COVID-19 Community Resources
Community Resources - Updated 5/13/2020 8:56 AM
Our community is coming together to help Scott County residents in need. Select from one of the tabs below to find resources from state and local organizations, including links to important applications. If you are a community nonprofit, business, or faith-based organization wishing to offering community assistance, please contact email@example.com.
- Learn about COVID-19
- Addiction & Substance Abuse Recovery Support
- Child Care
- Economic Assistance
- Family Activities
- Food Access
- Internet Access
- Masks & Protective Equipment
- Volunteer Opportunities
What to Do if You Feel Sick / Lo que debe hacer en caso de enfermarse
If you feel sick, please follow these guidelines.
- MDH COVID-19 Hotlines (Interpreters available)
- CDC Guide - What to Do if You Are Sick (in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean)
- CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This tool is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.
- CDC Guide - 10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home
Public Information Sources about COVID-19
- Governor Walz’s Official COVID-19 in Minnesota site. Provides latest data on ventilators, ICU beds, PPE and testing.
- MN Dept. of Health (MDH) Situation Update - Updated daily at 11:00AM by MDH.
- U-MN CIDRAP
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Situation Summary
Make a Plan, Minnesota
How to Stay Healthy and Safe
- CDC - Cloth Face Coverings FAQ
- CDC - Do-It-Yourself Cloth Face Coverings Guide
- CDC YouTube Channel - American Sign Language Videos
- CDC - How to Protect Yourself
- MDH - Strategies to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- MDH - Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness
Addiction & Substance Abuse Recovery Support
Child Care Resources
- List of childcare providers for emergency workers
- MN.gov - Child Care for Critical Sectors
- For best practices regarding COVID-19, see the Summary of COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Settings from the MN Dept. of Health.
- Scott County HHS Guide: What You Need to Know
- Scott County Licensed Family Child Care Association
- Family Activity Ideas
- Sesame Street in Communities: Activities for children, as well as free professional development
- To apply for Child Care Assistance, use the MN DHS electronic application.
- Your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may have other helpful resources.
The Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency is seeking donations of hand sanitizer, toilet paper, diapers, and wipes for the families in our community they serve. They are especially in need of hand sanitizer to provide to their volunteer drivers when delivering meals to seniors.
CAP is also asking for donations of emergency kits for local families in need. These bags would include the following items: dish soap, tissues/Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels. Other item suggestions: coloring books, puzzle books, puzzles, blank greeting cards/notecards, gift cards for grocery stores or pharmacies.
Donations can be dropped off at CAP Agency (712 Canterbury Rd South, Shakopee). The donation door is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM - 3:30 PM. Note: The Thrift Shop is currently closed, so they are not accepting Thrift Shop donations at this time. Visit the CAP Agency’s website here.
Food Shelf Donations
Click here to see a list of local food shelves operating in Scott County, their needs, and donation instructions.
Cash and Emergency Assistance
- To apply for Cash or Emergency Assistance, use the electronic application from the MN Dept. of Human Services.
Energy Assistance Program
- Energy Assistance Program (English)
- Energy Assistance Program (Spanish)
- Energy Assistance Program (Somali)
List of local restaurants still operating and services offered.
Supporting Scott County Small Businesses
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits.
- Apply for Unemployment in Minnesota
- MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development:
- Veteran’s Services
- Please know that your Scott County Veteran Service Office is ready to help and respond to your needs via telephone – contact them at (952) 496-8176, Monday through Friday, any time between 8 AM and 4:30 PM, and they will do everything they can to make sure you get what you need. You were there for all of us in our time of need, and we’ll be here for you when you need us.
- Employment and Training Service Changes, effective June 2, 2020
As of June 2, the Career lab is open on a limited basis, by appointment only. Current hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please call the Career Lab Help Desk at 952-496-8310 to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled at least one day in advance.
All hiring events and workshops are suspended until at least July 6. We will continue to work during this time, and all appointments and orientations will be done over the phone. All paperwork will be processed per usual and as it is received. You can drop off paperwork in our secure 24-hour drop off box located right outside our main office door at 752 Canterbury Road South in Shakopee. Items will be picked up every top of the hour during our normal business hours.
You can also use our fax at 952-496-8675. If you call your Employment Counselor direct, or call 952-496-8310, please leave your full name, case number, and a detailed message. All calls will be returned within 24 to 48 hours. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Scott County Employment and Training is a division of Health and Human Services Department and a Dakota/Scott CareerForce partner.
Are you unemployed or underemployed? Are you looking to update your current skill set? You can complete and return a Contact Record to our office and call us to discuss your options at 952-496-8310.
- Family Activity Ideas
- Sesame Street in Communities: Activities for children, as well as free professional development
- CDC Recommendations: Protect Yourself While Visiting Parks & Playgrounds (Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese)
- Check the Parks tab on our COVID-19 Response page to see the status of Scott County regional parks and city playgrounds.
Family Mental Health
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (Available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other languages)
- Online Family/Parent Support Groups: Endorsed by the MN Dept. of Human Services. Many are tailored for parents of infants and toddlers, preschool children, and K-1st grade children.
- Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Scott County: During this time of isolation, friends, family members and neighbors need to actively engage in preventing child abuse and neglect. Learn how to recognize the signs.
WIC & SNAP
- CAP Agency - WIC: Scott & Carver CAP Agency WIC staff are taking calls, doing certification appointments over the phone, and issuing benefits as usual electronically.
- The food shelf continues to operate with a curbside model to administer boxes of food.
- For questions about WIC services, contact CAP Agency.
- To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), use the MN DHS electronic application.
Food Access Locations
- Fresh Food Distribution at the River Valley YMCA in Prior Lake
- Scott County COVID19 Food Resources
- Esperanza Food Distribution events (June)
- Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency - Food Shelf
- Scott County Restaurant openings and services
- KSTP List of MN restaurants offering free lunches to children
- Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf
- Elko New Market Hope for the Community
- Peace Center Food Shelf of New Prague
- Scott County Schools Meal Plans - Updated 4/14/20
- Resources for groceries and essential supplies
Help for Homeowners
Information for Renters & Landlords
- Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency: For those currently experiencing homelessness, or need to discuss resources to retain your current housing.
- Beacon Families Moving Forward: For families with children under 18 who need shelter immediately
- Youth Services Network: For transitional-aged adult (over 18) and youth-specific homeless-dedicated & housing resources.
- Until further notice, all Comcast Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” network. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Visit the Xfinity Find-a-Hotspot home page to see a map of locations and learn more.
- You may connect a mobile device to the public WiFi in Scott County Library parking lots as it is available. Click here to see Library locations and hours.
Centers for Disease Control Recommendation - Cloth Face Coverings
Wearing a cloth face covering helps protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. We recommend the following resources from the CDC:
- CDC - Cloth Face Coverings Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC - Do-It-Yourself Cloth Face Coverings Guide | Guía en Español - Cómo usar cubiertas (tapabocas) de tela para la cara
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment
Scott County sincerely thanks everyone who has expressed their wish to donate PPE (personal protective equipment), and we’ll gratefully accept any unused, sealed donations. We have set up a secure drop box in the entry of the Law Enforcement Center (301 Fuller St S, Shakopee), right next to the “Take It To The Box” receptacle for these donations.
At this time, Scott County cannot accept unsealed, used, or hand-sewn donations, including handcrafted masks. However, Allina Health is accepting such donations.
Again, thank you all for your selfless and thoughtful contributions. With your help, we’ll get through this difficult time together.
Transportation - SmartLink/TransitLink
- Door to Door bus service is still operating. At this time, there is availability on the buses.
- We will also do pick-ups and deliveries of food and goods, if available. Visit the Smartlink/TransitLink page for more information about engaging this service.
- New, May 13, 2020: Transit Link offering free rides to work for essential workers
Transit Link (a.k.a., Dial a Ride) is offering free rides to and from work for essential workers. Essential Workers may be employed in economic sectors such as healthcare and public health, law enforcement and public safety, food and agriculture, and transportation and logistics.
An Essential Worker may be an existing or new Transit Link customer. To be eligible, the customer must identify themselves as an Essential Worker at time of booking and must show the driver their employer or union letter indicating they are employed as an essential worker. Essential Worker trips are free.
For more information on how to schedule a trip, click the link below:
- Metro Mobility is providing free door-to-door service from home to work and work to home for any person who works at a healthcare facility, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to schedule a trip.
Scott County Volunteers
Scott County is coordinating with partners county-wide to help residents safely support each other and ensure needs are met. We seek volunteers willing to do the following:
- Make phone calls to isolated residents.
- Drive food from food shelves to families, or help at food shelves to package food.
- Shop for and deliver groceries to residents with transportation needs.
- Sew masks and deliver to areas in Scott County.
More opportunities are posted at www.scottvolunteers.com. Sign up and choose areas where you’d like to help. Our Volunteer Coordinator will match you to requests that come to the County, or with requests from cities and areas throughout the County.
Jordan Errands to Reduce Risk Program
- The City of Jordan is coordinating a volunteer program intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among Jordan residents that are at higher risk (including the elderly or immunocompromised) by connecting them with volunteers that are willing to run errands in their stead. Click here to learn more.
- Support Allina Health workers through the Caring for Caregivers program.