellations after this date will be evaluated in the days/weeks to come. Additional cancellations will be made if necessary. These cancellations do include all planned Fair Housing Month activities.

St. Joseph’s Social Care -- staff will be working, but our doors will be closed to the public. Inquiries and assistance may be limited. Staff can be reached via telephone and email. St. Joseph’s will make all attempts to provide assistance when applicable and feasible

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry - In an effort to provide this essential service, St. Joseph’s will make all attempts to safely administer these services. St. Joseph’s will also work with other area pantries collectively to ensure, at minimum, some services will be provided to the residents of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks. Food Pantry operations will operate today, March 19, 2020, with all food items pre-packed, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Operations week of March 24 – March 26, 2020 (Tuesday – Thursday)
Please call (701) 864-0108 from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the day you would like your pre-packed food items. If voicemail is reached, please leave your name and number. If you do not call before 12:00pm, you will not be able to receive food that day. You will be able to pick up your food items from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on the day you called. Door # 3 for pick up. You will need a photo id to pick up your box. Please note that SJSC Food Pantry will only operate Tuesday – Thursday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. (Changed from previous regular schedule)*** We will further assess future Food Pantry operations as information becomes available. Questions directed to: Mickey Munson, Executive Director – St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store, 701-795-8614

Here is a list of places that are giving free food to school-age kids!

     The Spud Jr: Free hamburger, gravy & mashed potatoes meal (made with hamburger donated by US Foods) + Free delivery within five miles and curbside pickup

     The Smiling Moose Deli: Free lunches for kids on Tuesday from 11 AM to 7 PM

     Kittsona: Sack lunches are available daily from 10 AM to 4 PM

     The Blue Moose: Complimentary lunches to kids daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Mamma Maria's: Free pizza to school children daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Ground Round: Free kids meals daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Grand Forks Public Schools: Grab and go breakfast and lunch available daily

     Up North Pizza: Free grab 'n go sack lunch (turkey sandwich, chips & juice) for kids Monday-Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Rhombus Guys: Free meal to all kids daily

     Once Upon a Child: Free sack lunches for kids daily from 11 AM to 1 PM; please call or message them on Facebook by 9 PM the night before

 

Ramsey County, ND

Coronavirus Testing Altru Clinic here in Devils Lake has the capability for drive through corona virus testing. However, a patient needs to call the hot line (701) 780-6358 before coming up to the clinic. The hot line triages patients and if they feel the patient needs a test, they call the clinic and the clinic then schedules the drive through testing. The clinic is still open 8 – 5 but there are some changes. The express clinic is now only open 1 PM – 7 PM and they are not doing bone density scans at this time. The other divisions of the clinic (therapy, pharmacy, lab, etc.) are still open as usual.  There are some other changes also. From 8 AM to 12 Noon the appointments accepted are only for “no symptoms” type of visits (wellness checks, refills, broken toes, etc.). When you walk into the clinic between 8 and 12, there will be someone standing at the door to take your temperature. If you have a fever, you will have to reschedule your appointment. They are now closed from 12 noon to 1 PM to clean and disinfect. From 1 PM to 5 PM, they are taking people with fevers, colds, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. (the “symptom” type of illness). These changes are going to last two weeks for sure, possibly 30 days.

Free Meals Four Winds is providing sack meals to student. The bus drivers will run their regular routes within the reservation boundaries, and meals will be distributed at each stop. Please have someone ready to come out to the bus when the horn sounds. The buses will start their runs at 11:00.

Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency here in Devils Lake is not currently holding face to face appointments with consumers. Ppl can still come in and pick up applications and drop paper work off (they have previously remodeled so when people come into their office, they are facing windows kinda like bank teller windows). There has been no change in their business hours. The weatherization crew has been pulled and is not going out to do any work at this point.

 

The Salvation Army is doing things the same way as DPCAA since their office is in the same building as DPCAA.

Pembina County, ND

Pembina County Memorial Hospital The providers and administration of Pembina County Memorial Hospital would like to send a reminder to help keep our community safe in this time of uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that children can be carriers of the virus and not show symptoms, so we ask that you help them follow government isolation restrictions. This includes avoiding crowds of more than 10 people and any unnecessary exposure to local businesses. We know it is difficult to change our ways of socialization, but if we adhere to these restrictions we will reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community.  If you or a loved one show any signs of respiratory illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, or fatigue, it is important that you self-quarantine. What this means is to isolate yourself and your family and do not leave your home for 14 days. This includes avoiding going to local businesses such as Leever’s, where you could potentially transmit the virus to other community members. Please contact your local business to discuss delivery or other options for meeting your needs. If you have any medical concerns, testing questions including symptoms CALL FIRST at 701-265-8461 and you will be screened for testing or entry into healthcare system. If you have any travel, social distancing, community safety concerns or questions please call Public Health 701-265-4248. If you have any business, utility or city questions please call the Cavalier City Office at 701-265-8800. If you or a family member are being tested for COVID-19, you and your family should adhere to the isolation restrictions and self-quarantine in your home until you have been notified of test results. For further details on what to do if you have been exposed or have symptoms, please visit cavalierhospital.com and click the coronavirus tab. We thank you for your support during this time in helping us to protect our community. As always, our team at PCMH is prepared to do our best to continue providing quality care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cavalier County, ND

Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry  Provides food to low income individuals in Cavalier County. The pantry is open Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. If something arises it can be as needed or by appointment.

 

Walsh County, ND
Adaptive Equipment Mobile Team
Our team continues to follow the recommendations made by Governor Burgum in response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will not be going on any mobile service trips until further notice. However, we want to continue to support you and your facilities throughout this time.  In the event that there is an urgent need for our Adaptive Equipment services, we have procedures in place to address concerns and continue to help where needed.  Examples of urgent needs would be addressing pressure issues, essential equipment repairs, and other projects of that nature.  If you find yourself or your facility in need of our services, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and we can formulate a plan.  We will continue to support people across North Dakota during this complicated time. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me!  I will be in contact when we are going to resume our Mobile Services at our normal level.

