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Local, County, State Agencies Continue to Announce Recommendations, Cancellations to Slow Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota

Mar 14, 2020 07:24AM ● By Wendy Erlien
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Updated post March 22, 2020
Federal, state, local, and county agencies continue to make announcements of operational and programming changes as part of strategies to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).  

The Minnesota Department of Health, as of March 22, stated on their website 4,680 people have been tested statewide with 169 people testing positive for the coronavirus disease. Of those positive results, 57 are in Hennepin County. 

Here's a list of some of the local and regional impacts:

 

Updated post March 15 - 

Federal, state, local, and county agencies continue to make announcements of operational and programming changes as part of strategies to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).  

The Minnesota Department of Health, as of March 14, stated on their website 1,422 people have been tested statewide with 35 people testing positive for the coronavirus disease. Counties with cases, according to MDH, include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, Wright.

In just a few days (see post below), additional actions have been taken: 
ISD 279 - In response to direction from Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education announced the morning of March 15th, Osseo Area Schools released a full statement of actions occurring March 16-27 during the school closure. You can read the full statement here: https://district279.org/covid-19 

The city of Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Department announced the following on their website (https://www.maplegrovemn.gov/parks-and-recreation) as of March 15: 
  • All park and recreation programs - Cancelled through April 12th 
  • Indoor Farmer's Market - Cancelled (March 19th & April 2nd) Check website for next modified outdoor market date, maplegrovefarmersmarket.com
  • Community Center, including the Ice Arena, Grove Cove Aquatics, Maple Maze, Gym and Teen Center - Closed beginning 6pm March 15th until further notice
  • Senior Center - Closed until further notice
  • Maple Grove Sports Dome – Closed to the public until further notice
  • Maple Grove Community Gyms - Closed through April 12th (School District 279)
  • Playhouse Preschool – Closed through March 27th
Update from Minnesota State High School League: 
Effective from Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020:
  • There will be no MSHSL activities and athletics at any member school.
  • This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
  • The previous MSHSL directive prohibiting scrimmages, contests and competitions with other MSHSL programs for Spring activities and athletics will continue until April 6, 2020.
Update from Hennepin County Sheriff - "The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has decided to cancel all social visitation of inmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis." 

Original post March 14 - Federal, state, local, and county agencies continue to make announcements of operational and programming changes as part of strategies to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).  

Health officials from the MDH announced the following "community-level strategies to slow COVID-19." The recommendations remain in place "until further notice."

"Each strategy is designed to make person-to-person transmission less likely by reducing the close-contact interactions (interactions with others within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) that tend to result in passing along the illness," according to the Minnesota Department of Health. 
The full set of recommendations is available on the MDH Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.

Items on the recommendation list include:
  • Event organizers cancelling or postponing gatherings with 250 or more people, including concerts, conferences, professional and amateur performances or sporting events.
  • Event organizers cancelling or postponing smaller events (those with less than 250 people) that are held in settings that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
  • Event organizers limiting attendance to no more than 10 people for events where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • People and families at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness staying at home and avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including travel.
  • Employers making telework arrangements for workers whose duties can be done remotely.
  • Employers staggering work schedules and limiting non-essential work travel.
  • Health care facilities and assisted-living facilities more strictly limiting visitors.
  • Faith-based organizations offering video or audio events.
  • Hospitals and other health care facilities implementing triage before entering facilities (for example, parking lot triage, phone triage, and telemedicine to limit unnecessary visits).
"The Minnesota recommendations include school-specific guidance for limiting close-contact interactions. However, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MDH has not recommended that K-12 schools close unless specifically advised to do so by health officials," according to the MDH press release. "However, as the situation evolves there may be points where specific or broad closures would be ordered. Parents of children and teens with underlying health conditions should consider distance learning as a precaution."

The state and federal recommendations aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) have impacted at the local level:

The city of Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Department announced March 13th: "As a precaution, and in effort to slow the spread of the virus, the Maple Grove Parks & Recreation department is canceling or rescheduling ALL recreation programs at all locations from Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, April 12.  This includes all registered programs at ISD #279 facilities, the Maple Grove Community Center, and other area venues."  The Community Center, as of March 13th, remains open. 

The city of Maple Grove provided an update on their website to provide "situational awareness during this health emergency." https://www.maplegrovemn.gov/departments/fire-rescue/emergency-management/coronavirus-covid-19

Osseo Area Schools announced on their website, most school-sponsored activities would be canceled through April 12, including: 
  • Events that would bring parents and other community members into school facilities, such as plays, conferences, concerts. 
  • Field trips that would take students into the community.  
Team practices remain on as scheduled, competitive events governed by the MN State High School League "will be determined by the League in consultation with schools," according to the ISD 279 website

According to the Minnesota State High School League, as of March 13th:

"Effective immediately from now until April 6, 2020:
  • Participation in spring sports and activities is limited to practice and tryouts only;
  • Scrimmages, competitions, practices, training sessions or participation with other member school programs is not allowed.
School administration at their discretion, may place more restrictive limitations on practice and participation. As COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, the MSHSL will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary." 

The news came as a week of other cancellations, including the Girls Basketball State Tournament, 
all Boys Section and State Basketball Tournaments. The Section Speech Tournament events for the week of March 15-21 were postponed "indefinitely," according to the MSHSL. 

“At present, the public shouldn’t see any big difference in the way HCSO operates,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson in a press release. “That said, conditions are continually changing. We have a team of people on staff who are in constant communication with medical experts, and we are ready to adapt to changing conditions as we need to."

Services provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Water Patrol, 911 Dispatch, Court Services and other public-facing units are not currently affected in any way by the presence of COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to the HCSO which continued to state in their release, "additional precautions are being taken in the Hennepin County Jail, such as screening incoming individuals for signs of COVID-19 infection. At this time, visiting of inmates in the jail has not been impacted, but that is subject to change."

The Center for Disease control has provided several strategies and steps citizens can take for prevention and to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For complete details, visit the CDC website here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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