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Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline

The Minnesota Department of Health has public hotlines to answer COVID-19 questions.

School and childcare questions:

651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Health questions:

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Mayo Clinic Health System

Greetings from Mayo Clinic Health System

This email update is intended to provide information that may be of interest to you and your networks. We plan to share an update monthly. Please share any or all of this information in your community. Have questions or want more information on a particular topic? Drop us a note at

WEBINAR: Drugs and Alcohol Impacts on Youth  |  Thurs., Jan. 20 from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Learn what to look for when children may be using drugs and alcohol, and the health risks that are involved. Tyler Oesterle, M.D., addiction psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic Health System and medical director of Fountain Centers, discusses what you can do to keep children safe and away from drugs and alcohol and how to detect when children may be using.  Register here.

Resiliency Series  |  Webinars offering tips, tools and guidance to a happier and stronger you

If you feel like you’re dealing with more stress this year than in the past, you’re not alone. Anxiety, sadness, anger, stress, and fatigue are at all-time highs. Join Dr. Amit Sood, executive director of the Resilient Option program, on a journey to help bring back balance into your life. The Resiliency Series offers tips, tools and guidance to a happier and stronger you. Register for the upcoming webinar or view the recordings of the previous webinars.

Creating More Head Space: Thoughtfully Prioritizing Your Day  •  Wed., Jan. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m.
How do you prioritize when the days feel crowded with everything that seems important? Learn the science and art of bringing intentionality and efficiency to your day so you can get more mileage from your brain. Register now.

       How to Handle a Difficult Day  •  Missed the first session of the series?  View the recording here.

       Three Steps to Better Relationships  •  Missed the second session of the series?  View the recording here.

 Commitment to Community  |  Hometown Health Grants

An individual’s health and well-being are influenced not only by health care, but by the health of the communities in which they live, work and raise their family. Mayo Clinic Health System is proud of its partnerships with local and regional programs, initiatives and events that make a positive, lasting impact on community well-being.

New Prague Rotary Foundation received funding to support the start-up of the Peace Garden, a community garden that will provide seasonal fresh produce to the New Prague Peace Center. This community driven project to increase food security aligns with our Community Health Needs Assessment and commitment to addressing social determinants of health.

WEBINAR: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Where do we go from here?  |  Wed., Jan. 12 at Noon

It’s not easy keeping up with the COVID-19 pandemic. Variants, vaccines, testing, treatments – things change frequently on each of these fronts. Dr. Abinash Virk, Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, will be joined by Mayo Clinic Health System experts Dr. Paul Mueller and Dr. Raj Palraj in a discussion of key topics including the Omicron and Delta variants, vaccine effectiveness, oral and infusion therapies, and making sense of the latest and quarantine guidelines. In addition, the panel will respond to your questions, which can be shared during the presentation or in advance. Register here.

COVID-19 UPDATE  |  Testing & Omicron Surge

Testing: The high demand for COVID-19 tests continue, along with questions about the various types of tests and when to use them. Learn more about the various testing options and how they work. Mayo Clinic patients can also use the online symptom checker to determine if they are a good candidate for a COVID-19 test at a Mayo Clinic testing site.

January bringing an omicron surge: The rapid spread of COVID-19 due to the omicron variant continues. Over the last seven days, we’re now averaging about 400,000 or so new cases a day. While people who are fully vaccinated can get breakthrough infections and spread the virus to others, COVID-19 vaccines effectively prevent severe illness. Mayo Clinic experts urge people to protect themselves by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask. Being fully vaccinated, including getting a booster when eligible, offers the highest protection possible against COVID-19. Learn more with Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research group.

Get the latest information from the Mayo Clinic Health System HERE!

Greetings from Mayo Clinic Health System

This special update is provided to our community partners on behalf of Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota to address the evidence of another COVID-19 surge coming to our communities. There is a lot of information and misinformation circulating about COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring you, your family and our communities have access to accurate and timely COVID-19 information to stay safe as COVID-19 mutates.

Your best defense against further spread of COVID-19

Masking   •   Social Distancing   •   Handwashing   •   Vaccination  •  Testing & Self-Isolating

Masking & Distancing  |  Has the science changed? No, the situation itself has. Masking recommendations change based on transmission rates. We’ve seen increased transmission and we’ve seen new variants come along. It’s a lot like a weather watch on the TV. As the situation changes, the meteorologists upgrade you from a watch to a warning. This is no different. Evidence has shown that those who are vaccinated still have the potential to transmit COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms, because of that the CDC is recommending that everyone wear masks even if they’re vaccinated to help slow this delta variant surge and give a chance to those who aren’t vaccinated to get vaccinated, and avoid getting hospitalized or seriously ill.

