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
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- HR guidance for exposure to COVID-19 and leave time
- Health information: Prevention, symptoms and resources
- CDC guidance for employers, communities and individuals about slow the spread of COVID-19
- Emergency paid leave request (PDF)
- Weekly updates from the Board of Commissioners
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- Messages to employees
- Health and mental health information
- Social media guidelines
- Policies and Procedures
Compliance and Oversight Team
Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team (RECERT) and Administrators
- Freedom without justice is not freedom
- Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response during COVID-19
Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr. Thomas Nguyen
Medical Director Dr. Lynne Ogawa
- Best practices for cloth face coverings
- May 7, 2020 message
- COVID-19 and our service delivery changes
- Answering common questions from employees on COVID-19
Messages from County Manager Ryan O'Connor
- June 30, 2020 County Manager Column
Guest video: COVID-19 Public Health update
- June 23, 2020 County Manager Column
Commissioners address alleged incident at Adult Detention Center
- June 16, 2020 County Manager Column
Cloth face coverings policy introduced this week
- June 9, 2020 County Manager Column
Taking the next step toward more integrated service delivery
- June 2, 2020 County Manager Column
Taking stock following a painful, historic week
- May 27, 2020 County Manager Column
Course correcting now to propose a 2021 budget that continues to reflect our values
- May 19. 2020 County Manager Column
What the 'Stay at Home' to 'Stay Safe' transition means to us
- May 12, 2020 County Manager Column
Building a Residents First integrated service model
- May 5, 2020 County Manager Column
Supporting individuals, families, small businesses and job seekers using CARES funds
- April 30, 2020 video message
- April 28, 2020 County Manager Column
Ramsey County Operation under an Incident Command System
- April 21, 2020 County Manager Column
Ramsey County stands in support of our racial, ethnic and immigrant communities and staff in response to COVID-19
- April 14, 2020 County Manager Column
Our commitment to protecting those without homes during the COVID-19 pandemic
- April 7, 2020 County Manager Column
Continuing our work in new ways in a new environment
- April 3, 2020 video message
- March 31, 2020 County Manager Column
Join Census@Work Day on April 7
- March 25, 2020 message from Board Chair Carter and Ryan O'Connor
- March 24, 2020 County Manager Column
March 24 COVID update
- March 23, 2020 afternoon message
- March 23, 2020 video morning message
- March 20, 2020 message
- March 17, 2020 message
- March 15, 2020 message
Board of commissioners
Current COVID-19 health information
Current information on the virus, along with other resources, is on the COVID-19 health information page.
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.
Mental health information
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.
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
Finance has activated accounting codes for both purchases and personnel activity to track expenses related to coronavirus.
More policies and procedures
More information on policies and procedures can be found on the employee FAQ page.