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City of Chaska News Flash

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Governor Tim Walz announced a #DialBackMN plan that will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 20 to Friday, December 18. 

#DialBackMN will press "pause" on in-person activity due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state. Certain establishments and businesses can continue to offer goods and services in a safe manner, but many will again have to adjust their operations to “to-go” or virtual means. The hope is that these temporary changes will help reduce the number of infections while safely supporting our schools, hospitals, and economy.

What's paused?

  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Gyms, fitness studios, martial arts and dance studios
  • Wedding receptions, celebrations, and private parties
  • Indoor entertainment venues
  • Public pools and rec centers
  • Adult and youth organized sports
  • Any social gatherings outside your household

What's open?

  • Take-out and delivery (food, beverage, and liquor)
  • Grocery and retail
  • Places of worship, religious services, weddings, and funerals
  • Outdoor recreation (limit to one household)
  • Beauty salons and and personal care service
  • Schools and daycare (follow Safe Learning Plan)
  • Stay home when you're able (only gather with your immediate household)

Case Count (Updated November 18)

  • Cases in Chaska: 971
  • Cases in Carver County: 3,444
  • Cases in Minnesota: 242,043
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) School Data (10/18 to 10/31): 39.44

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 Carver County’s 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 Updates  

  • To support those in need, the City is accepting donations of new or lightly used winter clothing, like jackets, hats, and mittens. Donations can be dropped off at the Chaska Curling Center or Chaska Community Center until Monday, November 23.
  • The City has launched an initiative called #ChaskaCares. Watch the #ChaskaCares Launch video.

City Services

The City of Chaska remains committed to maintaining city services related to:

  • Public safety
  • Emergency services
  • Public works functions (street maintenance, water & sewer, electric)
  • Building permits and inspections
  • Utility billing

If you would like to speak with City staff, please call 952-448-9200. 

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 open. The bathrooms are sanitized daily.
  • The off-leash dog areas
  • Chaska Event Center
  • Chaska Curling Center
  • Chaska Community Center
    • Open to members only
    • Members need to reserve a time slot on an online reservation system.
    • View the Reopening Plan for more info.

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:  

  • 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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