What about kids?  Over 500 kids have died of COVID-19 in our country and we know there can be long-lasting effects from this infection that we’re still trying to understand. We don’t know the impacts of this illness on their developing organs and bodies. Because of the concerns that have been raised about negative effects of masking on children, there have been numerous studies – all showing there are no negative health effects. Masking is recommended for anyone over 2. Learn more about the benefits of wearing masks in school.

Interested in the science behind how masking slows the spread? See the mannequins in action and check out the published mask study.

COVID-19 Vaccination   |  Unvaccinated populations remain the highest risk group.

Get vaccinated. The number of COVID-19 infections, mostly with the delta variant, continues to rise, especially in parts of the U.S. where vaccination rates are low. Younger people are among those being infected with the highly contagious virus. The most important thing we can do to protect kids under 12 years of age, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated themselves, is to ensure that as many people who are around them and who are interacting with them are vaccinated.  With back to school season here, we all want our students to be where they learn best – in the classroom with teachers and friends. We can all do our part to get students back to school safely by getting vaccinated. Vaccines are extremely effective protecting against death, hospitalization and severe disease. Not only does it protect you, but it may also prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others. Help us achieve herd immunity to protect those who are unable to receive the vaccine due to age or medical conditions.

Schedule your vaccine today!  Ages 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccination locations may vary based on your community.  Appointments can be made through Patient Online Services or by calling 507-594-2100.

For other locations to receive the vaccine in your community, launch the Vaccine Connector tool.

Immunocompromised?  Third shot now available. Patients who are immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. These patients have been identified and will be contacted through Patient Online Services or by mail to schedule an appointment. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System patient and believe you are eligible for an additional dose, you should seek an appointment at a local health care provider or pharmacy. You’ve probably heard the terms, vaccine booster, additional dose and variant booster dose, but what do they mean? Get a quick break down of the booster terminology to understand the difference.

COMMUNITY FORUM:  Inform your decision about vaccine by attending an upcoming forum sponsored by Mayo Clinic featuring Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD on Saturday, Aug. 28 at noon. Dr. Corbett has been on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and will be focusing on the mistrust in the COVID-19 vaccine in the African American community. She will be joined by Pernessa Seele, DHL, MS and Mayo Clinic providers LaPrincess Bewer, MD, MPH and Chyke Doubeni, MBBS, MPH.  Click here to register.

COVID-19 TESTING  |  If you are experiencing symptoms, get tested & self-isolate while you wait.

The delta variant is spreading globally and in our communities. It’s more contagious than previous strains detected in the U.S., and transmission is increasing. Symptoms of the delta variant are slightly different, including nasal congestion, headache, low or no fever. Severe cough and breathlessness are not as common, especially in those who are vaccinated. Get tested if you are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Schedule a test. Call 507-594-2100 to schedule an appointment, or call the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525 to determine if you need to be tested. You also can use Check Symptoms on your Patient Online Services account to evaluate symptoms. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has re-opened our COVID vaccination and testing site on Stadium road due increasing need for testing and vaccination appointments.

After you get tested. Not sure what to do between now and receiving your results? Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance while you wait.


Mayo Clinic Health System Vaccine • Vaccination FAQ • Debunking Vaccine Myths • SWMN COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Quick Links:

Self-Assessment Tool • Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Map • Mayo Clinic News Network • Mayo Clinic Health System COVID-19 • MN Dept of Health •

Minnesota Helpline: For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

 Local Community Assistance

Hope for the Community

Helping kids cope through the quarantine

Local Businesses

Mediacom Mediacom Communications announced today the company extension through June 30, 2020, of a series of previously announced initiatives directed at helping  American families address work, education, and health care challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Specific initiatives include: 

  • Offering the Mediacom Connect2Compete low-cost Internet program free for 60 days to new qualifying families.  
  • Extending the pricing of Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 service to new customers at $19.99 per month for 12 months (currently retails for $29.99 per month).  
  • Pausing monthly data allowances across all Mediacom Internet service tiers.  
  • Providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots.  

“The Coronavirus pandemic has forced schools across the nation to close their facilities and quickly implement online learning programs,” said John Pascarelli, Mediacom’s EVP of Operations. “By extending  these initiatives through June 30th, Mediacom hopes to help students, teachers, and administrators safely and  successfully finish the 2019-20 school year.”  

Along with these initiatives, Mediacom joined a number of other Internet service providers in recommitting to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge issued by Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai. As part of this pledge, Mediacom will not disconnect Internet or phone services or assess late fees to any customer that calls and informs the company that they cannot pay their bills through June 30th due to a COVID-19  related issue.  

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About Mediacom Communications Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video, and phone services to nearly 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states. The company delivers scalable broadband solutions to commercial and public-sector customers of all sizes through Mediacom Business and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at


Thomas Larsen 

SVP – Government & Public Relations 

(845) 443-2754

Schmitty and Sons We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone. A time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you. For more than 60 years, Schmitty & Sons has focused on our mission of safety for our passengers, employees, and the communities that we serve. This lasting mission guides us as we closely monitor, assess, and respond to this situation. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us as your transportation partner. In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our business continuity plan that examines all areas of business operations at every Schmitty & Sons location and have taken actions to ensure continued service to our customers. Rest assured, we are prepared to serve you. First and foremost, our plan ensures the health and safety of our employees, so we can continue to deliver and support the transportation service you count on. We know many are concerned about how the impact the global health situation is having on our employees. Schmitty & Sons is proud to support our employees in their critical roles. Precautionary measures have been taken to limit the potential spread of the virus, to support our employees in this challenging time and to ensure we maintain our ability to serve you, our customer, for the long term. Our senior leadership team remains vigilant and is monitoring the situation in real time and responding rapidly as conditions evolve.

New Market Elko Webster Lions Club The N.E.W. lions have 2 raffles in play that must be delayed. All charitable gambling sites were shut down March 17th when all bars and restaurants in MN were closed. The gun raffle drawing for April 17 at the Double Wide and the 52 club raffle at Wagner park on May 1st have been postponed. We hope to announce new dates as soon as the Covid-19 shutdown is over. We apologize to our loyal supporters for this inconvenience. Contact Lion Bob Larsen N.E.W. Lions Charitable Gambling manager with any questions or concerns.

Dakota Electric Click to see the newsletter from Dakota Electric.

Grazing Acres Grazing Acres is working hard to be able to share our meat with anyone who may be looking for an alternative place to “shop” right now. We work with two different butcher shops; both family-owned, one State-Inspected and the other Federally-Inspected and have standing dates to continue to bring animals in for quarters, halves and any ground or specialty cuts people may be looking for. We do ask that people contact us to set up a time to come by the farm and an idea of what they would like so we can adjust what we have on hand. They can reach out to us via our Facebook page or website.

Farmers Insurance Open for business. We will operate in any manner you prefer as a client or prospect.  Happy to work on reviews or new quotes or even just update information!

Northfield Hospital If community members would like to donate supplies like N95 masks they can email:

American Family Insurance Open for business.

Endzone Bar and Grill Open for take out.

Zweber Farms Open for business.

Niemeyer Trailer Sales We will be closed during the Safe at Home Executive order.  Please view our inventory, Truck Toppers, RV Parts Catalog and Summer tent trailer rentals on line. We will be available to answer any questions during this time by phone 952-461-2525 or email or feel free to contact me directly

Scott County Library System How We’re Operating – May 2021

At this time, we’re splitting our days between walk-in Express Service hours (E) and Appointment hours (A). Use the table below to see when we’re open.

Seniors At Home Seniors at Home, Inc. is providing free grocery shopping and delivery for Elko New Market residents. In addition, Seniors at Home, Inc. can provide free food assistance for those in need, however, assistance is limited to Elko New Market residents. Food will be delivered to their home. The owner is a resident of Elko New Market. Residents can email, text or call to request service.

Text: 612.865.8371
Call: 952.222.7700

Business News and Resources

Business Relief Program Applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021 and will be processed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed, or until March 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ScottCo-EO20-99-Business-Relief-Guidelines-FINAL

Latest News from the Governor

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Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

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MN Unemployment Insurance

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Meant to help sustain businesses and organizations amid economic hardship. Possible bill that would provide no interest loans for small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease

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