Walsh County Food Pantry is open. The Walsh County Food Pantry in Grafton would like the people of Walsh County to know they are still open Monday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m.  (701) 352-1648. Walsh County Food Pantry distributes one-two weeks worth of meals to those in need within the community.

Towner County, ND

Cando Area Food Pantry No proof of identity required. No qualification requested other than a need for help with food resources. Open in the south basement of Cando Lutheran Church, 304 5th Ave, Cando, ND 58324.  Open every Monday 11am to 1pm. Open in the evenings on the Third Friday of the month, 5 to 7pm. If you have questions, call Dave Benson, 701-968-4218 or Pastor Bonnie at 701-968-3195 or 701-968-3105.

Benson County, ND

BDECAN Food Pantry | 8397 34th St. NE | Warwick | 294-2283 | Third Thursday - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/groups/443156842441762/

Community Nourishment | 321 3rd Ave. | Tokio | 294-3012 | M - Th 8 am - 4:30 pm, F 8:00 am -12:00 pm

Dakota Baptist Church | 602 Baptist Church Rd | Fort Totten | 766-4516

Maddock Community Food Pantry | 309 Dakota Ave. | Maddock | 438-2738 | Tu, Th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nelson County, ND

Gunny’s Kitchen Food Pantry Lakota Lutheran Church 416 3rd St. W | Lakota | 247-2904 | 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Lakota Food Pantry Lakota Lutheran Church 416 3rd St. W | Lakota | Candace 247-2892 Melody 247-2859 Jamy 247-3282 Ruth 247-2904 https://www.facebook.com/Lakota-Food-Pantry-895614280515222/

McVille Outreach Pantry | Main St. in the City Office | McVille | 322-4343 | M - F - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm or call for an appointment

Michigan Food Pantry | 322 State Ave. S. | Michigan | 247-3411 | M, W - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wells County, ND

Wells County Courthouse Offices are under controlled closure. As of March 19, 2020 until further notice, access to the Wells County Courthouse and KTL Building will be restricted to the public. IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP YOU, OUR STAFF, AND COMMUNITY HEALTHY, ALL PERSONS ENTERING COUNTY BUILDINGS WILL BE SCREENED FOR COVID-19 ILLNESS RISK. 
1.            Screening will include questions about travel, symptoms, and exposure to anyone with known COVID-19.
2.            Individuals may be asked to follow up by phone for further direction.
3.            We are happy to contact individuals via phone to receive important updates and information.
Please contact the appropriate office you have business with via phone or email to set up an appointment or answer questions. This includes the Wells County States Attorney, Public Health Office, Social Services office, Auditor, Treasurer, Director of Tax Equalization, Clerk of District Court, County Recorder & 911 Coordinator.

St Aloisus Clinic When arriving for your appt, there is a hand sanitizing station in the clinics entry you can use to clean your hands. There are also face masks you may wear if you choose. Patients ARE NOT allowed to go from the clinic to the hospital, or vice versa. If necessary, they must leave the clinic and walk over to the hospital and be screened there.

St Aloisus Hospital:  Everyone who enters the hospital must check in at the front desk. No visitors are allowed in the hospital or nursing home. If one needs medical intervention, receptionist notifies appropriate staff and they will come down to the hospital waiting area and take patient into a separate room to address their needs.

St Aloisus Physical Therapy Services: Have been moved to the Weber Chiropractic Clinic building for the time being to avoid patients having to walk through the clinic/hospital to the elevator. Call to make an appt ahead of time.

Options Resource Center for Independent Living’s office in Lincoln and Nine is closed to the public at this time.  No face-to-face meetings are taking place. You can call Marcia from the Harvey office at 218-791-3467 to get questions answered, assistance with programs, applications, help with online services, etc.

Central Dakota Food Pantry - Food distribution is the second Thursday of the month from 1-5.  The phone number is 324-4645. Marilee Klein is the Director of the food pantry.  Call her with if you need more information.

Harvey Laundromat: Laundromat is still open at this time. Please wear gloves or use hand sanitizer before using equipment.  They are doing their best to sanitize everything.

Harvey Public Schools:  School has been closed since March 16th, 2020.  Students have been able to come into the school with their parents one at a time to get their chrome books and personal items.  All children in the district, ages 1 to 18, are able to receive free breakfast and lunches, Monday through Friday , from 10:30-12:30.  Parents need to contact Connie at the high school office at 324-2267 and let her know the number of meals you need, and what days you will be coming to pick them up.  A member of each family then pulls up to the high school between 10:30-12:30 each day and the cooks will bring your lunch for that day and a breakfast for the next day for each child right to your vehicle. Any additional questions can be directed to Dan Stutlien or Connie at 324-2267.

North Dakota Telephone Company- effective March 19, 2020, NDTC has temporarily closed its lobby to customers. Ways to pay your bill, they have a dropbox outside their building you can drop your payment in,  you can download their Smart Hub Mobile App and pay through the app, online payments can be made at https://gondtc.smarthub.coop/Login.html# , or you can pay by phone by calling 1-844-843-6843. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call their Customer Care Team at 701-662-1100, or email support@gondtc.com. When emailing support, please include a phone number where you can be reached.  For internet concerns, contact their Help Desk, available 24/7 at 701-662-8350. Have your login ready before you call the Help Desk. Before scheduling an onsite visit from one of their technicians, they will ask the following questions: • Have you or anyone in your household visited a high-risk area within the past 14 days? • Have you or anyone in your household been in contact with anyone who shows symptoms or has tested positive to COVID-19? • Is anyone in your household ill (fever, cough, and shortness of breath)?

Foster County, ND

Carrington’s Daily Bread | 875 Main St. | 652-2333 | M, W, F - 3:30 - 5:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/groups/695596573938742/

Griggs County, ND

Griggs County Bread of Life Food Pantry | 401 4th St. SW | Cooperstown | 730-6221 | 3rd Wednesday - 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Steele County, ND

Steele County Food Pantry | 201 Washington Ave. W | Finley | 701-636-5220 | M - F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Traill County, ND

Hatton Helping Hand Food Pantry| 417 7th St. | Hatton | 789-0756 | 1st & 3rd Wednesdays - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hillsboro Kiwanis Food Pantry | 408 1st St. SE (Hillsboro Armory) | Hillsboro | 436-5777 |1st & 3rd Mondays - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

May-Port Food Pantry | 703 Helen Ave. | Portland | 430-0622 | 3rd Thursday - 9:00 am - 10:00 am & 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/mayportfoodpantry/

Minnesota

Unemployment
https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/

Resource Links for Counties in our Minnesota Service Area
Polk - http://www.co.polk.mn.us/101/Departments
Red Lake - https://www.co.red-lake.mn.us/
Norman - http://www.co.norman.mn.us/
Clearwater - https://www.co.clearwater.mn.us/
Beltrami - http://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/
Roseau - http://www.co.roseau.mn.us/
Lake of the Woods - http://www.co.lake-of-the-woods.mn.us/
Kittson - http://www.co.kittson.mn.us/
Pennington - http://co.pennington.mn.us/
Marshall - http://www.co.marshall.mn.us/
Hubbard - http://www.co.hubbard.mn.us/
Mahnomen - https://co.mahnomen.mn.us/


Are you a Minnesota Veteran who has been impacted by COVID-19? Minnesota is committed to taking care of those who have served our country. Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Response package includes $6.2 million to support Minnesota Veterans. If you or a dependent have been financially impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a Minnesota Veteran Disaster Relief Grant or a Minnesota Veteran Special Needs Grant. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, April 6. For more information or to apply, contact your local County Veterans Service Officer or visit https://mn.gov/mdva/blog/?id=1066-425565#/detail/appId/1/id/425565.


Business Hours Map (From Crookston Times)
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=1qtzc_2OM_djTPHN6IbX480QsfJvmmz3J&ll=47.54767121686851%2C-96.72046972070311&z=9&fbclid=IwAR0zLIEHbHfxAX2rhT5acOsIXNVphwbX8NNG2sRwlqd3Eumq91PCazUyFTM

Tri-Valley Transportation Programs will continue rural route service and they WILL NOT be postponed,” Tri-Valley Communications and Marketing Specialist Mitch Bakken said via email. “With the needs of grocery, pharmacy, etc. transportation, all services will continue to be provided. All services are currently operating at this time.” Rural routes include the trips and day services to Fargo/Moorhead, Grand Forks, Warren, Hallock, Karlstad, Bemidji and Ada. In-town services in Crookston, Thief River Falls, Mahnomen and Bagley are still being offered at this time. Office closing to the public. In addition, Bakken announced that the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Administrative Office at 102 N. Broadway in Crookston will be closed to the public at the end of business Friday, March 27. The office will be minimally staffed to support programs deemed critical by Executive Order 20-20, but the office will no longer have staff available for the modified in-person assistance Tri-Valley has recently employed. Persons needing assistance should call 281-5832 or 800-584-7020. If calls are not immediately answered, messages will be returned in a timely manner  Financial - if you are having trouble paying your bills, it is your responsibility to contact each company and ask for assistance.

Unemployment - From March 16, 2020 through the end of the peacetime emergency, the typical waiting week

for unemployment has been suspended. Unemployment is available to individuals who are

unable to work due to circumstances that were no fault of their own, including reasons

related to COVID-19.

More and frequently updated information is available at

https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp

 

General Cash Assistance (Cash Benefit for Qualified Individuals without children):

https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/seniors/economic-assistance/income/programs-and-services/ga.jsp

 

Utilities  - (Power, Gas, Phone Service, Internet, Cell Service)

Utility providers have suspended all utility disconnects. Check with your utility provider for

assistance.

 

This link outlines that Minnesota utilities were asked to suspend disconnects during the covid-19 crises; through June.  This notice includes a listing of all of the MN companies that responded to that request:

 

http://cubminnesota.org/minnesota-utilities-suspending-disconnections-during-covid-19/

 

Here is a statement from the MN department of Commerce:

https://mn.gov/commerce/media/news/?id=17-426763

 

This clip is Ottertail Power Company’s response to Covid-19

https://www.otpco.com/our-covid-19-response/our-customers/

 

This clip is Beltrami Power’s information

https://www.beltramielectric.com/payment-assistance

 

A consistent theme that I see in both Ottertail and Beltrami Electric’s notices are that ANY and ALL efforts that consumers make to set up payment plans and work with them to keep payment coming in, on any level,  would be GREATLY appreciated. Their concern is that a consumer will end up with a huge bill in 6 months and find themselves buried in debt.

 

I would suggest consumers call their power provider rather than assume their utilities won’t be cut off; as in any situation, communication with the provider will ease the results.

 

Xcel Energyhttps://www.xcelenergy.com/covid-19_response

Minnesota Powerhttps://www.mnpower.com/CustomerService/Covid19Updates

CenterPoint Energy

https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/Corp/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

Additional assistance may be available from the MN Energy Assistance Program: (Direct

Benefit Energy Payment for Low-Income Residents):

https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/ .

Many telephone, internet and cell providers have signed the “ Keep America Connected

Pledge ” and are responding by not disconnecting services, and/or making special payment

plans available. In addition, many providers are opening public hotspots and offering free

wifi for students and low-income families.

Comcast is opening its Xfinity WiFi Network nationally for free, offering unlimited

data for free, connecting low-income families to free internet learning.

https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

AT&T is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service

when customers can't pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions. The

company is also waiving related late fees. AT&T is also providing free access to its

public WiFi hotspots. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Verizon is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers

"negatively impacted by the global crisis."

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19

T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with

data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response

Arvig New customers in homes with K-12 or college students can sign up for free

internet, including Wi-Fi if needed, with Arvig. The service will be free until the

school year resumes. https://www.arvigbusiness.com/news/covid19response/

Charter Spectrum broadband subscription can get free broadband and Wi-Fi for 60

days with the installation fees waived. Low-income households without children may

still be eligible for the Spectrum Internet Assist.

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrumbroadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

 

Minnesota Disability Law Center - From March 24, 2020 through the end of the peacetime emergency, landlords and mortgage holders cannot remove people from properties. Willfully violating this order will lead to a misdemeanor charge and up to $1000.00 fine. https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/fact-sheet/covid-19-renters-rights-and-court-changes-during-pandemic

 

Minnesota Housing Assistance (short and long term financial

assistance)http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1358904931809&d=Touch&pagename=External%2FPage%2FEXTStandardLayout

 

Minnesota Supplemental Aid Housing Assistance (housing assistance for people with

disabilities paying less than or equal to 40% of monthly income for housing):

https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/adults/economic-assistance/housing/programs-and-services/msa-housing.jsp

Minnesota Foreclosure Assistance and Mortgage Help:

http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1358905024221&d=Touch&pagename=External%2FPage%2FEXTStandardLayout

 

Supplemental food during school closures- The Minnesota Department of Education has a list of questions and answers related tomeeting families’ nutritional needs while schools are closed. Some schools continue toprovide meals via meal pick-up or delivery. Other food sources have also been identified.Information available herehttps://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/fnscovid19/index.htm

 

Hunger Solutions is collecting information on where families and kids can go to get a free

meal during Minnesota’s statewide school closures. http://www.hungersolutions.org/2020/03/16/meals-for-kids-during-covid-19-closings/

This is a fluid document check www.familyvoicesofminnesota.org or https://bit.ly/2UNGWHP for most up to date version. Updated 3/31/2020 This document was prepared with support from the Family Support and Connections Grant funded through the MN Department of Health.

 

Minnesota Family Investment Program (Cash and Food Assistance for Families with Children:

http://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1666 .

 

Minnesota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

(SNAP/WIC): https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/localagency/infosystem/hubert/mnwicapp/index.html

 

Minnesota Food Assistance Program (Food Assistance Program for nor those not eligible for

SNAP):

https://www.welfareinfo.org/benefits/the-minnesota-food-assistance-program-mfap-1584

 

School districts have been asked to provide childcare to elementary age children whose parents are

“front line” or “essential” employees. This includes many health care workers, pharmacists, grocery

store workers, delivery people, and others. Information can be found here.

https://mn.gov/mmb/childcare/families/

 

In addition, Governor Walz announced that Minnesota will partner with the YMCA to provide care for

the school-age children of emergency workers in Minnesota. Thirty-eight locations across Minnesota will

open to provide access to distance learning and care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade,

coordinating with school districts. A full list of locations is available at ymcamn.org/mnchildcare . The cost is $40 per day and locations will

coordinate with school districts on food drop-off sites. Registration is open and accessible at

http://ymcamn.org/mnchildcare or 612-230-9622 .

 

Childcare providers that serve younger children have also been instructed to continue to remain open

for frontline and essential workers, and legislation is currently proposed to help these providers

maintain economic viability during this time.

 

Due to the disruption that COVID-19 has caused in the lives of Minnesota families, the MN

Department of Human Services has currently ceased renewal and closure notices for Minnesotans

on CHIP, Medical Assistance, and MinnesotaCare. Enrollment in the programs continues during the

COVID-19 pandemic. Some clinic systems have moved toward virtual visits, including e-visits, televisits and video visits. Some clinic systems are moving toward well child only clinics for the continuation of needed vaccinations and other well child related medical matters. Recent insurance changes in response to COVID-19 provide coverage for these visits. Copays, deductibles and other expenses related to COVID-19 have, for most plans, been eliminated.

 

MNSure: A 30-day special enrollment period for MNSure has been introduced for those who qualify.

This allows those who qualify, to to sign up for health insurance coverage through MNsure, beginning

Monday, March 23, through Tuesday, April 21.

 

Family Voices of MNis a free, parent-run organization providing information, resources and peer to peer support for families who have children with special health needs or disabilities. Minnesota families are facing unprecedented challenges right now. Family Voices of MN is here and waiting to help .

connected@familyvoicesmn.org | Talk/Text 612-440-1609 | webchat http://www.familyvoicesofminnesota.org This is a fluid document check www.familyvoicesofminnesota.org or https://bit.ly/2UNGWHP for most up to date version.

 

Polk County, MN

Polk County Coronavirus Response Hub
https://coronavirus-response-pcg.hub.arcgis.com/

Business Hours and Status Map https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?mid=1qtzc_2OM_djTPHN6IbX480QsfJvmmz3J&ll=47.78027811943684%2C-97.05692601953126&z=10&fbclid=IwAR0zLIEHbHfxAX2rhT5acOsIXNVphwbX8NNG2sRwlqd3Eumq91PCazUyFTM

Tri-Valley is still assisting, however we also will be taking some precautions.  For now, we are not doing home visits.  We will do intakes over the phone.  Households with emergencies will need to call to make appointments – 1-800-201-3475 is the best number to use.  Also, if it is an issue with heat or electric, they should first call our Energy Assistance in Crookston – 1-866-264-3729. 

 

The New Hope Food Shelf will start a food drop program Wednesday, March 18 and will serve lunch and dinner daily for kids and families in need. They will be doing drops at 12 locations in all of Crookston’s six wards for a half-hour each day for each meal. Times will be from 12-12:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. Locations include:
Ward 1 - REM parking lot (South Minnesota Street/Central Avenue South) and Eugene Field Park (Woodland Avenue/North Minnesota Street)
Ward 2 - Schuster Park (Memorial Drive/Groveland Avenue) and Washington School parking lot (Birch Street)
Ward 3 - Highland Park Complex (Barrette Street/Summit Avenue) and North Acres Estates entrance (Charles Street)
Ward 4 - Wildwood Park (Myrtle Street/Hurlbut Street/Bertha Street) and Crookston Public Library parking lot (North Ash Street)
Ward 5 - Carman Park (3rd Avenue South/Erskine Street) and Old Museum Park (Washington Avenue/Jerome Street)
Ward 6 - Alexander Park (Alexander Street/4th Avenue NE) and Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot (Barrette Street/Eickhof Blvd)
There will be gluten-free options available and allergy requests should be sent to Rachel Laferriere at rachelcarenshare@outlook.com, by calling Rachel at (218) 281-2644 or send a message on the New Hope Food Shelf Facebook page. Volunteers are needed to help pick up food and hand out food at the drop sites. Contact Rachel for more information or sign up directly on the New Hope Food Shelf Facebook page. Donations are also being accepted to help make sure enough families are fed. They will accept gift cards for Hugo’s and Walmart, bags and boxes for the food that will be delivered, gloves and masks for the volunteers, and people can donate and make food such as bars, cookies, sandwiches, casseroles, juice boxes, etc.

Here is a list of places that are giving free food to school-age kids!

     The Spud Jr: Free hamburger, gravy & mashed potatoes meal (made with hamburger donated by US Foods) + Free delivery within five miles and curbside pickup

     The Smiling Moose Deli: Free lunches for kids on Tuesday from 11 AM to 7 PM

     Kittsona: Sack lunches are available daily from 10 AM to 4 PM

     The Blue Moose: Complimentary lunches to kids daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Mamma Maria's: Free pizza to school children daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Ground Round: Free kids meals daily from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Grand Forks Public Schools: Grab and go breakfast and lunch available daily

     Up North Pizza: Free grab 'n go sack lunch (turkey sandwich, chips & juice) for kids Monday-Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM

     Rhombus Guys: Free meal to all kids daily

     Once Upon a Child: Free sack lunches for kids daily from 11 AM to 1 PM; please call or message them on Facebook by 9 PM the night before

Red Lake County, MN

Food Shelf - Park Place Mall, RLF (east entrance)  Open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
Client use:  your zip code 56715, 56748, and 56750 - 1 pr/mo  OR   56742 - 8 pr/yr
Verification required:  e.g. billing statement
If for some reason a person is not able to come to the RLF Food Shelf, a proxy may be used. 
Proxy forms are available at St. Joseph Catholic Parish Center, RLF or at the Red Lake Falls Food Shelf.  If someone is having an emergency, they can call and set up an appointment on another day/time.
They are only allowing one household at a time to shop, however.
Questions:  call Bev Schmitz at 253-2681, or Bev Philion at 253-2499 or St. Joseph Parish Center

Beltrami County, MN

Mobile Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0045                
Text MN to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor; also available through Facebook MessengerWarm line peer support through Wellness in the Woods:  1-844-739-6369

Anishinabe Legal Services and Legal Services of NW MN are available to answer client calls about issues related to utility shut-offs, evictions, etc.  ALS has full staff and fewer calls are being received; programs are fully operational.ALS has one person, in particular, who’s reading up on changes as they happen. It takes just a few minutes to complete an eligibility screening.  ALS is at: 218-335-2223.

Beltrami Area Service Collaborative BASC is facilitating a virtual meeting every two weeks between school social workers across the county and mental health providers and youth services organizations.  These partners are coordinating transition of services for the hundreds of students who were receiving mental health services in the school prior to distance learning. Also discussing identification and access for students and families who would be new referrals. BASC is facilitating a monthly meeting with wider group of providers who work with kids and families Interdisciplinary Review Team (held virtually)
Truancy Case Management:  All hearings for truancy cases have been cancelled through April; however, BASC continues contact and support for all open cases. Judges are doing administrative reviews on some of these cases, which includes reports being filed and the judge issuing an order based on those reports without hearing the case in person. Case management of truancy continues for cases outside of court with contacts previously referred to BASC via phone, text.
Diversion:  This program provides alternative interventions for first-time juvenile offenders referred to BASC by County Attorney’s office.  Continue to receive referrals from County Attorney’s office.  Doing virtual intakes, sending out journals for guardians/youth to complete together in lieu of in-person classes.  Open cases receiving case management – keeping in contact for support, guidance, safety and parent support.
Students First:  Discontinued student/coach sessions for the year, cancelled coach strengths training, asking volunteer coaches to post an encouraging message or video on SF Facebook page http://www.beltrami.org

Beltrami County Judicial Center/Court: After careful consideration and consultation, the Judicial Council has recommended further restrictions for in-person courthouse access. In response, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has issued a statewide order, ADM20-8001 Continuing Operations of the Courts of the State of Minnesota Under a Statewide Peacetime Declaration of Emergency. The order restricts in-person access to courthouses for only designated case types, and opens up additional opportunities for remote hearings that must occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order goes into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, and is in effect for the next 30 days or until another order is issued, whichever comes first.

 

Beltrami County Health and Human Services  The office is closed to the public. Some staff are operating remotely. We ask that you utilize online resources if possible to apply for public assistance programs through Applymn.dhs.mn.gov for cash, SNAP, child care and emergency programs and MNSure.org for health care programs. Contact a MNsure Navigator for assistance applying through the MNsure electronic system. (218-333-0880). If online resources are unavailable please call our office at 218-333-8300 to request an application be mailed to you. At this time phone interviews for public assistance programs are being offered in lieu of face to face interviews.

