COVID-19 Resources

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every one of UWNEMN's Focus Areas: helping children succeed, empowering healthy lives, and stabilizing families and individuals. UWNEMN and its partners have done our best in making every effort to respond in a thoughtful, responsible way.

UWNEMN has COVID-19 Crisis Funds to assist Iron Range programs, agencies, and individuals impacted by the pandemic. 

  • Comforts of Home appointments are being offered as pick-up only. To make a referral for a client, please click HERE
  • Imagination Library continues 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.  Click here to watch UWMEMN board members read Imagination Library books for a virtual story time!
  • The Lunch Buddies mentoring program will be in multiple schools across the Iron Range this Fall. If you are interested in meeting with a local grade school student to share one lunch break/week, please contact sarah@unitedwaynemn.org!
  • Meet Up & Chow Down volunteers are handing out free summer lunches to children in Chisholm, Cook, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, Nashwauk, and Virginia this summer! Summer Buddy Backpacks (take-home weekend meal kits) are also available Thursdays at these sites and are also available at Pop-Up sites in Eveleth, Gilbert, and Keewatin.
  • Smiles United dental program is currently providing dental care to uninsured and underinsured patients OF ALL AGES out of UWNEMN's Chisholm building. Updated precautions are 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 has launched a new wellness program for local veterans, active duty, and members of the National Guard and Reserve - and their families. Upcoming free activities include target shooting and kayaking. Sign up for the Veterans Wellness Passport here.

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.
  • The Rutabaga Project continues to stock its Little Free pantries and are doing their best to keep them clean. The pantry is sanitized 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.
  • 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.

City-specific:

  • HIBBING: Salvation Army's food distribution continues to operate with curbside pick-up. Starting July 25th, the dining room is open for sit-down dining Monday-Friday from 4-4:45 pm. To go boxes will no longer be available.
  • HIBBING: Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) Grocery to Go services are available. Volunteers are needed for Meals on Wheels drivers and Grocery to Go shoppers. For more specific information, please call 1-800-662-5711 ext 6899 or 218-735-6899.
  • VIRGINIA: Salvation Army's supper club is available to-go from 1 pm to 3 pm and dine in or take out 3-4:30 pm. Bread table and food shelf are pick-up only. Appointments required for food shelf so staff can box up the food you need. Call 741-1889 to make an appointment.

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.

  • If you need help ordering FREE at-home COVID tests contact Jake at Access North (218-262-6675).

  • Click HERE for a map of vaccine locations and updates. 

  • Click here for a list of mental health resources from Mental Health Minnesota.
  • Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) Medical Loan Closet is available in the AEOA Virginia office. 
  • Essentia Health has resumed routine appointments. Masks are required. 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. Visitors are now allowed under certain circumstances; click HERE for more information. 
  • Fairview Range has resumed routine appointments. Masks are required. Click here for COVID-19 testing and treatment information. Visitors are allowed under certain circumstances; click here for more information. 
  • Project Care Free Clinics are open for walk-ins and appointments in Hibbing, Virginia, and Grand Rapids. Click here for the hours, locations, and contact information for each site.
  • St. Luke's has updated it visitor policy; click here for the full update. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, click here.
  • Range Mental Health is offering tele-health and face-to-face visits for outpatient therapy, peer support, targeted case management, and ARMHS. 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. Click here to learn more.
  • If you are currently financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UWNEMN can help. Click here for more information.
  • Rate-regulated utilities have begun sending disconnection notices. Minnesota Public Utilities would like you to be aware of the following options: enter a payment plan with your utility, apply for the Energy Assistance Program, or call 1-800-657-3782 for help. 
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Power has resumed disconnections. If you have a past-due balance on your bill or are struggling to keep up, please call 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, kiosks, 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 does not wish to disconnect service at this time. If you are facing financial hardship, contact 1-800-421-9959. 

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.

  • Comforts of Home appointments are being offered as pick-up only. To make a referral for a client, please click HERE
  • Imagination Library continues 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 so!  Please keep in mind it takes 6-8 weeks for the first book to arrive. 
  • Smiles United dental program is currently providing dental care to uninsured and underinsured patients OF ALL AGES. Updated precautions are 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 has launched a new wellness program for local veterans, active duty, and members of the National Guard and Reserve - and their families. Upcoming free activities include target shooting and kayaking. Sign up for the Veterans Wellness Passport here.
  • Minnesotans with low incomes are now able to purchase food online using SNAP benefits. Click here for more information. 
  • AEOA offers in-house senior dining in International Falls, Littlefork, Northome Jourdans Restaurant, and Northome Shining Light Cafe. Meals on Wheels is available in designated areas. For more information on the senior meal program, call AEOA at 1-800-662-5711 ext 6899. 
  • Backus Community Center Community Café meals are served from 5-7 pm. Reserve your meal by calling 218-285-7225. The Summer Food Service Program serves lunches from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. 
  • Falls Hunger Coalition is open and serves all of Koochiching County. Emergency food pantries are set up in International Falls and Littlefork-Big Falls schools.
  • 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! volunteer shopping and delivery is in full operation; call 283-7057 to register. 
  • 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:

  • Click here for our early literacy video series, Story Time With UWNEMN. 
  • KOOTASCA Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms are in session, as is the Early Head Start home based program; applications for children ages 0-3 are being accepted. Learn more at: www.kootasca.org
  • 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.
  • If you need help ordering FREE at-home COVID tests contact Jake at Access North (218-262-6675).
  • Click HERE for a map of vaccine locations and updates. 
  • Click here for a list of mental health resources during this time of self isolation from Mental Health Minnesota. 
  • Essentia Health International Falls has resumed routine appointments. Masks are required. 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. Visitors are now allowed under certain circumstances; click HERE for more information. 
  • Good Samaritan Society of Int’l Falls allows outdoor and indoor visits for almost all residents. For more information, 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.
  • Rainy River Recovery has moved locations to 345 6th Avenue.
  • Rate-regulated utilities have begun sending disconnection notices. Minnesota Public Utilities would like you to be aware of the following options: enter a payment plan with your utility, apply for the Energy Assistance Program, or call 1-800-657-3782 for help. 
  • 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.
  • Koochiching County is recommending the public continue to request County services via phone, mail, and email if possible. The public is encouraged to complete a health check list, sanitize their hands, and wear face masks when entering County facilities. For more information, click here.
  • KOOTASCA Community Action office in International Falls is open to walk-ins Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. A secure dropbox is located next to the main (side) entry for clients to drop off applications or necessary information. Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms are in session, as is the Early Head Start home based program; applications for children ages 0-3 are being accepted. Rental assistance may be available to qualifying households. If you are homeless or within two weeks of becoming homeless please call First Call at 800/442/8565; after their phone intake they will schedule an appointment with a local housing provider. The Energy Assistance program year will start in October; furnace repair and replacement will be available to eligible homeowners in "no heat" situations. To request applications call 218-283-9491 or visit www.kootasca.org.
  • Lake of the Woods County buildings are open normal hours.

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

  • 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. 
  • All funds raised in Koochiching County for COVID-19 have been distributed.