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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: 768112

Reported Deaths: 8639
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1533481923
Ramsey63323978
Dakota56954525
Anoka53854520
Washington33598331
Stearns28397253
St. Louis23627358
Scott21603160
Wright21301171
Olmsted18125120
Sherburne15480115
Carver1361255
Clay1023599
Rice9966131
Blue Earth964559
Crow Wing9467109
Kandiyohi834397
Chisago833563
Otter Tail8020105
Benton7472111
Beltrami652879
Mower645440
Douglas627590
Goodhue619485
Itasca615382
Winona611254
McLeod593770
Steele585225
Isanti569274
Morrison556066
Becker532762
Polk510778
Freeborn487642
Nobles480852
Lyon454856
Carlton445566
Nicollet433352
Pine427031
Cass423144
Mille Lacs415367
Brown409947
Todd398836
Le Sueur385332
Meeker356253
Waseca327231
Martin326236
Wabasha29516
Hubbard289944
Dodge273310
Roseau263827
Fillmore243212
Redwood239643
Wadena236629
Houston231017
Renville227349
Faribault220230
Pennington216527
Sibley210612
Cottonwood196628
Kanabec191330
Chippewa190240
Aitkin182543
Watonwan170811
Pope16128
Yellow Medicine156620
Rock155019
Jackson146514
Koochiching138319
Clearwater136018
Swift134519
Marshall134320
Murray134311
Pipestone133327
Stevens124511
Lake109121
Wilkin102214
Lac qui Parle98324
Mahnomen89312
Norman8729
Big Stone7974
Lincoln7825
Grant7819
Kittson60822
Red Lake5899
Unassigned529124
Traverse5125
Lake of the Woods4714
Cook2460

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 474151

Reported Deaths: 6785
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk74657729
Linn29194394
Scott24733274
Black Hawk20335358
Woodbury19207244
Johnson17988100
Dubuque15834229
Pottawattamie14276200
Dallas14109108
Story1288551
Warren774296
Cerro Gordo6951110
Webster6950111
Clinton6929101
Des Moines667594
Marshall641885
Muscatine6352113
Wapello5936137
Jasper578279
Lee565689
Sioux565676
Marion508191
Buena Vista491746
Plymouth463487
Henry389847
Jones370861
Washington366856
Benton359257
Bremer357168
Boone350937
Carroll346353
Crawford339347
Mahaska322856
Dickinson301052
Clay279133
Buchanan279039
Jackson273546
Kossuth271873
Hardin270249
Tama264976
Fayette260649
Delaware258546
Cedar249526
Page249328
Wright243645
Hamilton233954
Winneshiek233338
Floyd221845
Harrison217777
Madison216925
Clayton214558
Poweshiek211741
Iowa208029
Butler206638
Cass201557
Jefferson201040
Mills199929
Allamakee194753
Cherokee193844
Lyon192941
Hancock187639
Winnebago186633
Calhoun186116
Appanoose180850
Shelby178439
Louisa171052
Grundy168537
Humboldt167727
Emmet167146
Franklin164628
Mitchell164043
Union162637
Chickasaw159318
Sac157924
Guthrie155434
Montgomery142342
Palo Alto142032
Clarke141328
Keokuk139635
Monroe134335
Howard128222
Ida118641
Greene116315
Davis115225
Lucas113724
Pocahontas111423
Monona108738
Worth10818
Adair105335
Osceola94017
Fremont86111
Van Buren84221
Decatur82612
Taylor79713
Wayne74824
Ringgold67727
Audubon66814
Adams5095
Unassigned380
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