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Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Guidance on COVID-19

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) related to mitigation of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission to limit the spread of the virus in Ramsey County.

Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (MDH website)

Based on these guidelines, Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is recommending the following:

  • Cancel, postpone or modify in-person community events of more than 250 people.
  • For events of any size: ensure the space provides for six feet of space between individuals, offer virtual options to participate, or postpone the event.
  • Cancel gatherings of any size of high-risk individuals, including older adults or anyone with underlying health conditions.
  • Continue providing support services for individuals and families in need.
  • The closing of child care or K-12 schools are not recommended at this time. Schools are encouraged to support students and staff who may be asked by public health officials to stay home for 14 days by allowing for leniency in absenteeism from classes and extracurricular activities.

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is committed to continually evaluating and communicating guidance in partnership with state and federal partners to ensure the safety of Ramsey County residents. This guidance will remain in place until further notice.

For the latest updates, visit

Risk and prevention

Ramsey County is asking residents who are not feeling well to stay home and not go to work or attend community events or celebrations, large or small.

Our first line of defense for preventing the spread of novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 is for residents who are sick to stay home and not be out in the community. Our second line of defense is for everyone to practice good health habits: washing your hands thoroughly and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. 

The situation with COVID-19 is changing frequently. Each day brings new information which could change recommendations.

Large public events canceled or postponed

Ramsey County is following the guidance outlined above and making case-by-case determinations about postponing, canceling or modifying public events, meetings and hearings we are hosting. Details will be available through communications on specific events, programs and projects. Please also see for updates and more information.

Information for Ramsey County employees

View COVID-19/Coronavirus messages and information

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:56 p.m.