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Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf provides update

DELANO, MN – The Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf is making changes to its processes and procedures.

Representatives from the food shelf released the following update:

As news about coronavirus continues to unfold we want you to know that the Delano Helping Hands Foodshelf is committed to protecting the health of our community while continuing to meet the critical need for food that will only increase as our communities and economy are impacted by the virus.

This is a fluid situation and our understanding of this virus and its impact is changing by the hour. During this time of developing information about the coronavirus, we want to maintain the health and well-being of individuals and our community. Decisions about our ability to serve can change daily.

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, Delano Helping Hands Foodshelf will:

  • Continue to maintain our scheduled hours: Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month, 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
  • To reduce contact for our clients and to conserve volunteer resources, we are implementing scheduled client appointments with drive-through order pickup. There will be no inside access to the foodshelf by clients.
  • Expand our pre-packed food model to include client choice items via phone calls by volunteers prior to scheduled appointments.
  • Communicate updates about our service and plans through the Delano City website, phone, and social media.

If you are a community member in need of emergency food assistance:

  • Call the foodshelf at 763-972-4455, leave a voicemail with contact information; we will get back to you to schedule an appointment. 

How can others help?

  • If you are interested in, or available to volunteer if needed, please call the foodshelf at 763-972-4455, leave a voicemail and we will get back to you.
  • Monetary donations can be mailed to Delano Helping Hands Foodshelf, P.O. Box 22, Delano, MN 55328
  • Food donations are being coordinated by Lynn Bartels (volunteer). Items can be placed at several drop-off locations:
    • Coborn’s [food donation barrel]
    • My BodyShop Fitness Center – 901 Babcock Blvd.
    • Landscape Structures Inc – 601 Seventh St. S. (Place items in the bin between two front doors between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.)
    • Lynn Bartels volunteer residence – 416 Third St. N. (place donations in the porch)
    • Questions? Contact Lynn Bartels at 763-439-4393

We are so grateful for your continued support in this unprecedented and ever-changing process.

Thank you!

UPDATE: Wright County Board adopts emergency declaration in response to COVID-19

BUFFALO, MN – The Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted the following emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease-that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, the CDC has identified the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19, and has advised that person-to-person spread of COVID-19 will continue to occur; and

WHEREAS, Wright County has had a positive test for COVID-19; and,

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for COVID-19, beginning on January 27; 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 President Donald Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a National Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime State of Emergency to authorize any and all necessary resources to be used in support of the COVID-19 response; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Public Health recommend that any individual with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low; and

WHEREAS, during this pandemic, it is possible that individuals who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine to control or prevent further spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the County, and additional resources will be needed from Wright County, and state and federal sources;

Now, THEREFORE, THE WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, REQUESTS, AND DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes 12.29, declares that a local emergency exists within Wright County, effective March 16, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute.
  2. Directs County departments to review ordinance and regulatory requirements, operations, civil and legal proceedings, events, and resources that can and should be adjusted or suspended, or to enact emergency regulations to support the residents of Wright County during the pandemic.
  3. Directs the Wright County Public Health Director/Community Health Services Administrator and the Wright County Director of Emergency Management to request and coordinate appropriate aid and resources from surrounding jurisdictions and the State of Minnesota, as needed.
  4. Declares, under Minn. Stat. 13D.021, that in-person meetings of the County Board of Commissioners and other public bodies under the County Board’s jurisdiction where members of those bodies have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are otherwise in quarantine or isolation in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic and the emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by Governor Walz.
  5. Orders that this declaration be given prompt and general publicity and that it be filed promptly by the County Clerk.

In addition, all Wright County government public counters – with the exception of the sheriff’s office, court administration, and court services/probation – will be closed until April 1. All departments will begin implementing telecommuting to the greatest extent possible. Furthermore, the commissioners requested that all nonessential committee meetings be postponed until April 1.

Library closed through the end of March

ST. CLOUD, MN – Great River Regional Library has announced that all libraries in its system, including Delano Public Library, will be closed through the end of March.

The decision follows social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.

“We ask patrons to keep the items they currently have and not return any items at this time,” a press release reads in part. “All due dates and items on hold are extended through April 8 and will be extended as long as the libraries are closed.”

City offices closed to the public

DELANO, MN – The City of Delano is transitioning within its community health emergency plan to the delivery of only essential services and minimizing direct person-to-person contact in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a continuity measure to allow the continuation of essential public services by reducing potential direct contact with employees carrying out services.

The city will be closed all public access to facilities on Monday, and they will remain closed until further notice. The city will continue to perform essential services as defined below and employees will be available by telephone and email during the facilities closure. The city asks for the public’s patience and understanding of this action.

