City of Rochester implementing a number of recommendations, effective immediately

City council meeting recommended to be canceled; working remotely 'strongly encouraged'

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 8:58 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 5:53 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The city of Rochester is making changes to the way it operates as the coronavirus hits closer to home.

On Friday the city announced it's asking employees to not attend in-person conferences, workshops or seminars.

The city is also limiting in-person meetings in favor of working remotely to prevent the spread of illness.

Emergency management director Kenneth Jones explained, "We know that we can't half it but we know with just a few simple practices we can keep the spread down and by keeping the spread down we can lessen the impact on individuals who are at risk."

The city says these changes shouldn't impact the community and the city will continue to operations as normal as possible at this time.

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A number of items are being implemented immediately in the city of Rochester to address the Coronavirus pandemic.

The city, in a press release Friday, said the items will be in place until April 30.

Read more on the Coronavirus here. 

The action being taken is listed below:

"This decision was made for the City of Rochester as an entity; this is not direction being set by the City of Rochester for any other organization or entity.
Internal Actions
• Teammates are not to attend in-person conferences, workshops, or seminars
• External, in-person training is suspended
• Non-essential, internal training is suspended
• All in-person recruitment activities are suspended
• Teammates are asked to limit in-person meetings
• Working remotely is strongly encouraged as deemed appropriate by department heads to decrease the number of teammates at work
External/Public Actions
• All City of Rochester sponsored open houses/engagement efforts, unless legally required, are suspended (note: we are still working on legally required land use public meetings)
• We will recommend to the City Council at its Monday, March 16 meeting that all Advisory Board/Commission/Committee meetings be suspended (same note as above for land use decision making and Charter Boards)
All City services remain fully functional. We do have online/digital tools and the community is encouraged to use those wherever possible. If your business requires you to come to a City office in person, please maintain a respectful distance of at least three feet between yourself and other customers."

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Reported Deaths: 1698
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Ramsey7572265
Dakota4414106
Anoka3683114
Stearns289320
Washington212845
Nobles17646
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Scott155919
Mower11012
Rice10328
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Wright8845
Carver8613
Clay78440
Sherburne7238
Kandiyohi6961
St. Louis55319
Todd4262
Lyon4253
Freeborn3591
Steele3482
Nicollet33713
Benton3203
Watonwan3080
Winona26116
Beltrami2400
Crow Wing23514
Le Sueur2201
Martin2075
Chisago2011
Goodhue1969
Otter Tail1943
McLeod1810
Cottonwood1780
Becker1571
Pipestone1579
Polk1534
Waseca1480
Itasca14712
Douglas1441
Carlton1370
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Pine1290
Dodge1270
Isanti1250
Murray1221
Chippewa1041
Morrison921
Wabasha920
Brown892
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Jackson860
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Rock850
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Cass722
Mille Lacs713
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Grant553
Swift531
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Confirmed Cases: 48781

Reported Deaths: 929
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Woodbury371952
Black Hawk312766
Linn237588
Johnson209619
Dallas188535
Buena Vista179412
Scott171814
Dubuque167631
Marshall144426
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Story116614
Wapello90033
Muscatine84748
Webster8017
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Sioux6343
Cerro Gordo62517
Warren5641
Tama55129
Jasper47826
Wright4721
Plymouth4629
Clinton3973
Dickinson3814
Louisa37814
Washington29810
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Hamilton2461
Franklin24110
Bremer2267
Clarke2013
Carroll1921
Emmet1924
Clay1901
Shelby1841
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Marion1730
Poweshiek1598
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Jackson1561
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Floyd1552
Mahaska13917
Cedar1331
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Jones1302
Buchanan1271
Henry1254
Hancock1222
Butler1212
Madison1212
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Lee1143
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Delaware1121
Humboldt1111
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Taylor980
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Davis572
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Fremont420
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Ida290
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