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Minnesota turns the COVID-19 dial, allows day services for people with disabilities to reopen

The services were shut down in March at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Department of Human Services

Minnesota has "turned the dial" once again on its COVID-19 pandemic response by allowing day services for people with disabilities to reopen as of Monday.

Per the Department of Human Services, those living in group homes and congregate care settings will once again be able to attend day services, with providers required to have COVID-19 preparedness plans in place to protect participants and staff.

The DHS says that there are approximately 300 day services locations in Minnesota, which between them serve 6,000 people per month. They were shut down following the onset of COVID-19, which has proved particularly serious for those with underlying health conditions.

These programs reopened partially for those who lived in their own homes on May 30.

"Recent decreases in COVID-19 cases in group homes across the state, as well as Minnesota Department of Health guidance, helped us decide that this is the right time to reopen services for all," said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead.

"My team and I have remained focused on turning the dial, as much as is prudent given the health risks, to get these providers back in service of the people they support."

Those who live with anyone with an active case of COVID-19 or who have had a COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days will not be allowed to attend a day service facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Those who use the services, as well as their support teams, are being advised to "consider any underlying health conditions, as well as factors such as whether the person can protect themselves and others by washing their hands often; avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth; covering their coughs and sneezes; and wearing a protective mask or cloth face covering."

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