Covid 19 Virus Response & Information Resources
Columbia Heights Covid-19 information
We will post updates here if anything drastic changes regarding the City's COVID-19 Policies or if the City runs any more vaccine clinics.
Video from beginning of pandemic: 2020
City Adopts Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan, Offers Information for Residents
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread rapidly from person to person. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus, avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds per time, and wear a facemask when out in public or around people who are not from your household.
If you are sick, please stay home. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough and throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Those over age 60 and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk. People can go 2-14 days after contracting the virus without showing symptoms.
- Wear a facemask when in public
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Avoid close contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms
- Avoid large gatherings
- When in social settings, try to keep six feet between you and others (social distancing)
Symptoms to Watch For:
- Shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Chronic fatigue
Columbia Heights Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Columbia Heights Police and Fire Departments have worked to develop an emergency preparedness plan to respond to the coronavirus threat. The plan was adopted by the City Council on March 9. It follows guidelines provided by the CDC, Department of Health, WHO, and Homeland Security, and aligns with the best practices specified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan is also based off of emergency response plans created for H1N1, SARS, and flu pandemics. The plan gives Columbia Heights' emergency responders a clear set of actions for each threat level for all portions of the City.
"We're ready to react if we need to," said Fire Chief Charlie Thompson. "I've worked on these types of plans for almost 20 years, refining them over time."
Informational Resources and Alert Flyers
State of Minnesota Vaccine Connector
Columbia Heights Vaccine Clinic Flyer, English
Columbia Heights Vaccine Clinic Flyer, Somali
Columbia Heights Vaccine Clinic Flyer, Spanish
Anoka County Coronavirus Info Page
CDC Latest Known Info About Virus
Anoka County COVID-19 Situation Summary
CDC Current Count of Cases
CDC Info Sheet
Coronavirus Fact Sheet in Multiple Languages
Safety Tips for Senior Citizens
Coronavirus Alert Flyer for Displaying in Offices and Other Work Environments (Note: To view these correctly, do not use a Firefox browser): English, Somali, Spanish, Chinese/Mandarin
Coronavirus Symptoms Info Sheet (Note: To view these correctly, do not use the Firefox browser): English, Somali, Spanish
Stop Spread of Germs Flyer (Chinese/Mandarin)
A Safety Message from the CHPD in English and Somali
How To Access Local Library Resources Online