Koochiching County and Lake of the Woods County COVID-19 Resources

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Koochiching County & Lake of the Woods County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

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. We are monitoring the situation closely and staying in regular contact with our schools, agencies, and other community partners to continue to be a resource to you.

Communication is key in times of uncertainty like this. Please check back to this page often as details are changing rapidly given the fluid nature of the situation. 

Scroll through for updates, or jump to a section using the links below:
UWNEMN EVENT UPDATES
UWNEMN PROGRAM UPDATES

UWNEMN AGENCY UPDATES
COMMUNITY RESOURCES - FOOD
COMMUNITY RESOURCES - CHILDCARE
COMMUNITY RESOURCES - HEALTH
COMMUNITY RESOURCES - OTHER

 

UWNEMN EVENT UPDATES

  • UWNEMN's annual Bonspiel has been canceled for 2021. We look forward to seeing you on the ice in 2022!

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UWNEMN PROGRAM UPDATES

  • Comforts of Home appointments are being offered as pick-up only. To make a referral for a client, please click HERE
  • 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. 
  • Smiles United dental program is operating strictly from community sites and is in need of a community site in Koochiching County. (Contact info@unitedwaynemn.org or 218-254-3329 if you are a community site interested.) The program now serves patients of all ages. 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 has launched a new wellness program for local veterans, active duty, and members of the National Guard and Reserve. Upcoming free activities include fishing, golf, and kayaking. Sign up for the Veterans Wellness Passport here.

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UWNEMN PARTNER AGENCY UPDATES

  • American Red Cross Minnesota office in Duluth is now open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday-Thursday. Free smoke detector installation is still temporarily suspended with the exception of smoke detector installation through Red Cross partners. Those in crisis can 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 flooding. To find a blood drive or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here
  • Falls Hunger Coalition is now accepting walk-in shopping, or you can call ahead (283-8020) if you prefer pre-bagged groceries. A new location is now open to walk-ins Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm in the Littlefork Lutheran Church (1210 6th Avenue).
  • Friends Against Abuse services have returned to normal, and one-on-one services are available in-person 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday. Support is available by phone 24/7 at 285-7220 or 888-344-3264. 
  • Koochiching Aging Options office is open by appointment and phone. Groceries to You! volunteer shopping and delivery is in full operation; call 283-7057 to register. Caregiver and dementia support is available. Memory Cafe is meeting by partnered phone reassurance, staff contact, and out-of-doors; call 283-7030 for schedule. Senior Wheels out-of-town medical transportation program will resume summer 2021. Tai Ji Quan is available online through My Juniper. Senior Companion and Good Visit Programs are meeting by phone. 
  • Salvation Army International Falls sign up for Christmas Angel Tree and Christmas Food Vouchers is open until Nov. 24. Call 218-282-5547 for more information. 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 218-282-5547 to schedule a pick-up time. Food Pantry is still open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursday.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES - FOOD

  • Minnesotans with low incomes are now able to purchase food online using SNAP benefits. Click here for more information. 
  • AEOA anticipates the reopening of in-house senior dining for International Falls, Littlefork, Northome Jourdans Restaurant, and Northome Shining Light Cafe on July 6, 2021. 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 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. The Summer Food Program is also operating via pickup! Please call Backus Office at 218-285-7225 to register your child(ren). Lunch is served 11:30am-1:30pm. Pick up door #3 (facing 9th Ave).
  • Falls Hunger Coalition is now accepting walk-in shopping, or you can call ahead (283-8020) if you prefer pre-bagged groceries. A new location is now open to walk-ins Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm in the Littlefork Lutheran Church (1210 6th Avenue).
  • 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.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES - CHILDCARE

For parents/guardians:

  • Click here for our early literacy video series, Story Time With UWNEMN.
  • 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.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES - HEALTH

  • 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. 
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES - OTHER

  • If you are having a hard time paying bills because you lost income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UWNEMN can help. Click here for more information.
  • If you owe back rent - OR if you are a landlord owed back rent - RentHelpMN may be able to 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 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.
  • Koochiching County buildings are open with the exception of Public Health & Human Services and Probation.  For more information, click here.
  • Lake of the Woods County buildings are open normal hours.
  • KOOTASCA Community Action office in International Falls is open to walk-ins Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. If arriving outside of those times, please ring the doorbell next to the side entrance, and staff will assist you if they are able. Calls are being answered (218-283-9491) 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday. A secure dropbox has been installed next to the main (side) entry for clients to drop off applications or necessary information. Head Start classrooms are in session, and applications for preschool aged children are still being accepted. Rental assistance may be available to eligible households. If you are falling behind on house payments due to COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 and ask for a Coordinated Entry as you may be eligible for our Transitional Housing Program. Energy Assistance is currently accepting applications for this heating season. Please contact to request an application. 

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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