Coronavirus Information

The Administration Director, Management Committee, Emergency Response Team and Department Directors met to discuss appropriate prevention and protection measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was decided that all County buildings and facilities will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice with the exception of the transfer station which will remain open to the public during adjusted business hours for solid waste disposal.  

Courthouse Offices

Effective Wednesday, June 10, 2020, specific county departments within the courthouse were opened by appointment only.  Additional action was taken on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 to reopen the courthouse to public access, with Public Health & Human Services and Probation remaining closed to the public until authorization to reopen has been granted.

The public must enter the Courthouse via the south door by the Auditor/Treasurer’s office. The County is recommending the public continue to request County services via the phone, mail, and email if possible. The public is encouraged to complete a health check list, sanitize their hands, and wear face masks when entering County facilities.

Please review this document providing a department list with contact information. 

Transfer Station

The Koochiching County Transfer Station has resumed its normal hours of Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am till 1pm. Canister sites schedules will remain unchanged at this time.  The Koochiching County Environmental Services Department encourages the public to deliver full loads of waste to reduce the amount of contact between operators and the public.  Questions can be directed to 218-283-1157.

Court Administration

Koochiching County Court Administration will open the office June 15, and will be open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays and will be half staffed for most of the summer months.   We are still encouraging remote hearings, and for individuals to conduct their business over the phone or online if at all possible.  If you need to come to the courthouse there will be social distancing rules to follow with signage posted and guidelines to follow. 

Please visit our reopening webpage http://www.mncourts.gov/reopening before visiting a courthouse. The new webpage lists cleaning, face covering, and social distancing procedures that will be followed by court staff.  It also has information for jurors, and details for people who have questions about their local courthouse procedures.

The number of in-court hearings will be restricted to five per hour, with a total of 10 people total allowed in the courtroom at one time. This includes all court staff, the judge, the court reporter, bailiffs and all parties for the court hearing. This will be monitored very strictly and in between each hearing court staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the courtroom to prepare for the next hearing.  District Judge Charles LeDuc will appear remotely by Zoom video service at this time for all court hearings until further notice.  For further information visit the MJB website at: www.mncourts.gov.

Probation

County Probation is requesting clients to report by phone by calling 218-283-1113 on their assigned reporting day and further instruction will be given at that time.  Normal services and operations will continue to be provided to the community through phone and email.

Campgrounds

The developed campgrounds of Little American Falls, Loman Park, Reedy Flats, Nelson Park (Birchdale), Frontier, and Vidas will be open to overnight camping starting June 1, 2020 with the following guidelines and adjustments in place.  Please review the County Campground Update and Operating Plan.

A complete listing of department contacts can be found at http://www.co.koochiching.mn.us/Directory.aspx or by calling County Administration at 218-283-1107 or the Auditor/Treasurers office at 218-283-1112

Novel Coronavirus

What is it?

The virus known as 2019-nCoV or Covid-19 is a new “novel” respiratory virus. It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus is considered “novel” it is a virus that has not been previously identified among humans. This virus has spread to several countries including the United States.

Where can I get more information on Covid-19?

The Minnesota Department of Health website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or by calling the  Minnesota Helpline: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The World Health Organization website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

How to protect myself against a virus?

Tips to follow to protect yourself from viruses:

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)

• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes

• Avoid close contact with sick individuals

• Stay home when you are sick

What is Koochiching County Public Health’s Role?

Currently, our role is to ensure the public is aware of where to find accurate information regarding the outbreak, risks, signs and symptoms to watch for, and how to protect yourself and your family. We are reviewing information as it comes from the Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On April 1,2020, Koochiching County received notification of our first positive case of COVID-19 in the County. This person has since recovered.  Notification of a 2nd confirmed positive case of COVID-19 was received on Sunday, May 10, 2020 and a 3rd on Monday, May 11, 2020.  It is anticipated this number will continue to rise as more testing is being done.  Thus far, there have been no known hospitalizations for COVID-19 within the county.  Please visit the Public Health Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Koochiching-County-Public-Health-109308947368984/ where new information is posted on a near daily basis.

In most cases Covid-19 causes mild to moderate symptoms. These include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For certain individuals, especially those who are older and have underlying health problems, there can be severe complications. Symptoms of Covid-19 can last about 2 weeks for those with mild illness and up to 6 weeks for those with more severe illness. It is recommended that households have a plan in place to be prepared if someone from their household gets sick.