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Coronavirus Communication

Although our learning model has shifted to distance learning for the time being, it is vital that you continue to call in to the Health Office at 651-621-6804 to report any positive cases of COVID-19, close contact exposures to any positive cases of COVID-19, and signs or symptoms of illness that you may have in your household.

This information allows us to prioritize safety when we transition back into the blended learning environment by adhering to Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for quarantine and isolation, thereby limiting the spread of the virus.

In addition to helping us keep students and staff safe when we return to in-person learning, ongoing communication with the school allows us to keep track of the incidence of COVID-19 in our school community. This data is utilized by our district level COVID team and our regional support team as we make decisions regarding which instructional model we are able to operate within safely.

The Health Office can also be helpful in providing guidance on isolation and quarantine recommendations. Although the Minnesota Department of Health does call the homes of those who test positive for COVID-19, they are currently backlogged given the rapid increase in cases recently. When you contact the Health Office, we will assist you with calculating quarantine and isolation dates, providing information to help you with contact tracing, and connecting you with knowledgeable staff who can help answer questions you may have. You can also contact Breanna Peloquin, Irondale Administration Intern/Covid Coordinator at 651-621-6810.

Minnesota also has enhanced testing availability. Here is some additional information about available testing:

At-home COVID-19 saliva testing
Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.

COVID-19 community testing sites
All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. MDH is always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.

Find nasal swab community testing sites
Find saliva community testing sites