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Olmsted County declares health emergency, limits access to facilities – KTTC

Olmsted County declares health emergency, limits access to facilities – KTTC

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Olmsted County has declared a health emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release from the county, this means that certain facilities will be impacting starting Wednesday, March 18, through April 6:

The Government Center building will remain open but counter services for public records and licensing, such as passports and driver’s licenses, will be closed. We will be able to continue providing many services via phone and online, and a drop-box will be placed near the information desk for applications, requests for certificates, and tax payments. Property, Records, and Licensing can be reached by calling 507-328-7670.The Sheriff’s Office service window for civil warrants at the Government Center and Dodge Fillmore Olmsted (DFO) Community Corrections window will also be closed. DFO Community Corrections can be reached at 507-328-7200.The following Olmsted County buildings at the Campus Drive SE location will be closed to the public: 2117, 2100, and 2122.

The news release also said the March 24 Board of Commissioners and committee meetings are canceled. All other public meetings advisory boards and commissions are canceled up until April 6.

The following facilities, events and activities are also closed or postponed:

County Parks – Closed through April 6. This includes the Oxbow Park Nature Center, Zollman Zoo, and park offices. All classes and education programs will also be canceled through April 30. 

Oxbow, Root River and Chester Woods parks and trails will remain open.

Graham Park Facilities – will not be taking reservations or events through April 30, with the exception of the Farmer’s Market in Building 35.

Waste-to-Energy Facility – Tours are canceled through April 6.

Hazardous Waste Facility and Recycling Center Plus– closed through April 6.

Compost Site – closed through April 6.

Community Services Volunteer Driver Program – suspended until further notice.

Minnesota Third Judicial District Court – the Third Judicial District Court facilities, including service windows, will remain open. The public is discouraged from making any non-essential visit to court facilities. All jury trials currently underway will continue until the trial is complete. Depending on priority rating, some trials will proceed as scheduled and some will be suspended for 14 days. The Minnesota Judicial Branch has defined case priorities categories. Contact the court for specific information on individual cases.

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