TechPak is an initiative that brings computers, internet and digital literacy training into the homes of Ramsey County residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19.
The current TechPak period is open until Oct. 2. Additional enrollment periods will be offered in November and December. Due to high demand, not everyone who applies will receive a TechPak. TechPaks will be awarded to eligible Ramsey County residents who have experienced job loss, reduced hours, change of household income or have other barriers due to COVID-19.
The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials and other community partners to offer access to free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing the week of Oct. 5 in St. Joseph, Willmar, Fairmont, Inver Grove Heights, Ely, and Cloquet.
Do you need face masks for you and your family? Free masks are currently available through the A Mask for Everyone initiative. Ramsey County residents can request masks online and pick them up on one of three dates in October. Both adult and child size masks are available.
Testing will be free, available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance. The six events next week are part of a four-week push to provide increased access to “no barrier” COVID-19 testing following increased levels of community spread statewide. The Minnesota National Guard will continue providing logistical support for a number of these events.
Testing will be done with a nasal swab, processed either by Mayo Clinic Laboratories or the University of Minnesota.
Anyone who wants to be tested is encouraged to come, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. No insurance or identification is needed. To avoid long lines, people are encouraged to pre-register for a time slot. The details and pre-registration links for all six events can be found on the Dept of Health website. Those who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.