The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated following Gov. Tim Walz’s March 13 executive order issuing a Peacetime State of Emergency in response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak.
The SEOC facilitates coordination between agencies so the state can work to keep Minnesotans safe and provide essential services during emergencies. Coordination is currently taking place virtually and through daily conference calls with state agency partners.
The SEOC Hotline is also activated to answer questions regarding Gov. Walz’s executive order to close schools statewide through March 27 and provide child care to emergency workers. Staff from the departments of Education and Human Services are answering calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at either 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504.
The SEOC will provide daily updates on state activities related to COVID-19, and will also provide information on the SEOC website.
Here are today’s updates and actions from state agencies and volunteer organizations:
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Global/National Update (as of 9 a.m., March 18, 2020)
Minnesota Update (as of 9 a.m., March 18, 2020)
Actions and Outreach
American Red Cross Minnesota Region
The nation now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Through March 17, nearly 4,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country, resulting in more than 100,000 fewer blood donations.
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Minnesota Department of Commerce
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is releasing two consumers alerts related to fraud during the COVID-19 outbreak
Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC)
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Emergency Communication Networks (ECN)
Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED)
State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD)
The State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) is working closely with various fire service associations and groups to provide best practices guidance for fire departments and fire departments that provide emergency medical services.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
The three Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries in Duluth, Little Falls and Preston remain open for both visitors and interments. We are strongly urging that all visitors and committal services adhere to MDH guidelines for community mitigation. Options for families:
Minnesota Office of Higher Education