2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary


For information about Anoka County’s COVID-19 cases, please visit the Anoka County COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard.


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 maintain the most up to date information on identified COVID-19 cases in the county, along with coordinating ongoing prevention efforts. Click here for the situation update on COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health including the number of cases in Minnesota.

If you were involved in protests, vigils, or neighborhood events

If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, we recommend you go in for a COVID-19 test 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

MDH’s Symptoms and Testing: COVID-19

Governor Issues Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan

As we continue the process of reopening our economy and returning to work and activities we enjoy, we must continue social distancing practices to save lives and stay safe. Minnesota will date a phased-in approach to reopening various business and social settings.

Stay Safe MN

Visit the state website for phase details

Phase 1

  • May 18 - June 1

Phase 2

  • June 1 - 10

Phase 3

  • Beginning June 10

Phase 4

  • TBD

Follow these safe practices during all phases

  • Facial coverings are strongly recommended.
  • All non-Critical Sector businesses are required to have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
  • Always stay six feet away from others.
  • Must telework if you can.

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. What is social distancing?

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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  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 (5/20/20 UPDATE: THE PUBLIC CAN NOW ACCESS THE FIRST FLOOR. PROPERTY RECORDS & TAXATION, AND ELECTIONS & VOTER REGISTRATIONS COUNTERS ARE OPEN)
    • Human Services Centers (Blaine/Eastern/Southern Neighborhood)
    • License and Passport Centers
    • Libraries
    • Parks buildings

    All other Anoka County facilities will remain closed until further notice.

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

    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.

    Document Drop Off Locations (Effective April 10)

    Anoka County is now accepting a variety of paperwork at three county locations and only vehicle tab renewals at two others. Please click the link below for more information.


    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

    Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks

    • Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    CDC Resources

    Avoid Scams Related to Coronavirus

    • Online scam resource

    Anoka County SHIP Resources

    Anoka County SHIP has compiled a variety of resources to support the community during this time. Resources are organized by topic area and include food access, physical activity, tobacco cessation, mental well-being, and violence prevention. There are also resources specific to youth/families, seniors, food shelves, schools, and workplaces. View SHIP resources here.

     

    Anoka County Printable PDF Health Posters

Minnesota confirms its first case (March 6, 2020)

Video of medical experts answering questions on the day of Minnesota’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. Available in multiple languages below: