The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is committed to supporting Minnesota’s Black community through the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. We empathize with the health and economic concerns our community is experiencing around the potential impacts of this issue, and we intend to be responsive to the needs of our network contributors (1,500+ African American Thought Leaders, Builders, Influencers, & Ambassadors), as well as our affiliates and the Black community at large.
Reducing Your Risk from COVID-19
Practice Social Distancing
COVID-19 exists in a category of viruses that cause the common cold and the flu. Many people may experience very mild symptoms if they get this virus. However, for those who are senior citizens and others with compromised immune systems, severe illness can result. It is important to minimize your exposure to the virus and/or your potential to give it to others (in other words, stay home as much as possible).
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You can minimize your chances of getting COVID-19 (or spreading it) by:
- Practicing social distancing
- Washing your hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) regularly and/or using hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face with unclean hands
- Regularly disinfect surfaces in your home and environment
Please remember that if you are a younger person with a strong immune system, you may experience this virus like you would a cold or the flu. However, for those with compromised immune systems and chronic illness, and those over the age of 60, getting this virus can be deadly. If you have family members and others who fall into this category, be sure to keep your distance.
Additional Information About COVID-19 & Resources
- CDC – Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Community
- World Health Organization
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- COVID-19 Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Meal Access During School Closures (Saint Paul Public Schools)
- Internet Options for Low-Income Students (Comcast)
- MN Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19
- Coronavirus economic response questions: (651) 266-8500
- Bankrate: “13 Steps to Take if You’ve Lost Your Job Due to Coronavirus”
- Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for cancer patients
For Philanthropy and Nonprofits:
Telecommuting/Remote Work Tools & Resources
- Google Hangouts Premium is free through July 1.
- Microsoft Teams is available for free for six months.
- GoToMeeting is also offering their remote work tools free for three months.
- Nonprofits focused on fighting COVID-19 can access three months of free Dropbox Premium.
- Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits
Additional Resources for Support
- Minnesota COVID-19 Response (Rent, Mortgage, & Utilities)
- Human Services Programs
- Employer and Employee Support
- Housing Support
- Food & Nutrition COVID-19 Resources
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotlines. Call between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. Schools and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
- Mental Health Resources: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota (1-888-NAMI-Helps/1-888-626-4435)
- Resources for Bloomington residents