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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Governor Tim Walz announced another adjusting of the dials starting Monday, January 11. View all the details on the Stay Safe MN website.

Here are a few of the highlights of what restrictions will loosen on January 11:

  • Bars and restaurants can open at 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must remain six feet from other parties; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required; and establishments must close by 10 p.m.
  • Gym capacity remains capped at 25 percent but maximum capacity increases to 150. Machines and people should maintain 9 feet of distance. Classes increase to 25 people, assuming distancing can be observed. Everyone must be masked.
  • Indoor events and entertainment – like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and museums – may open at 25 percent, or no more than 150 people. Masks required. No food service after 10 p.m.
  • Youth and adult organized sports have resumed practice as of January 4 and games resume January 14 with spectators.


MDH has been working with local public health and other partners on distributing a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed and approved by the FDA and a safety board.

Carver County Public Health has started vaccinating local first responders, like members of our police and fire departments. 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine development, distribution, and safety, please visit the MDH Vaccine website.  

Case Count (Updated January 7)

  • Cases in Chaska: 1,747
  • Cases in Carver County: 6,673
  • Cases in Minnesota: 429,570
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) School Data (12/13 to 12/26): 33.96

More detailed information on cases in the County can be viewed on the Carver County expanded dashboard.

More detailed information on cases in the State can be viewed on the State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard.

Think you should get tested for COVID-19? Visit the MDH testing website to learn more about when to get tested, where you can get tested, and what the types and costs of the tests are.

City facilities that are open:

  • City parks, trails, and playgrounds: 
    • Check out our interactive trail map and interactive park map to see where you can go
    • If you use our parks, trails, or playground equipment, please practice proper social distancing guidelines and take preventative measures like washing your hands. The City is not sanitizing outdoor surfaces.
    • Park restrooms are closed for the season. 
  • The off-leash dog areas
  • The Chaska Community Center. See the Community Center website for more details.
  • The Chaska Curling Center

City facilities with controlled access:  

  • Chaska City Hall: Call 952-448-9200 for questions on building permits, licenses, utility billing, and more. 
  • Chaska Fire Department: Call 952-448-2990 for general questions.  
  • Chaska Police Department: During business hours (Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) call 952-448-4200 for administrative and records requests. If you are reporting a crime or if you need to speak with a police officer, please call Dispatch at 952-361-1231. If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
  • Chaska Municipal Services: Call 952-448-4335 to speak to the Public Works, Water & Sewer, and Electric departments. 
  • If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1. 

City facilities that are closed:  

  • Chaska Event Center
  • The Lodge at the Community Center
  • Chaska Par 30 (closed for renovations)
  • Chaska Town Course (closed for the season)
  • Clayhole Swim Beach at Firemen's Park (closed for the season)

Local resources:  

State updates and resources: 

Symptoms and Spread of COVID-19

  • According to the CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Some patients have had other symptoms including muscle aches, headache, sore throat, or diarrhea.
  • These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
  • According to MDH, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads. It can also spread when people touch contaminated surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. 
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms (when they are asymptomatic); there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • The virus spreads most easily when a person has symptoms and is coughing or sneezing.

CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of illness the:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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