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City Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated March 27th

LAST UPDATED MARCH 27th –  * note situation update

Updates added on March 27th are indicated in red text

#StayHomeMN takes effect at 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT

Lasts through 5 p.m. Friday April 3rd

This two-week order to stay home is forecast to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 virus and allow the state time to make key preparations for the pandemic. We ask everyone observe the order and thank you in advance for doing your part to help us all.

STAY HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER: THE MINNESOTA MODEL (#StayHomeMN FAQ)

Health Situation Update: (Comments are from MDH Director of Infectious Diseases, Kris Ehresmann released through the Belle Plaine Police Department)

  • Number of cases confirmed by testing: 398, up from 346
  • Approximate total number of completed tests: 14,003
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 51
  • Number of people hospitalized as of today: 34
  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 180
  • Number of confirmed cases in Scott County: 7

People with respiratory symptoms who don’t require hospitalization and aren’t healthcare workers/long-term care residents are being told to isolate themselves and manage their symptoms at home.  Furthermore, anyone with any sign of illness – even a runny nose or cough – is advised to stay home.

Health Resources

  • Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System patients in New Prague and the surrounding communities can call 952-758-4461 to reach a dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line.
  • Ridgeview Medical Center free online COVID-19 screening service available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When prompted to the payment section, enter the code COVID19 in the promo code section.

Closures/Cancellations

  • Until further notice the public will not be able to access City buildings, but City business will continue. City staff will be here to assist and provide services but that assistance will have to be over the phone, internet, through the drop box at City Hall, or via postal mail. Scroll down for more information on how to access services on our website and phone contacts.
  • Belle Plaine Public Library (125 Main Street West) is closed to the public.
  • The Design Committee meeting scheduled for April 6th has been cancelled.
  • Previously scheduled City events/activities/registrations may be postponed this includes such events likely involving more than ten people. Examples are community conversations and registration for programs with undetermined schedules. 
  • We will be reviewing all scheduled public meetings to determine whether they are necessary, whether they can be delayed, and whether they can be conducted electronically. Please view the City’s calendar for the latest updates on meetings and events.
  • All parks are currently closed for the season.
  • Belle Plaine Schools has recent and updated information regarding our distance learning plans and other information.

Additional Actions by the City of Belle Plaine

  • Utility permit late fees are being waived this month (March).
  • City operations will continue to the greatest degree possible but changes may occur. Staff will remain working in many buildings and in the field to respond to citizens, maintenance/operational needs, inspections, and emergencies.
  • We encourage residents to conduct business with us electronically or over the phone to the greatest degree possible.  Payment may be made over the phone or online. Over the phone convenience fees are being waived until further notice. If you have questions please email info@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   

Businesses and Workers

  • Minnesota Small Business Emergency Loans available to businesses impacted by required closings. Apply through Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers the agency that runs Scott County’s Open To Business Program:

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

John Endris jendris@mccdmn.org

Business Advisor

Open to Business Program

Ph: 651-216-6252

Other actions you can take to help

  • Try not to hoard items at the expense of everyone else.
  • Reach out to your neighbors in need of assistance, especially those in vulnerable populations.
  • Support the Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf and donate blood.
  • Our local faith communities and organizations can help.
  • Keep your family at ease and entertained. So many people are stepping up with great ideas and options, let’s do more! Share your ideas with us.
  • Learn how to talk to children about this outbreak.
  • Take a break from media coverage. Get outside and enjoy nature (and snow if we get more). Take care of your mental health during these stressful times.
  • Treat everyone with respect, give each other room to be a bit out of sorts. Distinguish legitimate and appropriate medical precautions from behaviors creating a stigma. Help us to continue to build a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can safely access services and care. 

Trustworthy Sources of Information and Updates Related to COVID-19

Scott County Public Health

Minnesota Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Website Navigation/Access

To apply for a building permit, a zoning permit, or any other type of permit use the links at this page. PLEASE CALL WITH QUESTIONS 952-873-5553. You will need to download and complete the applicable application and then return it to City Hall along with payment by check or credit card. We may be able to take some payments over the phone. Return permits by:

  • Email to lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us,
  • Putting it in the drop box at 218 Meridian St North
  • Faxing to 952-873-5509
  • Or sending it via postal mail to: City of Belle Plaine, P.O. Box 129, Belle Plaine MN 56011

You may send your utility bill payment by mail, drop it in the drop box at City Hall, pay your utility bill online or you may call and pay your utility bill over the phone 952-873-5553 (a convenience fee will not apply). To pay your utility bill online you must create an account. You will need the company name or the last name from your utility bill along with your 13-digit account number. Use the ‘utilities’ tab. 

 

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