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Coronavirus/COVID-19 important links to Resources and announcements

March 29, 2020
Please note that information changes nearly daily. Most of these links take you directly to the source where they are updating moment by moment. Check back often. KYMN has arranged this page as Local, State and National, in that order.
LOCAL: Northfield Hospital & clinics link to Covid-19 information – 3-20-20    NO VISITORS ALLOWED at Northfield Hospital + Clinics    3-19-20 Release: Express Care Clinic is closed; call NH+C if you feel ill City of Northfield Covid-19 information and links Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce for business information Northfield Public Schools District 659   for their COVID-19 updates page Northfield Community Action Center for their community response and other information Northfield YMCA  for childcare updates Northfield Shares for their Volunteer Hub and/or request for help Carleton College for their Covid-19 information St. Olaf College for their Covid-19 information
COUNTY: Rice County Public Health update 3-29-20 on Lab Confirmed cases in Rice County: Update on Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rice County Goodhue County has first confirmed case of Covid-19 3-25-20: COVID-19 GC First Postive Case Final
STATE: MN DEED – unemployment information and more, including information for small businesses. There’s been an influx of dollars voted in by legislators Minnesota Dept. of Health – this takes you to the full site where you can navigate to all the various information. There are public updates at 2pm each day. They can be viewed on Facebook. 3-28-20 Governor Walz signed a comprehensive COVID-19 package allocating $330 million in aid for Minnesota’s response, which will help our state care for our most vulnerable in the face of an unprecedented crisis. The legislature passed the bill with broad bipartisan support on March 26.  : Gov. Walz DAILY COVID-19 MEDIA UPDATE_ March 28, 2020 [ST. PAUL, MN] 3-27-20– Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Orders 20-21, 20-22, 20-23, and 20-24 providing support and greater flexibility for health care providers, commercial drivers, local governments, and constitutional officers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full press release and Executive Orders: Governor Tim Walz Signs Four Executive Orders on COVID-19 3-27-2- EO 20-21 FINAL EO 20-22 FINAL EO 20-23 FINAL EO 20-24 FINAL Gov. Walz issues Stay At Home order from March 27th – April 12th and more.  This is the timeline of all of the executive orders up to March 26. DAILY COVID-19 MEDIA UPDATE and timeline of orders through March 26, 2020 The full audio of the Governor’s Media Update along with Jan Malcolm, Kris Ehresmann, Joe Kelly and Steve Grove from 3-27-20
Gov Walz update 3-27-20
Gov Walz update 3-27-20
List of all types of businesses closed: List of types of businesses closed by order of Gov. Walz Attorney General Keith Ellison warns of Covid-19 phishing scams:3-24-20 Attorney General Ellison warns Minnesotans about COVID-19 phishing attacks MendardsLetterfromAGEllison3-24-20 MN Dept of Commerce message 3-24-20: Despite volatility in financial markets and economy instability due to COVID-19, Commissioner Kelley is reassuring residents that their money is secure in the state’s banks and credit unions. Consumer Alert_ Commissioner Kelley Reassures Minnesota Residents on the Security of their Deposits in Financial Institutions MN DNRDNR COVID-19 response_ What you need to know
NATIONAL: Centers for Disease Control for the full site where you can navigate to all the various information such as What to do if you’re sick 3-26-20: Map of U.S outbreaks from the CDC World Health Organization – COVID-19 LINK National Association of School Psychologist on Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource. These are in English and Spanish COVID-19_parent_handout_NASP_NASN_2-20_FINAL ESP_COVID-19_parent_handout_NASP_NASN_2-20_FINAL_ESUS An announcement from Kevin Fink with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aid:  The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide programs in Northfield and Faribault have been suspended indefinitely.  A tax counselor volunteer will contact you if the suspension is lifted and if they are able to do your taxes.  Those who were on a waiting list or booked late, will, hopefully be notified but they are backed up.  

Lippert townhall 3-28-20

March 28, 2020

District 20b Representative Todd Lippert held a virtual townhall meeting via Facebook today, March 28th. Here is the audio:

Lippert virtual townhall 3-28-20
Lippert virtual townhall 3-28-20

Notice of Restricted Outdoor Burning in Rice County

March 28, 2020

Effective immediately, we have been directed by our DNR Regional office to implement Burning Permit Restrictions in our counties.  Restrictions mean that (in an electronic burning permit county) the only burning permits that can be activated and legally burned are variance permits. A variance is a burning permit issued for over 1 acre of grass and special permits issued for large piles such as for a road construction activity or similar projects. Variances are issued by a forester and not fire wardens or purchased online. Grass fires will occur after just one drying day in spring so fire danger can change quickly this time of year.   Once green up occurs, restrictions may be lifted and regular burning is again allowed. 

Full press release: Burning Restrictions 03272020

“Compliance not enforcement” to save lives says Chief Nelson; Building projects go on; City will not be purchasing park land; Overwhelming response

March 27, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Police Department has been fielding plenty of calls after Governor Walz issued the StayAtHome order set to begin at midnight tonight. Chief Monte Nelson had this for the community, “regardless if it’s a request or a requirement, we all need to remind ourselves of the why, why was the order put in place”He said,it’s the right thing to do”The Mn Dept. of Health and local healthcare professionals are working to ensure fewer deaths. That’s the point of the order, “the why for this is to save lives, period. So you’re either going to help save lives or not. So getting caught up in, well, are you going to arrest people for it? Or are we just requesting it shouldn’t that we shouldn’t even have to have that discussion”The (more…)

Rep. Lippert to hold virtual town hall on 3/28/20 at 10:30am

March 27, 2020

I’m excited to let you know that I’m hosting a virtual town hall this Saturday, 3/28 at 10:30am on my Facebook page:

We all have a lot of questions right now: about our health, livelihood, and progress. I hope to be able to help as much as I can as your State Representative.   Please tune in if you are able, and submit questions and comments that you would like highlighted. Help us spread the word by sharing this event with your communities: (more…)

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