Olmsted Declared a Medical Emergency
The County has declared a medical emergency to slow the spread of COVID-19. Consequently, all face to face areas have closed until April 6. Closed areas include:
- public records and licensing, passports, and driver’s license. Some services may be able to be transacted over the phone: call 507.328.7200.
- A drop-box will be placed ear the information desk for applications, requests for certificates and tax payments. Property, Records, and Licensing can take your questions by phone; please call 507-328-7200.
- Child and Family Services, Food, Health Care assistance is also closed. Please call 507.328.7150 for assistance.
- For Housing, please call 507.328.7150
- Public Health Services, Women, infants and Children (WIC), adult and Family Services are closed. For Public Health please call 507.328.7500.
- For COVID-19 questions, call 507.328.4636.
- Veteran Services are closed. Please call 507.328.6400.
- Building, well, and septic inspections services are available and can be scheduled online and by phone. Contact the planning department directly about building, permit, and land use applications at 507.328.7100
- All County Parks. All nature classes and education programs are canceled through April 30. The trails will remain open.
- Graham Park Facilities will not be taking reservation or events through April 30.
These closings are necessary to reduce the possibility that groups of people will be infected and to protect the county employees. Also, all meetings that include the public, including all advisory committees, boards, and commissions have been cancelled. The March 24th Board Meeting has been canceled.
In order to keep the virus from spreading, it is important that everyone heed the warnings to avoid group face to face meetings. The best way to slow the spread of the virus is to avoid being exposed and, if one has been exposed to the virus, to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The Farmer’s Market at Graham Park will be open at is regular schedule.
Please know that all services are continuing to operate through alternate means even though lobbies and windows are closed to the public.
Public Health Contacting People Who May Have Been Exposed
Olmsted Public Health is keeping track of known cases of people who have contracted COVID-19. They are then finding people who came into contact with the infected person and asking them to stay home for 14 days. This is one more way that Olmsted is trying to slow the spread of the virus and keep the county safe. Please remember, there is no vaccine for COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid face to face groups, maintain a social distance, wash your hands regularly and, if you came into contact with someone who may have the virus, stay home for 14 days.
For more information go to the COVID-19 page on Olmsted County’s website: https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/OCPHS/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx