COVID-19 Resources

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United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The COVID-19 pandemic affects every one of UWNEMN's Focus Areas: helping children succeed, empowering healthy lives, and stabilizing families and individuals. Our staff is hard at work to respond to this crisis in a thoughtful, responsible way.

In an effort to empower healthy lives across our communities, UWNEMN has implemented a Visitor & Volunteer COVID-19 policy.
Please review by clicking here.

UWNEMN is raising COVID-19 Crisis Funds to assist programs, agencies, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Funds raised on the Iron Range will stay on the Iron Range. Click here for more information.

  • Wild About Reading events have been canceled for summer 2020. NEW THIS SUMMER: To celebrate early literacy, we will be posting a new Story Time With UWNEMN video every Wednesday at 10 am. Click here to see the videos that have been posted so far!
  • For a full list of all UWNEMN events for 2020-2021, click here
  • Comforts of Home is currently unable to accommodate in-person appointments. If families or individuals in crisis are in need of home goods, referring agencies or caseworkers can email sarah@unitedwaynemn.org to arrange for UWNEMN staff to pack requested items for clients that can be made available for pick-up. If families or individuals would prefer to wait for in-person appointments to resume, email sarah@unitedwaynemn.org to get on a wait list for when the program resumes as normal.
  • Imagination Library will continue to mail books directly to children's homes on a monthly basis. If you have a child under 5 who is not enrolled in this program, this may be a good time to enroll them; click here to do soPlease keep in mind it takes 6-8 weeks for the first book to arrive. NEW THIS SUMMER: To celebrate early literacy, we will be posting a new Story Time With UWNEMN video every Wednesday at 10 am. Click here to see the videos that have been posted so far!
  • Meet Up and Chow Down is providing free summer lunches to children 1-18 at 8 different sites in Chisholm, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, and Virginia. Due to COVID-19, lunches will be served "grab and go" style. Click here to learn more.
  • Smiles United dental program is returning to UWNEMN's Chisholm building to provide dental care to uninsured and under-insured children July 1st. Updated precautions will be in place for this program due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more. To make an appointment, call 1-866-543-6009.
  • United for Veterans continues to operate as usual. If you are a veteran in need of assistance, please have your local VSO contact erin@unitedwaynemn.org on your behalf. 

Region-wide:

 

  • Advocates for Family Peace remains available 24/7 by phone and limited in-person meetings. Itasca County: 218-326-0388 or 1-800-909-8336 | St. Louis County: 218-248-5512 or 1-800-909-8336. If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can also text 218-259-3407.
  • American Red Cross Minnesota is facing a severe blood shortage due to blood drives being canceled across the country. Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of their donors and staff; if you're healthy and able, please consider scheduling a blood or platelets donation. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click hereRed Cross offices in MN are closed, and free smoke detector installation is temporarily suspended. Those in crisis can still reach Red Cross staff in our region by calling 218-722-0071. All disaster response services remain in place and available to those impacted by disasters such as home fires or spring flooding.
  • Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) is requesting customers call ahead before visiting the office and postpone or cancel appointments if they are sick. AEOA's Head Start classrooms, Tax Aid sites, and Minnesota Power Conservation Improvement Program are closed until further notice. AEOA's essential services for food access continues. There are no service changes for home delivered meals or grocery delivery. Senior Dining continues as takeout service with a few locations that are closed. The  NE MN Food Shelf Network members are offering pre-boxed pick-up. For site specific information please call 218-800-662-5711, ext. 6899 or 735-6899. AEOA is in need of volunteers to deliver meals in the Hibbing area (call 218-262-4784 if interested) and to shop/deliver groceries in Hibbing and Virginia (call 218-748-7323 if interested).
  • Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County has postponed one-on-one in-person advocacy sessions as well as speaking and educational sessions. All immediate upcoming trials and individual meetings with prosecutors have also been postponed.  In-person hospital advocacy may not be allowed (still under discussion with hospitals), law enforcement advocacy is case-by-case, and legal advocacy is available for emergencies after screening. One-on-one, hospital, law enforcement, and legal advocacy is ALWAYS available 24/7 by phone. Call 218-749-4725 and press #6 to leave a voice mail or call/text 218-780-7227. The program is accepting referrals through all disciplines and contacting families through phone calls and mail.

