COVID-19

Richfield's Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Important Links & Resources

By now, most residents are aware that the global pandemic of COVID19, a specific strain of coronavirus, has made its way to the United States and Minnesota.

In Richfield, our staff is coordinating with Bloomington Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and receive guidance on the coordinated response to this global pandemic. Daily updates are being provided to all staff, policymakers and our community.

To that end, policymakers and staff are committed to providing ongoing essential services while protecting everyone from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Visit this website for the most up-to-date information from the City of Richfield.

About the COVID-19 Virus

According to MDH, most patients with confirmed coronavirus disease have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients have had other symptoms including muscle aches, headaches, sore throat and diarrhea.

Health officials have also identified that seniors and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk to contract COVID-19, who should take action to reduce the risk of getting sick by staying home as much as possible, limiting non-essential travel and avoiding crowds. The Centers for Disease Control offers excellent guidance for those who are ill or are caring for someone infected with COVID-19.

Masks Required

In Minnesota, people are required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses, unless they are alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. They must cover the nose and mouth. Exemptions include children under 5 and those with medical conditions that make it difficult to breathe. View the State of Minnesota’s Frequently Asked Questions online or download them (PDF) for more information on the Governor’s Order requiring face coverings.

Public Health Intake Line

The Public Health intake line connects residents to community resources such as food, housing, financial assistance and medical care. Non-emergency calls are answered Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 952-563-8900 and select option 3.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is an important part of public health’s strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Testing allows public health officials to quickly identify individuals who are infected, and to work with those individuals to isolate at home, to prevent further spread of the disease.The State of Minnesota’s website helps people check their symptoms, determine if they should get tested for COVID-19, and find a testing location near them. 

Stay Safe MN

Minnesota is currently in Phase III of the COVID-19 Stay Safe MN Plan. The City continues relying on guidance from trusted public health authorities like the Minnesota Department of Health when making decisions that affect the community.

City Services During COVID-19 

The City has undertaken measures to encourage and support social distancing and a reduction in the transmission of COVID-19. It is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation, with health recommendations and guidance changing on a regular basis, so we will evaluate the city’s postponements, cancelations and closing on a weekly basis. 

The following CITY FACILITIES / SERVICES impacted at this time (last updated November 19, 2020):

  • Motor Vehicle Services at Richfield Municipal Center: Dropbox ONLY
  • Richfield Police lobby: OPEN
  • Richfield Municipal Center:  all other services, by appointment only
  • Liquor Stores: OPEN
  • Wood Lake Nature Center: Trails/Outdoor spaces are OPEN; building is CLOSED.
  • Richfield Community Center: CLOSED
  • Richfield Ice Arena: OPEN
  • Richfield Public Works Facility: CLOSED
  • Richfield Water Plant: CLOSED

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions or concerns related to COVID-19 within our community, please contact our Public Health Administrator Jennifer Anderson at 612-861-9881 or jenniferanderson@richfieldmn.gov