Crow Wing County offices will remain open to provide services to residents. The public is encouraged, however, to use online services or call instead of coming in person if possible.

To protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, county employees will be implementing social distancing while they serve the public, according to officials, which they view as an “extremely important strategy to slow the progression of the illness.”

“That is vital to ensuring our available health care resources are not overwhelmed, as they have been in other parts of the world, and that they can give our loved ones with severe symptoms the care they will need,” County Administrator Tim Houle stated in a news release.

Staffers are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health to help reduce transmission of the virus to protect residents, families and employees.

“Social distancing, implemented early, can make a real difference in the rate of transmission,” Houle stated.

“Remember that 80% of those who contract the virus will have only mild to moderate symptoms. … For the 80%, staying home when you are ill and treating your symptoms as you would treat a case of influenza should be all that is necessary,” Houle stated.

Here are things the public can do to help the county prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Check the county’s website for a list of services it provides that can be accessed online

  • instead of coming in person to county offices.

  • Consider calling the county, so staff can provide assistance over the phone.

  • Check out www.ready.gov to prepare. Keep a minimum of two weeks supply of

  • prescription, water and food.