Governor Tim Walz has now asked all Minnesotans to stay at home (as iis practical) as of Friday, March 27, effective 11:59 PM to help “slow down and buy time” to deal with the spread of COVID-19. This means, essentially, that the state is asking for a broader form of social distancing to allow for more testing and better treatment to be developed, but does not require the stronger measures required by a full shelter-in-place or "lockdown" order.
Basically, the Governor commended Minnesotans for their diligent attention to social distancing practices. However, he wanted to provide more clarity for how long his order relates to social distancing will be in place, which is – at this point – April 10. Clearly, we are in a challenging moment in our history. In times like this, with too many voices and too many opinions are too easily released without verification, we need to come together and depend on the expertise and guidance of people who are entrusted with positions of official, measured, and thoughtful authority. This is a time for unity, not discord; a time for individual responsibility to strengthen the larger community. To be certain, we are up to the task.
Since Scott County closed County buildings to the public last week, we have been preparing for a situation like this. Based on the information in the Governor’s order, all of our efforts have been absolutely necessary. We will continue providing our services to the public when and where we are able to use appropriate social distancing or remote transactions, and when not in conflict with the Governor’s order. We will provide information on any services that are not available through the County website and social media. Scott County’s continued dedication to the people we serve does not waver.
We urge everyone to use appropriate social distancing practices in your home and work environments to keep yourselves healthy. Regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best personal sanitary practice, with hand sanitizer as a secondary option when soap and water are unavailable.
It’s completely understandable for uncertainty and concern to be in our lives at this moment. But Americans have weathered storms such as this in our past, and we can do this. We must do this. But, most importantly, we will do this… together. Please heed these recommendations and prepare accordingly.