National Foster Care Month, Reopening County Buildings, Online Check-in System, and COVID

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month.  My thanks go out to all the Foster Care providers in Olmsted County.  Did you know 237 children and more than 700 adults have been serviced through the Olmsted County Child and Adult Foster Care and in Community Residential Homes?

Thank you, Foster Care Providers, you give a needed and important service.

May 20:  Reopening the County Building and Services

The following Property Licenses and Real Estate services will open on May 20:

  • Birth Certificates and Death Certificates
  • Driver’s licenses and State ID cards
  • Marriage licenses
  • Property Tax services and payments
  • Recording of Real Estate documents

Social Distancing Measures

The county will be employing social distancing practices.  I expect there will be lines of people waiting for service.  Please be patient.  County employees will be wearing a mask.  The floor will have distance markers.  The public is encouraged to wear a mask; please remember that wearing a mask is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 to other people.

New Olmsted County Online Check-in System

Yu can use the new Olmsted County Online Check-in system to schedule an arrival time.  This new on-line tool will begin on May 20.  Information about the online check-in can be found on the Olmsted County website:  then search for Service Directory.

Passport Services will reopen on May 26.  The new online check-in system will also be available for this service.

Permits to Carry will begin on May 20 by appointment only with the Sheriff’s Office.

You may have heard about the private party that spread COVID 19

The lesson to be learned is that COVID 19 is extremely contagious.  Seemingly innocent gatherings can infect people who are present and those people can carry the disease home and to other people with whom they come into contact.  Although the Stay at Home order has been lifted it does not mean that the disease has gone away.  Please be safe and responsible so that Olmsted County can limit the spread of COVID 19.