Our commitment at the Southern Minnesota Disaster Health Coalition is to build healthcare system resilience and capacity in Southeastern Minnesota to ensure the seamless delivery of care during disasters by providing resources and a communication platform for planning, response, and recovery activities.

>> COVID-19 UPDATES <<

COVID-19 SE MN DHC After Action Report (AAR) Feedback Needed by May 31:

We need your feedback on the second half of the year for response actions taken for the COVID-19 AAR. Please submit feedback by May 31 to the Coalition thru this link.

New SE MN DHC Compact Agreement for All Partners:

The newly approved SE MN DHC Compact agreement is now available for your agency to review and process for signature. This is a voluntary agreement among participating agencies to provide assistance at the time of a Disaster, not an Emergency, in accordance with relevant emergency management/disaster preparedness plans. The assistance components of this Compact will not take effect until a disaster or an emergency has been declared by local or state authorities or when necessary, to save lives or ensure critical patient/resident care continuity in absence of a declared emergency or disaster. We ask you to sign and return the agreement and Compact Contact Form as soon as possible.

NEW COVID-19 Regional Response Plans:

On May 7 Governor Walz announced the 5-point battle plan to address the effects of COVID-19 on Long Term Care facilities.  The state requested all the regional healthcare coalitions to find ways to support this plan. The SE MN Disaster Health Coalition conducted a baseline survey on May 13 of current plans, resources, relationships, and activities within the region to use as part of the development of overall strategies to address the plan’s objectives.

The three approved planning documents created by the regional planning workgroup and approved by the SE MN DHC Advisory Committee on May 27 to meet the Governor’s mandate are below:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information:

The State of Minnesota has issued a Statewide COVID-19 PPE Allocation policy. As of September 1, your facility is required to upload and provide proof from two suppliers of order denial or back order in RedCap. If your facility is in need of PPE submit a request here.

Statewide Healthcare Coordination Center (SHCC) Behavioral Health Staff Wellness resource website

NEW LTC Plan Templates & Guidelines:

The SE MN Disaster Health Coalition created new plan templates and guidelines which we are proud to announce were adopted by MDH to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance with creating these plans, please email LTC@semndhc.org to request assistance from one of the coalition staff.

Guidance Information:

1135 Waiver information for providers who are Federally Certified Providers, Nursing Homes, Hospitals & Critical Access Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Independent Care Facilities, Home Care, Hospice, Dialysis Units, etc. Minnesota Department of Health receives requests and sends them to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Providers can send requests directly to CMS but must include the State to determine if a request is within state requirements to issue the waiver.

COVID-19 Staff Skills Training Materials:

How You Can Help:

  • Individuals who would like to donate fabric or elastic to the Community Face Mask Collection program are asked to call the City of Rochester COVID-19 Information Hotline at 507-328-2822. Collection bins for materials are also located outside Rochester Fire Stations. Zumbro Valley Medical Society will direct these materials to individuals making face masks for agencies providing essential services.
  • To offer products, medical equipment, venues (from businesses, schools & universities, medical facilities) please contact: hsem.ppp@state.mn.us
  • Volunteer your skills as a health care worker, please register at Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps