orono's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The City of Orono takes the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and is proactively working to minimize public health risk by following the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.
We prioritize the health and well-being of our residents, visitors and staff. The City Hall lobby has reopened, and the staff is here to provide the customer service you have grown to expect. Communications that can be done by phone or email is preferred, but when you need to come in to City Hall, we have made some changes to protect everyone. We have propped the door open for ease of access, installed plexiglass at the counters, and we clean and sanitized on a regular basis.
Resources and information
The following agencies and organizations continue to provide the latest information surrounding the Coronavirus.
Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What you need to know
Provides updates related to confirmed cases in Hennepin County
Provides Minnesota Updates & Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
MN Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Provides World-Wide updates & Information about COVID-19
Basic information about COVID-19
Provides city officials with updates on state responses and other resources on COVID-19
What the City is doing
- We are planning — the City’s staff are committed to maintain all essential services during the COVID19 pandemic.
- We are cleaning — with a focus on disinfecting high-touch areas daily at all City facilities. City Hall is wiping down all doors, counters and other areas periodically throughout the day. We are providing hand sanitizer for visitors to wash hands.
- We are implementing Minnesota Department of Health recommendations as outlined by the CDC — the City is following mitigation guidelines including encouraging social distancing measures with staff and the public, and reducing activities.
- We are following Minnesota Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
What we ask of you
- Take basic protective measures against the coronavirus – Stay informed and aware of the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Wash your hands – Wash your hands with hot soapy water for 20 seconds before, during and after visiting City facilities.
- Practice Respiratory Hygiene – Practice respiratory hygiene by making sure you and the people around you cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Why? Droplets spread virus.
- Stay home — If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please conduct City business online or by phone. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention early and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Do your part — don’t flush disinfecting wipes, baby wipes and other non-flushable personal hygiene products, these items are solid waste and must be disposed of with other refuse in the trash and never flushed down the toilet. If flushed, especially in large quantities, even wipes labeled as “flushable” can completely block the sewer and cause messy, expensive sewer backups into homes.