Rochester closing Rec Center, Graham Arena to fight COVID spread

In-person city services also being restricted.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 4:30 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2020 4:52 PM

ROCHESTER, MInn. – Some facilities are being closed and in-person delivery of city services limited as Rochester struggled to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The majority of City services remain fully functional thanks to the various online and digital tools that we have available. By taking the step of reducing in-person interactions, we are being proactive and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” says City Administrator Steve Rymer. “We ask everyone continue to wear masks and practice social distancing as we get through this together.”

The following changes are going into effect:

City Hall

· Limited front counter transactional services are available at City Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
· Appointments are required for Administration, Attorneys Office, City Clerk/Licensing, City Council, Civic Music, Finance/IT, Fire Administration, Human Resources, Mayor’s Office and Park & Recreation.

Development Services & Infrastructure

The Development Services & Infrastructure Center lobby remains open to the public for limited in-person transactions Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The materials drop-off/pick-up areas located in the main door vestibule remains accessible on Fridays.

Virtual inspections are occurring to the greatest extent possible.

Recreation activities at City-owned facilities

· Activities at city-operated recreational facilities, including Graham Arena, the Rochester Recreation Center and the National Volleyball Center, will be paused from Sunday, November 15 through Monday, November 30. The status of activities at these facilities will be re-evaluated in one week.

Rochester Police Department

· The Records Office located at the downtown Law Enforcement Center (101 4 Street SE) remains open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The Records Office at the North Service Station is closed.

Rochester Public Library

· Curbside and walk-up services continue to operate Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm
· The Bookmobile will continue to operate. Visit www.rplmn.org/bookmobile for current schedule.
· Internet Service is no longer available until further notice.

Rochester Public Utilities

· The lobby is open for limited in person services Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

City Council, Board, Commission and Committee Meetings

· City Council meetings will occur virtually, beginning with the November 16 Study Session. Meeting information, including agendas, public comment instructions and links for live viewing are available on the City website.

· All Board and Commission meetings will occur virtually. Information is available on the City website.

“This is a difficult time for the community,” says Ken Jones, Director of Emergency Management for City of Rochester. “Now is the time to remain extra cautious to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone can do their part by limiting close contact to 15 minutes or less, avoid sharing breathing air with non-household members, wearing a mask for another layer of protection, and doing regular handwashing.”

City leaders are urging residents to use phone-based or virtual city resources and avoid in-person meetings as much as possible.

The City of Rochester COVID-19 Information Hotline (507-328-2822) is available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Information is also available on the City’s COVID-19 webpage.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 592750

Reported Deaths: 7376
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1226641731
Ramsey51369875
Dakota45906452
Anoka41713438
Washington26899283
Stearns22238222
St. Louis17758304
Scott17275124
Wright16034140
Olmsted1324298
Sherburne1170887
Carver1049145
Clay815792
Rice8056107
Blue Earth750441
Crow Wing665089
Kandiyohi655783
Chisago599751
Otter Tail574978
Benton570297
Goodhue478072
Douglas467875
Mower465732
Winona454550
Itasca437556
McLeod423659
Isanti421364
Morrison419260
Nobles407748
Beltrami395559
Steele388315
Polk384168
Becker380253
Lyon360651
Carlton345254
Freeborn341729
Pine328622
Nicollet326143
Brown305440
Mille Lacs304553
Le Sueur291723
Todd282132
Cass272828
Meeker256340
Waseca236222
Martin230632
Roseau209019
Wabasha20533
Hubbard189341
Dodge18493
Renville180243
Redwood174337
Houston171816
Cottonwood164923
Fillmore156310
Wadena155922
Pennington153619
Faribault152319
Chippewa152238
Kanabec144626
Sibley143510
Aitkin134936
Watonwan13279
Rock128219
Jackson121812
Pipestone115426
Yellow Medicine114120
Pope11026
Murray10639
Swift105218
Stevens91311
Marshall88117
Clearwater86816
Koochiching83315
Wilkin81512
Lake81119
Lac qui Parle75322
Big Stone6004
Lincoln5813
Grant5768
Mahnomen5499
Norman5399
Unassigned50093
Kittson48622
Red Lake3967
Traverse3705
Lake of the Woods3253
Cook1640

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 367061

Reported Deaths: 5938
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk57642625
Linn20869335
Scott20044241
Black Hawk15813308
Woodbury15132228
Johnson1448383
Dubuque13374208
Dallas1118298
Pottawattamie11122168
Story1061748
Warren577988
Clinton555693
Cerro Gordo540389
Sioux514474
Webster512293
Marshall483075
Muscatine481199
Des Moines457166
Wapello4301122
Buena Vista424840
Jasper419272
Plymouth401280
Lee375855
Marion362575
Jones298957
Henry291837
Carroll285952
Bremer284560
Crawford266140
Boone264834
Benton256655
Washington253750
Dickinson248443
Mahaska230351
Jackson222142
Clay215625
Kossuth215364
Tama209771
Delaware209641
Winneshiek196934
Page192722
Buchanan191332
Cedar190023
Hardin185643
Fayette185141
Wright184637
Hamilton179949
Harrison179673
Clayton169556
Butler164934
Madison162319
Mills162222
Floyd160942
Cherokee158938
Lyon158041
Poweshiek154734
Allamakee151451
Iowa148824
Hancock148234
Winnebago142431
Calhoun138513
Cass138554
Grundy136333
Emmet134340
Jefferson132435
Shelby131037
Sac130319
Union128333
Louisa128149
Appanoose127949
Mitchell126342
Chickasaw124116
Guthrie121530
Franklin120521
Humboldt119126
Palo Alto112823
Howard104622
Montgomery103338
Clarke100124
Unassigned9740
Keokuk95931
Monroe95129
Ida90335
Adair86532
Pocahontas85522
Davis83024
Monona82730
Osceola78716
Greene77710
Lucas77223
Worth7478
Taylor66012
Fremont6229
Decatur6089
Ringgold55824
Van Buren55818
Wayne53923
Audubon51010
Adams3384
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