Beltrami County and Roseau County Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (DVIP) The Bemidji DVIP Groups are cancelled through April.All Red Lake Groups are cancelled until further notice. Beltrami Public Health. WIC resources by telephone only. https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/Departments/HHS/Public%20Health/Public%20Health.html

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
Open Monday and Wednesday ONLY
DO NOT CALL AHEAD
Food Boxes prepackaged based on the size of the household
Volunteers bringing boxes out to the cars.  Consumers should NOT enter the building.
If you need food delivered call the food shelf to see if there are available options.
Nutrition Assistance Program boxes are being carried out to cars; no one is to enter the building https://bcfsmn.org

Bemidji Senior Center- Bemidji Senior Center is closed until further notice. Curbside meals are available Mon-Fri behind the Senior Center at the back door between 11:30-12:30. Please call Senior Dining ahead of time to reserve your meal at 444-3987. The price is a suggested donation of $5-$8.40 per meal if you are over 60. Anyone under 60 it will be full price. Also available are frozen meals if you wish to have some extra meals. These are to-go meals, there is still no congregate dinning at the Senior Center. www.bemidjiseniorcenter.org

BI-CAP-  Right now the utility companies are suspending shut offs on April 15th.  The PUC is working closely with utility companies on this.  The cooperatives in our area are also suspending disconnects at this time but they have different guidelines.  There is no clear date on when the CWR payments will be reactivated and disconnects occur. Head Start is closed, but staff are working remotely, delivering online support to children and families; we are delivering meals 2x per week. BI-CAP assists with SNAP (Food Support) applications over the phone. Applicants can contact Maria Sorenson at 218-333-9849 or email maria.sorenson@bicap.org Youth Build is delivering online and remote classes. Supportive Housing and Energy Assistance continue to offer services via phone, email and mail.  Most staff are working remotely, with a skeleton crew working on site. Our front desk phone line is active between 8-3:30 https://www.bicap.org

 

Churches United PLEASE CALL FIRST 218-444-1380 FOOD ACCESS FOR THE WEEKENDS: Churches United can write vouchers for Lueken’s. Applicants need to call our office 444-1380 during business hours [noon-4:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday] and have a photo ID. They will also need to come to our office to pick up their voucher. Vouchers amounts are based on family size. Still supplying food vouchers

Paul Bunyan Transit has offered to transport people in need of vouchers to Churches United; allowing the consumer to run up to the entry where the voucher is left for them and then return to the bus to go home. The consumer will need to pay for their ride; the transportation is not FREE. Consumers may want to discuss transportation costs with Churches United in advance of this trip if it is not affordable. http://bemidjicu.org

Community Resource Connections Staff remain available by telephone at 218-333-0880 (Bemidji), 218-835-5768 (Blackduck) and 218-547-3438 ext. 15 (Walker). We provide MNsure Navigation remotely. MNsure updates:  The governor’s order opens MNsure open enrollment until April 21st. All income guidelines still apply – If someone turned down health insurance from an employer and wants to enroll in a MNsure Qualified Health plan…they can do that now until April 21st with a start date of April 1, 2020.

The Department of Human Services is NOT terminating public program health coverage until further notice (Medical Assistance and MNcare recipients). If someone receives a renewal notice they should complete it and send it in if they are able; but if they don’t their coverage will not be ended until the state of emergency is over. If someone is not able to pay their MA-EPD or MNcare Care premiums due to an employment issue, they should contact the Dept of Human Services or MNcare to request a temporary waiver. This is an excellent place to find updates about all public programs; very east to read and digest: bridgetobenefits.org/COVID-19 https://www.crcinform.org

Community Table Monday and Tuesday pre-bagged meals are available at the north door (parking lot) at Mt. Zion Church between 5 and 6 pm.Wednesday and Thursday pre-bagged meals are available at the door of United Methodist Church between 5 and 6 pm. The public IS allowed to pick up more bagged meals if they want to deliver to others who cannot get to the sites.  No questions will be asked! https://www.communitytablebemidji.org/

Eagle Vista Ranch & Wellness Center- Liz Letson Bemidji equine assisted psychotherapy & learning, crisis counseling, tele therapy. 218-760-0656. eaglevistaranch.com  Although not a typical service, during this time she is open to callers at risk of suicide We’re using this great resource/book – “The Resilient Practitioner – Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for the Helping Professions” for development of our Equine Assisted Resilience Program. Will keep you in the loop….

Evergreen Youth & Family Services Evergreen is working on an appointment-only basis; we are still providing case mgmt., hot lunches, and even food delivery (hot lunches and food shelf packages) during this time. Seeing some youth who are handling this admirably well and others who are suffering from boredom and engaging in unhealthy behaviors. Bit of a mixed bag.  Continues to support current clients and residents in our housing programs, including youth that arrive at the drop in. Both sites are staffed and are offering the following services:  Mental health services, Family support services, Case management support for clients, Assessments/screenings for services, Resources and support for Suicide Prevention, Rock Sober, Street Outreach, Safe Harbor, Crime Services, Free laundry and shower services for drop in clients ages 10-24, Workforce development, Free meal at the drop in site (“to go”) during regular hours, We are providing basic essentials: cleaning supply kits for housing clients, hygiene supplies for drop in and/or clients, Clients are being screened at the door, when possible we ask them to schedule an appointment, and we have implemented protocol for maintaining social distancing and social gathering. When and where possible, we are offering remote supports, but are assessing all clients to be sure we are meeting their needs., Jeanne Strate (Evergreen Family Support) is available 218- 556-3191, We’re doing two free webinars next week on COVID-19 related housing matters. One for landlords and one for social workers/tenants.  You’re welcome to share these with your networks: https://homelinemn.org/6414/home-line-to-host-legal-webinar-for-landlords-property-managers-on-covid-19-related-rental-housing-issues-on-april-23rd/
https://homelinemn.org/6411/home-line-hosting-free-legal-webinar-for-tenants-service-providers-and-other-advocates-on-covid-19-related-rental-housing-issues-on-april-22nd/
http://www.evergreenyfs.org

Great North Counseling- Office closed (no in-person appointments).  A telehealth platform is being used to connect with existing clients. Contacts with clients are weekly or as needed. Some openings coming up; continue to refer. Address: 426 Bemidji Ave N #1, Bemidji, MN 56601. Phone: (218) 214-6096  https://www.greatnorthcounseling.com/

Headwaters Regional Development Center Bryan McCoy- leading Regional Transportation Coordination Council. If anyone needs assistance in securing transportation or delivery service, I am here to help. Also in constant contact with MnDOT to get updates on potential transportation services. mailto:bmccoy@hrdc.org or 218-333-6545

Hope House We are encouraging phone contact only, but the drop-in center is open for those at risk of decompensation without it.  We are working on telehealth for the limited people who have the available equipment. http://www.hopehousebemidji.org

