County Employee Information on COVID-19
All county employees are encouraged to share this information in response to questions they may receive from clients or the general public. You may also proactively promote these health messages, as appropriate, within the scope of your work. This page will be updated on a regular basis with new information and resources. Please check back for the latest information.
- COVID-19/coronavirus FAQs for Ramsey County employees
- Guidance to employees for exposure to presumptive or confirmed COVID-19
- Health information: Prevention, symptoms and resources
- CDC guidance for employers, communities and individuals about slow the spread of COVID-19
Medical Director Dr. Lynne Ogawa's messages for employees
Messages from County Manager Ryan O'Connor
- April 3, 2020 message
- March 25, 2020 message from Board Chair Carter and Ryan O'Connor
- March 23, 2020 afternoon message
- March 23, 2020 morning message
- March 20, 2020 message
- March 17, 2020 message
- March 15, 2020 message
County board meeting updates
- March 31, 2020 board of commissioners meeting
- March 24, 2020 board of commissioners meeting
- March 17, 2020 board of commissioners meeting
Policies and procedures
Finance has activated accounting codes for both purchases and personnel activity to track expenses related to coronavirus.
Inventory survey on staff members skills and availability
This survey will be used to collect information on existing skills, experiences and availability in our workforce. Using this information, we will identify opportunities within the county for temporary reassignment on an as-needed basis or if we experience emergency staffing shortages. This survey will not be used to permanently reassign staff members.
We are asking all Ramsey County employees with children age 12 and under who anticipate having an unmet childcare need due to their work at Ramsey County to complete this survey.
The information below is for employees enrolled in the county medical insurance plan through HealthPartners.
How to stay healthy
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before eating, after using the restroom or after blowing your nose.
- If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home when you’re feeling sick.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home and workplace.
If you need care
If you think you may have acquired or been exposed to COVID-19, you can take a screening assessment online at virtuwell or Doctor on Demand. Both are available 24/7 at no cost to you.
If you have additional concerns, contact your primary care clinic.
As a HealthPartners member, you won’t have any out-of-pocket cost for administration of the COVID-19 laboratory test. (regardless of where the test is performed). You will also not have out-of-pocket costs related to an in-network office or urgent care visit associated with the test*. Coverage with no member cost sharing will not apply to an emergency room visit.
*If the test or office or urgent care visit is done out-of-network, coverage will be applied based on out-of-network benefits.
HealthPartners has also temporarily changed our early refill policy* due to the public health concerns caused by COVID-19. We want to ensure our members have access to adequate medication by allowing for early refills.
*For Medicare members we anticipate this will in place as soon as possible.
Sign into healthpartners.com or call Member Services at the number on the back of your member ID card if you have questions about your coverage or where to get care.
Additional information on coronavirus is available at healthpartners.com/coronavirus.
Ramsey County is dedicated to putting residents first and we value our employees. All employees and anyone living at the same address has access to the employee assistance program. We know that COVID-19 has brought many disruptions to daily routines and has created a sense of uncertainty. Employees are encouraged to contact the EAP for additional support and resources. The program is available 24/7 and all inquiries are confidential.
Social media guidelines
As the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation quickly evolves, please keep our social media guidelines in mind when sharing messages related to county programs and services on social media and other digital spaces