The Latest on Vaccine Distribution
Over 200,000 Minnesotans have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including more than 40,000 Hennepin County residents. As you may have heard or seen in the news, the vaccine is being administered in phases. Health care workers and long term care residents will be the first to receive it, followed by essential workers, those 65 or older, and those with underlying health conditions. If you’d like to stay updated throughout the vaccine distribution process, our state’s new Vaccine Data Dashboard is a great resource.
Today also marks the first day of Minnesota’s vaccine pilot program for those age 65 years or older, as well as school employees and child care workers. Though our vaccine supply remains limited, the pilot program is designed to help start the process of vaccinating this next group of Minnesotans. The system quickly experienced a high volume of traffic, and for now it’ll be working to address the significant queue of appointments already requested. Be sure to check back to book appointments online here, or by phone at 612-426-7230 or toll free at 833-431-2053 - but patience will likely be needed.
Each year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property from businesses and organizations that have lost contact with the owners. The Department is responsible for safeguarding the funds or property until claimed by the rightful owners or heirs.
Property is considered unclaimed if it is being held by a business or organization that has not had contact with the owner for a specific number of years. To see if you have anything to claim, you can check Commerce’s website, here.
Rolling Back Measures for Businesses & Gatherings
Thanks to our shared sacrifice in adhering to public health guidelines, COVID cases have been on a consistent downward trend in Minnesota. In response to this decrease in cases, Governor Walz rolled back restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms, and other venues and gatherings.