As you all know, Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In recent days, COVID-19 has been identified in Minnesota, and while no cases have been identified in Roseau County at this time, the City of Roseau is following the recommendations of Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the U.S. CDC officials in guiding us on important decisions for planning and managing this disease in our community if, and when, it arrives.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared and State of Emergency in Minnesota regarding the COVID- 19 pandemic and the MDH has issued recommendations to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID- 19. Individuals can obtain more information on these recommendations at www.health.state.mn.us, and these guidelines from the State fall in line with the recommendations from the CDC, www.cdc.gov.
In order to do our part in the containment and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 within the City of Roseau, the Roseau City Council has also declared a State of Emergency. In addition, as this is literally a “day-to-day” situation, we strongly advise our residents regularly monitor, and adhere to, the recommendations of the MDH and CDC until further notice.
Rest assured, the City of Roseau will do everything in our power to keep essential services, (water, sewer, electric, garbage, police & fire protection), operating as normal throughout this outbreak. However, the City is restricting access to a number of our recreational and community facilities to mitigate the possible spread of the virus. At this time,
- the Roseau Municipal Liquor Store will operate its normal hours and services; however, the City asks that patrons avoid congregating anywhere within the store.
- The Roseau City Clerk’s Office and Roseau Utility Building will remain operational, but residents are asked to use telephone (City Clerk 463-1542 & Utilities 463-2351) and e-mail correspondence (City Clerk email@example.com & Utilities firstname.lastname@example.org) rather than in-person visits.
- Additionally, all city bill payments should be done via online payment (available on City Website) or drop box rather than in-person.
- The City Center will close at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 18th for cleaning and reopen on Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 pm for a City Council meeting to determine future community facility access.
- All operations at the Roseau Public Library, Roseau County Museum and State Driver’s Training have been suspended and facilities are closed.
- The Roseau Memorial Arena and North Rink will close at the end of the day Tuesday, March 17th and ice will be removed for the season.
The City is also concerned about local residents and businesses who’s income may be severely impacted by the mitigation efforts being imposed to fight this pandemic. The City is researching possible options to allow for the deferral of city utility payments to help those having difficulty paying bills in the next weeks and months.
The City will continue to work closely with our State, Federal, and Local Agencies, School District, business community, and health care providers. As a community, we must remember that we are in this together and only through everyone’s cooperation can we be successful. We must also be mindful of those in our community that are vulnerable and do our part to help protect and provide for them by adhering to the MDH and CDC guidelines despite the inconveniences they might cause. MOST OF ALL, STAY SAFE & DON’T PANIC!