City-specific:

  • THURSDAYS: AEOA is distributing free contactless boxes of produce across the region. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
  • ELY: Northwoods Partners classes and groups are postponed. If you are elderly and in need of grocery delivery, call 218-365-8019.
  • FLOODWOOD: Floodwood Services & Training's thriFSTore is open 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday with a limit of 4 shoppers a a time; masks and social distancing expected. Donations are accepted Monday, Wednesday Friday from 9 am to 1 pm - COVID inspection will take place before the donation can be accepted. 
  • HIBBING: Salvation Army's soup kitchen is offering meals to go nightly from 4 pm to 4:45 pm. Its food shelf is operating BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Walk-ins will not be accepted, and those late to appointments will need to reschedule. Call 218-263-5096 to make an appointment.
  • HIBBING & VIRGINIA: Project Care Free Clinics are providing care by phone. Call your local clinic to set up an appointment. Prescriptions can also be refilled this way. Click here for more information. 
  • ITASCA COUNTY: Support Within Reach is available by phone and Zoom meetings (if advocate and client have access). If you are in need of a sexual assault exam, please go to the ER, and advocates will be present. The crisis line remains open: 1-866-747-5008.
  • MT. IRON: Habitat for Humanity's office and warehouse are closed. Staff is available by phone or email should you have any questions.
  • VIRGINIA: Arrowhead Center has removed clothing from their outdoor pantry and filled the shelves with food.  
  • VIRGINIA: Salvation Army's bread table, food shelf, and supper club is drive-through only. Appointments required for food shelf so staff can box up the food you need. Call 741-1889 to make an appointment.

Region-wide:

  • For a comprehensive list of food resources from the Rutabaga Project, including meals for children, food shelves, grocery assistance, and more, click here.
  • For a comprehensive list of restaurants on the Iron Range offering take-out and delivery, click here.
  • Families receiving free or reduced-priced school meals are eligible for Pandemic EBT funds. Click here for more information.
  • Minnesotans with low incomes are now able to purchase food online using SNAP benefits. Click here for more information. 
  • AEOA's essential services for food access continues. There are no service changes for home delivered meals or grocery delivery. Senior Dining continues as takeout service with a few locations that are closed. Click here for more information on the Senior Nutrition program. AEOA is in need of volunteers to deliver meals in the Hibbing area (call 218-262-4784 if interested) and to shop/deliver groceries in Hibbing and Virginia (call 218-748-7323 if interested).
  • NE MN Food Shelf Network food shelves have all changed their food distribution methods. Click here for a comprehensive list of food shelves' hours.
  • All Dollar General stores have dedicated their first hour of operations strictly to senior customers so they can purchase items when shelves are stocked and cleaned and avoid crowds. Stores ask other customers to plan shopping trips around that window of time.
  • The Rutabaga Project continues to stock its Little Free pantries and are doing their best to keep them clean. The pantry is santized once per weekday, but items inside have not been sanitized. Please wash your hands after using the pantry, and use your best judgment when accessing the pantry. If you are sick, please send a friend or family member to the pantry in your place. For a map of pantry locations, click here.
  • All Super One stores ask that the public allow the first hour of service to be the shopping hour for the elderly, immunocompromised, healthcare staff, and first responders. 
  • USDA is warning of SNAP scams arising to steal confidential information like social security numbers, bank information, or PIN numbers in order to qualify for COVID-19-related assistance. If you are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, call 1-800-657-3698. For a list of current potential scams, click here. If you belive you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department; you may also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by clicking here.

City-specific:

  • THURSDAYS: AEOA is distributing free contactless boxes of produce across the region. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
  • HIBBING: Salvation Army's food shelf is operating BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Walk-ins will not be accepted, and those late to appointments will need to reschedule. Call 218-263-5096 to make an appointment.
  • ITASCA COUNTY: Schools are continuing free lunches for local children for the summer. Click here for more information.
  • TOWER: Zup’s grocery store and the Brietung Police Department are teaming up to get groceries to the elderly and those whose health conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19. Simply call the store (218-753-2725), provide your order, and the police will deliver when they’re able.
  • VIRGINIA: Aldi is reserving 8:30-9:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday for senior citizens and immunocompromised shoppers.
  • VIRGINIA: Arrowhead Center has removed clothing from their outdoor pantry and filled the shelves with food.
  • VIRGINIA: Salvation Army's bread table, food shelf, and supper club is drive-through only.  Appointments required for food shelf so staff can box up the food you need. Call 741-1889 to make an appointment.
  • VIRGINIA: Target has reserved the first hour of shopping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for elderly and immunocompromised guests. 

