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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.
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.
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.
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?
We have been vaccinating against Covid-19 since January of 2021. Although demand for the vaccine has decreased, we are still taking information from people who wish to be vaccinated and setting up clinics for those that still need the vaccine. Our office number is (218) 283-7070.
We continue to meet with community and healthcare partners to coordinate our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Information regarding Covid-19, vaccinations, and other public health information is posted at https://www.facebook.com/Koochiching-County-Public-Health-109308947368984/