To maintain the city’s continuity of business, city staff asks residents to refer to the following information:

Building and permitting department
The city’s building department will continue its operating during this time. Residents, contractors, and those seeking permits or inspections should contact the department by email permits@delano.mn.us or by phone at 763-972-0550.

Permit forms and more information about the Building Department can be found online at http://www.delano.mn.us/services/building-department

Code enforcement
To report a complaint that requires code enforcement, please call 763-972-0550 or email Marlene Kittock at mkittock@delano.mn.us

Water and electric utilities
Delano Municipal Utilities is also continuing operations, but its facilities are also closed to public access. To reach DMU for a water or electric matter, please call 763-972-0557. Additional information is available at https://delanomn.us/

Streets, parks, trails, storm water, and sanitary sewer
Delano Public Works is continuing operations. Please contact Delano City Hall at 763-972-0550 for matters related to streets, parks, trails, storm water, or sanitary sewer service.

Fire, emergency response, and medical response
If you have a fire or medical emergency, call 911.

The Delano Fire and Rescue Department continues to be fully staffed and operating under normal protocols without interruption.

Delano Motor Vehicle Department
The Delano DMV remains open for business by mail or secure drop box. Customers may renew tabs or complete title transactions by submitting all necessary information and payment by mail or in the drop box. Visit dps.mn.gov for more information on requirements or other available Deputy Registrar Offices.

By mail
Delano Motor Vehicle Department
234 2nd Street North
PO Box 108
Delano, MN 55328

Two drop box options
Delano Municipal Utilities Drop Box
Attention: Delano Motor Vehicle Department
11 Bridge Avenue West
Delano, MN 55328

Delano Municipal Utilities Drop Box – Coborns Grocery Store entrance\
Attention: Delano Motor Vehicle Department
1400 Babcock Boulevard
Delano, MN 55328

Planning and Zoning
The city is continuing planning and zoning activities. Information on planning applications, codes and ordinances, and contact information for staff, please visit http://www.delano.mn.us/services/community-development

Administration and Finance
The city is continuing to operate its administrative and finance functions. Please contact city staff at 763-972-0550 or additional contact information at http://www.delano.mn.us/services/administration

Senior Center
The Delano Senior Center is closed and all senior trips and activities are canceled until further notice.

Crow River Villa
The Crow River Villa office will remain open on a limited basis. Residents of the Crow River Villa are encouraged to practice social distancing and minimize contact with other residents if they are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone experiencing sickness. The city also requests minimal visitor access for the current time period to reduce exposure and contact with all residents. Residents are encouraged to contact Villa management by phone at 763-972-2945 or by email a tweber@delano.mn.us

General COVID-19 Information
The city continues to monitor developments with COVID-19 closely. The city strongly encourages residents to seek information from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Minnesota Department of Health, and the Wright County Public Health Department. Please visit the websites of each for the latest information.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website

Delano Senior Center closed until further notice

DELANO, MN — The Delano Senior Center is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus.

Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health recommended that event organizers limit attendance to no more than 10 people for events where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including senior citizens.

“Following this recommendation, the City of Delano is closing Delano Senior Center and canceling all senior center programs and activities until further notice,” according to a post on the city’s official Facebook page.

In the absence of the congregate meal program, if seniors need food assistance, they should call the center at 763-972-0574 or email senior@delano.mn.us and staff will respond to those inquiries.

“Thank you for your understanding as we try to protect the health of our residents, program participants, and staff, while monitoring the evolving situation,” the post reads in part.

More information on how COVID-19 is affecting city facilities and policy will appear in the March 20 edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

 

First case of COVID-19 in Wright County confirmed

BUFFALO, MN – The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Wright County, a person in their eighties.

The individual has a history of out of state travel. The individual started to feel ill upon their return and was hospitalized, but is feeling well. The individual will be discharged home for isolation.

MDH is working with Wright County Public Health and health care partners to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the infected person. These people will be evaluated for risk and, if applicable, asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

Wright County Public Health is actively working in partnership with MDH to manage an identified COVID-19 case in the county and it is important to remember that the risk to the general public is low. Please consider taking these steps:

Covering your cough and sneezing

Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. We encourage you to talk with your employer about how to how work remotely.

Prepare for the event that you might have to stay home.

If COVID-19 begins to spread in Minnesota communities, state and local public health authorities would consider community interventions such as temporary workplace social distancing measures, replacing in-person meetings with teleworking, and modifying, postponing or cancelling large gatherings.

These measures are taken during a disease outbreak to slow the speed at which the disease spreads and reduces the overall number of those who become sick. This slow progression reduces the risk of the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed and resources being depleted.

MDH has set up a public hotline that will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. The hotline number is (651) 201-3920.