Family Tree Clinic

LGBTQ COVID-19 Resources

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a novel coronavirus. It attacks the lungs and respiratory system. This virus spreads through respiratory droplets that travel about 6 feet in the air or land on surfaces or people when an infected person coughs or sneezes. COVID-19 can also be spread through contact with infected saliva, mucus, or feces.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache,  loss of taste/smell, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. Most often, symptoms start 5-7 days after exposure. But it is important to note that you can have COVID-19 without any symptoms at all, and can still pass it on to others.

When can I get tested for COVID-19?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms. If you have been attending protests, cleanups, or any other events with large groups of people, it is recommended you get tested 5-7 days after the event even if you do not feel sick. If this test comes back negative but you are still concerned, MDH recommends being re-tested 12-14 days after potential exposure. If you have been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, you should get tested while following a 14 day quarantine period.

For a more in-depth layout of who should get tested for COVID-19, here is the most recent Health Advisory from MDH

MDH’s self-screening tool

Where Can I get tested for COVID-19?

  • MDH has a map with all current testing locations, their contact information, and who they are testing. You can find that map here.

let us know how covid-19 has affected you

Family Tree Clinic is working with the MN Department of Health (MDH) to assess the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community during the pandemic.  We created a survey to help do this. All information will be compiled by Family Tree and given to MDH to help understand which resources are lacking in the community and how to create greater access to needed resources. All answers are confidential. E-mail ejaeger@familytreeclinic.org with questions. 

Every year, JustUs Health conducts the Voices of Health Survey to get an idea of health access, disparities, and experiences for the LGBTQ community. The survey is for LGBT folks living in Minnesota that are over the age of 18. You can take the survey here

Where can I get updated information on COVID-19?

Check out these links for more comprehensive lists of resources and mutual aid available

Telehealth Hormone Care

RESOURCES FOR SAFER SEX DURING COVID-19

LGBTQ Virtual Support Groups

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES