2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Health officials are currently investigating an outbreak of a 2019 novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
  • COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that has not been found in people before. It is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS_CoV) in 2012, however, it is in the same family of virus.
  • Because this is a new virus, there are still things that we do not know, like how severe the illness can be, how well it spreads between people and other features of the virus.
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. 

Anoka County Public Health is actively working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to manage 17 identified COVID-19 cases in the county, along with coordinating ongoing prevention efforts.

Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Tim Walz issued a stay at home order effective March 27 at 11:59 p.m. through April 10.

During this two-week period, you can leave your home to take care of essential needs. These activities include:

  • Health and safety activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Necessary supplies and services, including groceries and gas
  • Essential and interstate travel
  • Care of others
  • Displacement
  • Relocation to ensure safety

You should still follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet separation between you and others when performing any essential activities. By limiting social interactions, we decrease COVID-19 transmission and help our health care providers prepare for increased demands.

Workers who provide critical services are exempt. Minnesota’s exemptions are based on federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with some Minnesota-specific exemptions.

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Minnesota confirms its first case (March 6, 2020)

Medical experts answer questions on the day of Minnesota’s first confirmed COVID-19 case.

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  1. Impacts on County Services

    On March 17, 2020, board chair Commissioner Scott Schulte declared a Local State of Emergency in Anoka County. The full board ratified the declaration March 18, 2020.

    In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and to protect our customers and employees, Anoka County closed all its non-emergency, in-person services, including but not limited to:

    • Government Center
    • Human Services Centers (Blaine/Eastern/Southern Neighborhood
    • License and Passport Centers
    • Libraries
    • Parks buildings

    Anoka County facilities will remain closed until Monday, May 4. 

    Even though face-to-face visits have been eliminated for now, we are still available to help you via email, phone and virtual visits.

    If you know the department you need to speak with, please navigate to their page or click the link below to see a list of specific closures, service delivery modifications, contact information, and instructions. Otherwise, please call our main number, 763-324-4000 and someone will direct your call.

    View complete listing of impacts on county services

  2. Up-to-Date Health Information

    To receive up to date health information please follow the following links:
  3. What you can do now: 

    Prevent the spread of COVID-19

    Put personal preparedness strategies in place for you and your family:

  4. Resource Library

    Resources for Senior Citizens 

    • ACCAP 763-783-4707
    • Senior Linkage Line 800-333-2433 
    • Additional Senior Resources 
      • PDF of phone numbers, please be aware some listed resources have limited to no available service due to closures.

    Assistance for Small Business

    MDH Materials and Resources

    • MDH Materials and Resources
      • Video PSA, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19

    CDC Resources

    Avoid Scams Related to Coronavirus

    • Online scam resource

    Anoka County Printable PDF Health Posters