For parents/guardians:

  • For questions about childcare, contact the Child Care Aware parent line at 1-888-291-9811 to be directed to available licensed child care providers - or click here to search on a map.
  • HIBBING: Kiddy Karousel is offering drop-in services to anyone in the area. Call Kiddy Karousel directly for details: 218-263-7450.

For providers:

  • The six Minnesota Initiative Foundations have created an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide immediate financial support to licensed child care providers in Greater Minnesota. Applicants must be a licensed family- or center-based child care provider, be located within a Greater Minnesota community, and serve children of essential and emergency workers. Click here for more information.
  • First Children's Finance conducted a webinar for child care businesses in our region to explore crisis management strategies for their businesses during COVID-19. To view the webinar - or for technical support, consulting, training, financial analysis and more - click here.
  • Click here for a list of mental health resourced during this time of self isolation from Mental Health Minnesota.

  • Essentia Health is providing COVID-19 screening at no cost. They encourage you to start an e-visit online first to connect with their team without leaving home. E-visits are available 24/7. Call their toll free number for COVID-19 questions or concerns: 1-833-494-0836. Essentia Health Urgent Care in Virginia is piloting a Mobile Testing Site; at this time only medical professionals and first responders exhibiting symptoms are using the site. Tickets to use the Mobile Testing site will be given during E-Visits (no one without a ticket will be granted access.) The site will be open from 9 am to 6 pm every day of the week as needed.

  • Fairview Health recommends a virtual appointment to determine if you should receive a COVID-19 test. Click here to see a provider virtually 24/7 with no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 consultation. Call 1-800-824-1953 for further guidance. The Nashwauk and Mt. Iron Fairview Mesaba clinics are temporarily closed - in-person care has moved to the Fairview Mesaba Hibbing location. Fairview Range JobCare and Chiropractic services at Fairview Plaza will not be offered at this time. Patients with already-scheduled appointments will be contacted with more infomration about whether their appointment will take place in-person or via virtual care. Patients requiring in-person appointments will be seen at Fairview Mesaba Clinic Hibbing locaction. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, click here for Fairview Mesaba procedures.   

  • Project Care Free Clinics are providing care by phone. Call your local clinic to set up an appointment. Prescriptions can also be refilled this way. Click here for more information. 

  • St. Luke's is not canceling any existing appointments, procedures, or surgeries at this time. No visitors are allowed, with a few exceptions. Click here for the full update. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call their free 24/7 triage hotline: 218-249-4200. 

  • Range Mental Health is offering tele-health visits for outpatient therapy. To make an appointment, call 218-749-2881 (Virginia), 218-263-9237 (Hibbing), or 218-780-6610 (Ely). The mobile crisis line is ALWAYS available for emergencies: 218-288-2100. 

  • For a comprehensive and timely list of updates on COVID-19 in our state, the state's response, and state resources, click here.
  • If you are unable to work, have had hours reduced, or have lost your job as a result of this pandemic, you can apply for unemployment benefitsClick here for more information.
  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is making Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to people who are self-employed, independent contractors, and other eligible recipients who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. Click here for more information.
  • Several state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a guide.
  • The IRRRB's Taconite Area Community Relief grants assist local units of government in creating a community lending program for local businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • IRRRB also has Taconite Area Business Relief Loan funds for local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details.
  • Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota cancelled all community outreach, in-person intake, trainings, and clinics. Offices are now closed to the public.  LASNEM is still open for intake by telephone and online and is still providing legal representation remotely and in court.  Agencies looking for any form of guidance regarding the frequently changing rules/policies should e-mail Heather Lindula at hlindula@lasnem.org.
  • For a comprehensive list of your legal rights amidst this crisis from Legal Services State Support, click here.
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans' Duluth office is currently open for walk-ins for veterans without access to phones or computers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you are able to reach out from a phone or computer, please call 1-833-222-6228 or email mac-v@mac-v.org.
  • State grant funds are available for veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is offering $250 grants to service-connected disabled veterans who lost employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services continues to run the Telephone Equipment Distribution program (TED), which provides telephone/telecommunication equipment to eligible Minnesotans at no charge. They continue advocacy and consultation for those with hearing loss as well as workplaces unsure of how to make communication accessible and also provide FREE mental health counseling to anyone in MN with a hearing loss. Click here for more information.
  • Itasca County buildings remain open at this time. Click here for more information
  • St. Louis County buildings are closed to the public. Exceptions include the courthouses for court operations and the landfill and solid waste sites. For more information, click here.
  • Minnesota Power has suspended disconnections. Contact them if you are having trouble paying your bill or have been disconnected and need to be reconnected: 1-800-228-4966.
  • Lake Country Power service center lobbies are closed, but lobby kiosks will remain open. Members will still be able to  make payments at drop boxes on-site, kisosks, through SmartHub accounts, by phone, or through regular U.S. mail. If you experience an outage, please report it as usual, and Lake Country Power will dispatch linemen to make repairs as usual. Lake Country Power is not disconnecting service at this time. If you are facing financial hardship, contact 1-800-421-9959. 
  • Access to Virginia Public Utilities' lobby is restricted, and customers are encouraged to pay by phone (the utility will absorb fees paid by credit or debit card usage at this time), mail (be sure to include your remittance advice), or online. If you need more time to pay your bill, please contact the office by phone to work out an arrangement: 218-748-7540. If you have questions about steam conversion loans, contact lindaa@vpuc.com.

Please remember, if you are ever in need of help, the 24-hour United Way 2-1-1 line is available to help you find local resources that best fit your needs. (Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211unitedway.org for more information.)

UWNEMN's mission is "to unite and focus our communities in creating measurable results to improve people's lives and strengthen our families." This unity and focus is needed now more than ever. Please practice patience, thoughtfulness, and preventive measures in the days and weeks to come to keep yourselves, your families, and your neighbors healthy and safe.

UWNEMN is raising COVID-19 Crisis Funds to assist programs, agencies, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Funds raised in Koochiching County will stay in Koochiching County.  Click here for more information.

  • Comforts of Home is currently unable to accommodate in-person appointments. If families or individuals in crisis are in need of home goods, referring agencies or caseworkers can email sarah@unitedwaynemn.org to arrange for UWNEMN staff to pack requested items for clients that can be made available for pick-up. If families or individuals would prefer to wait for in-person appointments to resume, email sarah@unitedwaynemn.org to get on a wait list for when the program resumes as normal.
  • Imagination Library will continue to mail books directly to children's homes on a monthly basis. If you have a child under 5 who is not enrolled in this program, this may be a good time to enroll them; click here to do soPlease keep in mind it takes 6-8 weeks for the first book to arrive. NEW THIS SUMMER: Click here for our early literacy video series, Story Time With UWNEMN. New videos posted every Wednesday at 10 am! 
  • Smiles United dental program is returning to UWNEMN's Chisholm building to provide dental care to uninsured and under-insured children July 1st. Updated precautions will be in place for this program due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more. To make an appointment, call 1-866-543-6009.
  • United for Veterans continues to operate as usual. If you are a veteran in need of assistance, please have your local VSO contact erin@unitedwaynemn.org on your behalf. 
  • American Red Cross Minnesota is facing a severe blood shortage due to blood drives being canceled across the country. Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of their donors and staff; if you're healthy and able, please consider scheduling a blood or platelets donation. To make an appointment, calll 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click hereRed Cross offices in MN are closed, and free smoke detector instalation is temporarily suspended. Those in crisis can still reach Red Cross staff in our region by calling 218-722-0071. All disaster response services remain in place and available to those impacted by disasters such as home fires or spring flooding.
  • Falls Hunger Coalition food shelf grocery hours are the same; however, clients receiving food will no longer be able to come in and shop, instead they receive prepackaged food. Client service hours are Tuesdays 10:00am – 4:00pm and Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm. 218-283-8020.  Clients can call when they get to the building, and food will be brought out to them.
  • Friends Against Abuse walk-in traffic for advocacy services has been suspended, meeting with individuals on a case by case basis. Trained advocates remain available by phone 24/7 at 285-7220 or  888-344-3264. 
  • Koochiching Aging Options office is closed to the public.  Messages left at 283-7030 will be returned daily. The Senior Wheels program (please call your health care provider). Memory Cafe is currently making contact by phone to develop a call buddies network. Caregiver Consultant Program and Dementia Support are available through email and phone. Senior Companion and Good Visit are available through phone only. Groceries to You! is currently continuing; must pre-register to use this program. Registered clients place orders Tuesdays between 9 am and 12 pm, and delivers are made Wednesday to the outside door/vestibule only. Clients will be pre-screened before order is accepted, and volunteers will be pre-screened before shopping and delivering. Call 283-7057 or email KoochichingAgingOptions@gmail.com for Groceries to You! 
  • Salvation Army International Falls office is closed to the public. Intake can be done over the phone. Limited funds are available for rent and emergency lodging, however ample funds are available through HeatShare and for medical expenses. The Salvation Army has packaged bags of food for kids and the elderly.  There are no income guidelines. Call 218-283-3394 to schedule a pick-up time. Food Pantry is still open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursday. 
  • Servants of Shelter is operating normal office hours for the time being. The shelter currently has one two-bedroom apartment available. Agencies with clients in need of emergency shelter should call 218-285-2092. 
  • THURSDAYS: AEOA is distributing free contactless boxes of produce in International Falls. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
  • Families receiving free or reduced-priced school meals are eligible for Pandemic EBT funds. Click here for more information.
  • Minnesotans with low incomes are now able to purchase food online using SNAP benefits. Click here for more information. 
  • All Super One stores ask that the public allow the first hour of service to be the shopping hour for the elderly, immunocompromised, healthcare staff, and first responders. 
  • All Dollar General stores have dedicated their first hour of operations strictly to senior customers so they can purchase items when shelves are stocked and cleaned and avoid crowds. Stores ask other customers to plan shopping trips around that window of time.
  • AEOA Meals on Wheels and Home Delivered Meals in International Falls and Northome continue as normal. Senior Dining in International Falls, Littlefork, Northome Jourdans Restaurant & Northome Shining Light Cafe are take-out only. AEOA may have a food service staff member going on leave in International Falls.  If anyone is interested and has ServSafe certification or food service experience, please contact marilyn.ocepek@aeoa.org or 218-748-7325.
  • Backus Community Center Community Café is serving pick up meals only, the dining room is closed.  Café guests can call 285-7225 by 4:00 pm the day of Community Café to reserve meals.  Pick up is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Backus' free summer lunch program is "pick up only." The program runs June 1 - August 28 and provides free lunches to all children ages 1-18 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday - Friday. Parents and/or children may pick up lunches. Adults may request a lunch if they are Food Shelf clients or Servants of Shelter clients. 
  • Falls Hunger Coalition food shelf grocery hours are the same; however, clients receiving food will no longer be able to come in and shop, instead they receive prepackaged food. Client service hours are Tuesdays 10:00am – 4:00pm and Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm. 218-283-8020.  Clients can call when they get to the building, and food will be brought out to them.
  • Good Samaritan Society Homecare continues to provide Homemaking services, including errand-running, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and meal prep. Call 218-283-4319 for more information.
  • Koochiching Aging Options' Groceries to You! is currently continuing; must pre-register to use this program. Registered clients place orders Tuesdays between 9 am and 12 pm, and deliveries are made Wednesday to the outside door/vestibule only. Clients will be pre-screened before order is accepted, and volunteers will be pre-screened before shopping and delivering. Call 283-7057 or email KoochichingAgingOptions@gmail.com for Groceries to You! 
  • KOOTASCA Community Action's Head Start staff are delivering meals to students
  • Salvation Army International Falls has packaged bags of food for kids and the elderly.  There are no income guidelines. Call 218-283-3394 to schedule a pick-up time. Food Pantry is still open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursday.
  • USDA is warning of SNAP scams arising to steal confidential information like social security numbers, bank information, or PIN numbers in order to qualify for COVID-19-related assistance. If you are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, call 1-800-657-3698. For a list of current potential scams, click here. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department; you may also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by clicking here.

For parents/guardians:

  • NEW THIS SUMMER: Click here for our early literacy video series, Story Time With UWNEMN. New videos posted every Wednesday at 10 am! 
  • For questions about childcare, contact the Child Care Aware parent line at 1-888-291-9811 to be directed to available licensed child care providers - or click here to search on a map.
  • Local schools have been encouraged to continue to provide childcare for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers, including grocery store staff  during previously planned school days. Please contact your local school for more information.

For providers:

  • The six Minnesota Initiative Foundations have created an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide immediate financial support to licensed child care providers in Greater Minnesota. Applicants must be a licensed family- or center-based child care provider, be located within a Greater Minnesota community, and serve children of essential and emergency workers. Click here for more information.
  • First Children's Finance conducted a webinar for child care businesses in our region to explore crisis management strategies for their businesses during COVID-19. To view the webinar - or for technical support, consulting, training, financial analysis and more - click here.
  • Click here for a list of mental health resources during this time of self isolation from Mental Health Minnesota. 
  • Accra offices are closed to the public, but operations run as normal. All visits are conducted by phone or teleconference at this time.
  • Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging office is closed until further notice.  Call 1-800-333-2433  Monday - Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm. Outreach and training events are postponed including Senior LinkAge Line presentations, speaking engagements, health fairs, 1:1 options counseling and Evidence Based Health promotions classes and trainings offered through Juniper.
  • Essentia Health International Falls is encouraging patients not to come into the clinic for routine appointments. E-visits, telephone visits, and virtual visits available. COVID-19 screening available at no cost with an e-visit online. Call 1-833-494-0836 for more information. 
  • Fairview Range Homecare and Hospice continues to see clients in their homes and is taking new referrals and admits for both home care and hospice daily.  Nurses immediately screen for COVID-19 and have protocol in place.  Hospice care continues to be provided at Littlefork Care Center. 
  • Good Samaritan Society of Int’l Falls has implemented a no visitor policy unless a resident is at end of life. To send a note to a resident click here
  • Good Samaritan Society Homecare continues to accept clients for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing, and Homemaking. (Homemaking services include errand-running, grocery shopping, light housekeeping and meal prep.) Call 218-283-4319 for more information.
  • I Falls Family Planning is currently not taking walk-ins at the clinic. Call 218-283-6188 before coming to the clinic, and do not come to the clinic if you have any of the following symptoms: temperature 100 F or higher, respiratory symptoms, cough, difficulty breathing, known exposure to COVID 19, or awaiting test results for COVID 19.
  • Koochiching County Public Health and Human Services building is closed to the public.  For Human Services, contacts are made via phone or video conferencing (where available).  All critical services are still being provided, including Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults protection. Call 283-7000 for more information. Programs continue as usual, but most are available only by phone or email. Click here for more information on each program. Stay up-to-date with the county public health department by liking their Facebook page (click here). 
  • Northern Options for Women continues to meet with clients one on one for urgent needs (screening required).  Immediate needs include: diapers, wipes, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby items, someone to talk to, cribs, etc.  Call 218 285-7673, call Vickie Bernard via Facebook, or message through the Facebook page (click here). 
  • Northland Crisis Counseling Center office is closed Fridays.
  • Northland Crisis Response Team services will continue to be 24/7/365; however, the delivery of the crisis services (ie. Face-to-face) have changed to phone and video only. When calling for crisis services, 211/First Call for Help will be notifying callers that services are phone or video only. Transportation by the crisis team is not available for any reason. The team is always available for calls. The crisis bed is unavailable at this time due to a sewer line break.
  • Rainy Lake Medical Center has postponed non-urgent/routine appointments.  Medically necessary procedures and appointments are still being conducted. RLMC currently is enforcing a “No Visitor” policy. Call 218-283-5503 to request screening from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. After hours, please call 218-283-4481. Rainy Lake Medical Center is suspending its inpatient labor and delivery services effective April 15. In order to ensure that patients are able to establish prenatal care locally, Dr. Scott Johnson and OB-GYN providers from Sanford Health will be seeing patients at Rainy Lake Medical Center so expectant mothers can work with a provider of their choice to develop a birth plan.
  • Rainy River Recovery is doing meetings via telehealth.  The office is open, but staff is staggered. 
  • West Falls Estates is currently closed to all visitors. Family members doing wellness checks, medical personnel (nursing, therapy), and deliveries are permitted.  All other visitors must be approved by management.
  • For a comprehensive and timely list of updates on COVID-19 in our state, the state's response, and state resources, click here.
  • If you are unable to work, have had hours reduced, or have lost your job as a result of this pandemic, you can apply for unemployment benefitsClick here for more information.
  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has begun making Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to people who are self-employed, independent contractors, and other eligible recipients who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. Click here for more information.
  • Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a guide.
  • LISC Small Business Relief Grants are opening for Round Two for small businesses affected by COVID-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, inlcuding businesses owned by people of color, women, and veterans. Applications open May 14th. Click here to learn more.
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans' Duluth office is currently open for walk-ins for veterans without access to phones or compouters on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you are able to reach out from a phone or computer, please call 1-833-222-6228 or email mac-v@mac-v.org.
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is offering $250 grants to service-connected disabled veterans who lost employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • State grant funds are available for veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services continues to run the Telephone Equipment Distribution program (TED), which provides telephone/telecommunication equipment to eligible Minnesotans at no charge. They continue advocacy and consultation for those with hearing loss as well as workplaces unsure of how to make communication accessible and also provide FREE mental health counseling to anyone in MN with a hearing loss. Click here for more information.
  • Koochiching County buildings are closed to the public.  The transfer station which will remain open to the public during normal business hours for solid waste disposal. The Courthouse will remain open to the public for District Court cases. County Probation is requesting clients to report by phone on their assigned reporting day and further instruction will be given at that time. For more information, click here.
  • Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Koochiching County has halted inspections for the time being.  The office remains open for business as usual.
  • International Falls Public Library is offering pickup service of materials at the parking lot doors. This includes books, printed materials, tax forms. Call 218-283-8051, email ifallslibrary@gmail.com, or LiveChat on the library's web site (click here) between 9 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday. If community members have a library card they can use Hoopla (currently raised limit to 25 items/month) or Libby to get digital materials, as well as a variety of other digital resources that can be found here. OR click here to get a library card to access digital or physical materials.
  • International Falls Water Department will not be shutting off water services even if you’ve received a shut off notice. However, residents will continue to be billed though.  Call 218-283-9484 for more information.
  • KOOTASCA Community Action office in International Falls is closed, but calls are being answered (218-283-9491) 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. A secure drop box has been installed next to the main (side) entry for clients to drop off applications or necessary information. Head Start classrooms are closed at this time. Staff are working with families on distance learning and are delivering meals to students Monday – Friday. At this time, there is no rental assistance funding available. Applications for Fairview Horizon continue to  be accepted. One unit of Transitional Housing is open - if you know of a homeless household with children, please encourage them to call 2-1-1.  Energy Assistance continues to process applications and provide grant and crisis payments for heating and electric. Only one month of income will be required (had previously been 3 months). Those who are self employed are encouraged to call KOOTASCA for a Self-Employment Income Cash Accounting Worksheet.  If an employed individual is having difficulty getting proof of income from their employer, please contact Energy Assistance at 218-999-0824.  Emergency heating system repair or replacement in emergency “no heat” situations is still available for homeowners on EAP.
  • Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota cancelled all community outreach, in-person intake, trainings, and clinics. Offices are now closed to the public.  LASNEM is still open for intake by telephone and online and is still providing legal representation remotely and in court.  Agencies looking for any form of guidance regarding the frequently changing rules/policies should e-mail Heather Lindula at hlindula@lasnem.org.
  • For a comprehensive list of your legal rights amidst this crisis from Legal Services State Support, click here.
  • Minnesota Power has suspended disconnections. Contact them if you are having trouble paying your bill or have been disconnected and need to be reconnected: 1-800-228-4966.
  • Occupational Development Center's Habilitation and Training Center (HTC) is officially shut down until the Governor lifts the stay at home ban. The office will be closed until that time as well. To reach Mary Gibson, Program Specialist in I Falls, call 218-240-5836.

Please remember, if you are ever in need of help, the 24-hour United Way 2-1-1 line is available to help you find local resources that best fit your needs. (Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211unitedway.org for more information.)

UWNEMN's mission is "to unite and focus our communities in creating measurable results to improve people's lives and strengthen our families." This unity and focus is needed now more than ever. Please practice patience, thoughtfulness, and preventive measures in the days and weeks to come to keep yourselves, your families, and your neighbors healthy and safe

UWNEMN is raising Crisis Funds on the Iron Range and in Koochiching County to distribute to local agencies, programs, and individuals affected by this pandemic.

  • These are special crisis funds that have no administrative costs associated, so 100% of funds received by UWNEMN will go directly to agencies, programs, and individuals in the regions dollars were raised. Click here to donate online; be sure to designate your region on the donation form, or if mailing a donation please indicate your region in a check memo. 
  • Iron Range individuals who have lost their job or had reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financial assistance with basic living expenses on our web site. Click here for more information. 
  • Assistance is also available to Koochiching County individuals who have lost work due to this crisis. Click here for more information.