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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:25 PM

Greetings Dowling families,

 

I was so hoping to be able to start greeting some of our students in our building by now.  Unfortunately, as you know, the covid-19 pandemic is continuing to grow.  Here in Minnesota, the number of cases and hospitalizations are escalating at an alarming rate.  Because I care about all of you, I want to make sure that you have complete and correct information about covid-19 and how to best protect yourself and your loved ones.   Lots of links below!

 

I'm getting a lot of questions about WHEN TO TEST, WHEN TO QUARANTINE, AND WHEN TO ISOLATE.   Do you have these questions too?  Helpful information about this is in the link below.  

 

Also - did you know that the state of MN is providing FREE AT-HOME COVID TESTING?  Click on the links below to find out how to get your FREE at-home saliva test DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME.  You'll need to follow the directions to register but it's pretty fast (I did it a few days ago and received my test kit already).  You'll then have a test available and will able to do it from your own home whenever needed.  The turnaround time for results is 24-48 hours after it's received.  If you have insurance, you'll be asked for insurance information.  If you don't have insurance, the state of MN will pay for your kit and testing - there will be no charge to you.  Parents can request a test kit for their each one of their children as well.  

 

Important reminder:  Please do your best to be safe and to keep others safe!

  • STAY HOMESTAY HOME.  STAY HOME. (as much as possible!).  
  • Wear a mask anytime you are out in public.  Wear it correctly - fully covering your nose and mouth.
  • AVOID GATHERINGS with people that don't live in your home.  Yes, this is one of the hardest things about covid-19.
  • Social distance - keep at least 6 feet away from people that don't live in your home.  Please know that the 6 foot recommendation is not magical and that covid can spread at distances of even greater than 6 feet in certain conditions.  
  • Wash your hands frequently.

Please feel free to call or email me with questions or concerns.  

Know that I am so thankful for our Dowling community and want you all to be safe and healthy.

 

Take care,

 

Roxanne Truen, RN, LSN

Ph: 612-668-4416

roxanne.truen@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

 

LINKS:

 

When to quarantine, when to isolate:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19-Quarantine-vs-Isolation.pdf

 

Information and links for free at-home Covid testing:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html

https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota/

 

Covid updates and general info:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

 

Covid and Thanksgiving:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

 

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SOMALI information and links:

 

General Covid information:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/somali.html

 

Link for free at-home Covid testing:

https://learn.vaulthealth.com/mn-covid-somali/