HRA All staff still working. All inspections are being done virtually. Still issuing vouchers. Applications can be faxed in to avoid contact. https://www.ci.bemidji.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B8427BDFE-40BB-47C7-B94B-5A68AE5833BE%7D

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. Legal Services is working to collect examples of situations where consumers’ utilities are shut off or their stimulus checks are garnished during this Covid crisis.  If you see anyone who has been affected in either of these ways contact Legal Services of NW MN. LawHelpMN.org has great resources for civil legal issues.   It also has COVID-19 information that is relevant to anyone, such as stimulus checks, unemployment, etc.Offices will be closed to all walk-in clients beginning 3/17/2020, until further notice. Staff will continue to work, and applications are still being accepted. In addition, LSNM has cancelled all in-person meetings, trainings, Self-Help Clinics and events through April 15, 2020. Our team is available to support and respond to the needs and concerns of existing and new clients. As always, we are working to ensure high-quality and critical legal aid services are delivered, while addressing new and emerging needs of our clients as this crisis unfolds. https://lsnmlaw.org  Anyone being evicted should contact Legal Services by telephone. All Order For Protection matters are still going to court; figuring out ways to do so remotely

 Mobile Crisis: Heidi Bruder 1-800-422-0045 Mobile Text: 741-741 MN available 24/7 Utilize Mobile Crisis for any mental health needs. With the reduction in mental health services FAMILIES may need additional mental health support.  Mobile Crisis is able to provide over the phone support 24/7. For suicidal risk, Mobile heals is still doing in person assessments, typically in office or at the ER.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center Closed to the public. Our Facebook page is updated several times a day with contact information for the programs we are currently running. We are following CDC and MDH recommendations.  We are taking SNAP applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. We are taking MNsure applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. The governor ordered a special open enrollment period that expires on April 21st. Our current enrolled GED students are able to continue their hours through Distance Learning. Our Family Spirit program is offering online classes, phone and email communication.

 Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter The shelter remains open with increased safety measures in place.  All applications for assistance will be done remotely if possible..

Northwoods Caregivers Suspending all supervised visitation and child exchange.  IN GREAT need of drivers to help elderly access groceries and medical appointments. http://northwoodscaregivers.org

Northwoods Pregnancy Center Closed until further notice Staff and volunteers are working remotely during normal office hours (Monday – Wednesday 11-4)  Please call 218-444-3035 or email mailto:info@northwoodspregnancy.com

Northern Dental Access Center Northern Dental Access Center is closed for most services until further notice.  Effective 3/20/2020. Encourage dental emergency situations to call NDAC; they are taking phone calls Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and scheduling emergency appointments T, W and Thursday starting at 9 a.m. as needed. A dental “emergency” involves: trauma to the mouth, swelling, infection and significant pain.  DO NOT send dental emergencies to the emergency room!  Call NDAC. Until the threat subsides Legal Services of NW MN and Community Resource Connections are NOT meeting with consumers at Northern Dental Access Center. https://www.northerndentalaccess.org

Options for Independent Living. Working with people over the phone and other online programs that they feel best fit their needs:  not meeting with people in person. 218-497-0210 Bemidji Office Services Include: Peer Support/Visiting, Independent Living Skills Training, Community Education and Outreach, Information and referral,  Advocacy personal and systems, Transition services youth, Transition Services from Institutional Settingmailto:jessie@myoptions.info, https://www.myoptions.info

Park Place of Bemidji (Center City Housing)  Currently operating: some changes to the program and some staff are working from home.  We are able to move people in; doing assessments and move-in’s with increased safety precautions.  We currently have openings, so people can put in applications; they would need to know that things are moving a little slower since staff may not be here every day to look over the applications and schedule assessments. http://www.centercityhousing.org

Red Lake Department of Public Safety Victims of crime can contact 218-679-1919 or 218-533-4583 day or night for questions about services

River City Journey Outreach Hot meals provided each Sunday from noon until they are gone Free clothing available on site At the St. Michael’s parking lot Always in need of donations of food, clothing and financial assistance Contact: Joan Miller 556-0462

 St. Cloud VA/Leech Lake Housing Authority (Melody Gorden, LICSW)   melody.gorden@va.gov Still taking telephone applications and providing telephone mental health for Veteran’s experiencing homelessness – my program has many housing vouchers available for Native American Veteran’s experiencing homelessness in the Leech Lake and the surrounding areas which includes Bemidji – 320-339-5861.

St. Vincent DePaul Still taking calls at 218-368-6606 Vincent de Paul can also do food vouchers to Lueken’s.  Our help line is 218-368-6606.  Vouchers are based on family size.  We will mail or meet people in a public place in Bemidji to deliver vouchers.  They can still process food gas and utility checks; but they are asking that people contact Churches United first for these benefits.  No home visits https://www.svdpusa.org

Sanford Health Hospital Not open to visitors Only allowing minors and special needs patients 1 accompanying adult Family of end-of-life situations only Working in cooperation with the local Shelters to increase space and access to space for homeless and patients of COVID virus  As of this morning; no hospitalizations required If you want to be tested for virus you should call the 333-5000 number and speak to a nurse.  They will screen you verbally and if they see reason to do a test they will provide you with an appointment at one of their remote sites.  They will test you in your vehicle; you should arrive alone if possible.  There is no limit on testing at this time – no backlog or wait Tests are currently being shipped to Sioux Falls for processing – results are available in 48 hours.

 Stehler Services Clarification on using the Crisis Texting program: Make sure that people know they should text the letters “MN” to the number 741-741. “MN” is what goes in the dialogue box. They can also reach out to Crisis Text Line through Facebook Messenger.  There are some great resources on Crisis Textlines website about how to deal with anxiety and isolation during this time: https://www.crisistextline.org/topics/get-help-coronavirus/#dealing-with-coronavirus-1Support Within Reach All staff are available by phone; answering phones directly  direct services for clients are AVAILABLE 24/7 and can be in person at office site. https://www.supportwithinreach.org

 The Emergency Management Center & Public Health They are posting updates on their Facebook page regularly. https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/Departments/Law%20enforcement/Emergency%20Mgmt.html https://www.facebook.com/beltramicountyemergencymanagement/

United Way of Bemidji Area United Way of Bemidji Area is coordinating face mask donations for homeless shelters, the Bemidji School District, and local agencies. Thanks to an Anderson Fabrics donation, we do have fabric available! If you would like to sew masks, please email Annie at Annie@UnitedWayBemidji.org and tell her how many adult and how many children masks. If you need fabric, please stop by the United Way office between 11 am and 4 pm to pick some up.You may use any pattern you like or use one of the ones listed below. Multiple patterns are available online and on YouTube. United Way is swapping out volunteers for agencies that are doing essential work during this health crisis. Contact United Way at 444-8929 if you need volunteers to continue doing your work. Staff remain available by telephone at 218-444-8929 Still implementing Backpack Buddies; pick-up/delivery on Fridays.  If you know of a student in need notify the school where they attend and request. Emergency Fund has been created to support access to food, emergency needs, and care to elderly/most vulnerable in our community. Agencies with unexpected expenses combined with fundraising shortfalls due to event cancellations will be included.  UnitedWayBemidji.org

 Village of Hope Open 24/7 Business as usual with increased attention to personal safety. Rent Wize is suspended indefinitely NO Visitors are allowed  https://www.villageofhopebemidji.org/

Pennington County, MN

Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf  Food Shelf is now distributing food on Saturdays. Food is distributed Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Food is distributed at the Food Shelf, 16330 150th St. N.E. The Food Shelf is utilizing a drive-through approach. People only need to drive up, provide their name and address, provide their age, and provide the ages of anyone else in their household receiving food. Clients only need to be Minnesota residents. Clients are reminded to notify staff and volunteers of any allergies or special dietary needs.

Thief River Falls Chapter of the Salvation Army is providing assistance to area individuals who have lost their jobs or seen reductions in the hours they work because of COVID-19.The goal of the Salvation Army has been and continues to be to provide emergency assistance to individuals in need. Lately, local representatives said they have seen an increase in requests for assistance from individuals who were suddenly without a job or lost hours at work because of COVID-19. Some individuals who lost jobs have requested assistance that helps them either stay in their homes or leave town to stay with a relative. At this time, there isn’t a local contact number. Individuals who need assistance should call Joanne Johnson Lee, regional Salvation Army coordinator, at 651-746-3406.

Norman County, MN

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Norman County buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Services and operations will continue on the same schedule through both phone and email. More information is provided on the Norman County website.

Area Food Shelves – Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, Tuesdays 9am to 1pm / Immanual Lutheran Church, Hendrum, Thursdays 5:30-7:30PM, Appointments 1-800-510-9967 / St William’s Catholic Church, Twin Valley, Wednesdays 1-4pm, Must have ID and utility bill / Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, Thursdays, 5-7pm / Reach, Hawley, Mondays and Thursdays, 9am – 4pm, 218-483-3145

Roseau County, MN

The Courthouse, Social Services, Law Enforcement and Highway Department facilities will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 19th, at 4:30 pm; but all County services will continue. Access to Court operations will be as described in an Administrative Order issue by Chief Judge Tamara Yon. The Transfer Station/Demolition Landfill is to remain open as scheduled; however, public access to the office & shop areas will be prohibited. The Roseau County Board will be meeting in Regular Session every Tuesday morning, 8:30 a.m., in the Courthouse Board Room; however, in order to meet the social distancing guidelines, no public access will be allowed. Therefore, the public may participate in these meetings electronically, (please view the Roseau County website for more information on this topic).

Misc. Information - Clinics and Hospitals are up and running in all areas of course. Public cannot enter the Hallock hospital Schools are closed. Off sale sold in Lake Bronson, MN 12-4 pm but bars are closed in service areas. The Dollar General in Hallock is very busy as well as Grocery Store. Lake Bronson Grocery Store takes orders for ppl and take to individuals cars if need be. Restaurants of course too are closed. The Kittson County Courthouse is on Lockdown by appt. The Public Library in Hallock is closed. The Senior Station in Hallock is closed but do deliver meals. Kittson County Social Services no appointments as the State has said no face to face visits. Can call there and most SW working from home. There is staff there at office though and applications can be dropped in drop box. Dougs in Warroad open also and deliver to individuals in need of orders placed before 4 pm to be delivered that same day.

Clearwater County, MN

Clearwater County Food Shelf is located at American Legion - Back of Building. 114 Main Ave N, American Legion Building, Bagley, MN, 56621. (218) 694-6400. Open from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Wednesday

Lake of the Woods County, MN

Lake of the Woods Food Shelf, 106 NE 2nd St, Baudette, MN, 56623, (218) 634-3295. Primarily serves Lake of the Woods, Western Koochiching, and Eastern Roseau Counties https://www.facebook.com/LOWFoodShelf  (218) 634-3295

Kittson County, MN

The Cornerstone Food Pantry Basement of Grace Lutheran Church.Hours: Tuesdays: 2-6 p.m., Thursdays: 4-6 p.m., 321 Birch Ave, Hallock, MN 56728, Contact: 218.843.3388

Care & Share Pantry Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m., 106 E Main Street, Lake Bronson, MN 56734, Contact: 218.754.3663

Marshall County, MN

Argyle Area Food Shelf 511 W 3rd St, St. Rose Church, Argyle, MN, 56713-4045, (218) 437-6341, 6:30pm - 7:00pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month, Serves only residents of Stephen and Argyle

Warren Food Shelf, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN, 56762-1428, (218) 201-0029, Alma Free Lutheran, 28098 300th St NW, Argyle, MN, 56713-9436, (218) 874-2101, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Tuesday, https://www.facebook.com/WarrenAreaFoodShelf

Alma Free Lutheran Food Shelf, 28098 300th St NW, Argyle, MN, 56713-9436, (218) 874-2101, dgray@wiktel.com, http://almaaflc.org