Try these tips to reduce COVID-19 stress from the Minnesota Department of Health

  1. Focus on what you can control - including your thoughts, behaviors.
  2. Remember that you are resilient, and so is humankind. We will get through this.
  3. Do what you can to reduce your risk: take comfort that you are caring for yourself and others.
  4. Use technology to connect with others frequently.
  5. Look for the good stuff; the helpers, time with family, and opportunities to pull together. Write down three things you are grateful for each day.
  6. Limit exposure to news or social media updates.
  7. Use reputable sources of news, avoid speculation and rumors.
  8. Model peaceful behavior for those around you. Remember everyone experiences stress in different ways.
  9. Don't let fear influence your decisions, such as hording supplies.
  10. Be gentle with yourself and others.
  11. Create a regular routine, especially for children and work from home.
  12. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routines to help your immune system and mental health.
  13. Spend time in nature while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  14. Reflect on your reactions. Many who have experienced trauma may be triggered by feelings of powerlessness. Understanding what you are feeling can help you consider how you want to respond to the triggers.
  15. Practice meditation, yoga or other mind-body techniques. Find apps or online videos to help.
  16. Reach out if you need to talk. There are local and national hotlines and warmlines that can help.

Disaster Distress Helpline


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For a list of all testing locations available in Minnesota, please visit:

Minnesota COVID-19 Response Testing Locations

COVID-19 evaluation and testing available at Ridgeview locations

Ridgeview is offering COVID-19 evaluation and testing for any symptomatic persons. To schedule an appointment, call Ridgeview's COVID-19 Call Center at 952-442-7811. Patients requesting evaluation and testing will be referred to one of the designated testing locations listed below. Established patients seeking Antibody testing should contact their regular provider. You should receive communication regarding your test results by text message or phone in three to seven days.

Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ridgeview Delano Clinic
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ridgeview at Two Twelve Medical Center
Appointments needed for test-only services at this location: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call to schedule: 952-442-8023

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center
Call to schedule: 507-665-3375.
Testing hours: 7 days a week, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center
7 days a week, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ridgeview eCare

Free online COVID-19 screening available on Ridgeview eCare.

Ways you can help


Minnesota Department of Health


Centers for Disease Control

Minnesota Helpline

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.