Crow Wing Ground Services Building Closes Due to COVID-19 Exposure

After several staff members were exposed to COVID-19, Crow Wing County officials made the decision to switch to virtual service delivery from 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 28 to November 5.

This means that access to the land services building will be prohibited during this period. All services remain available online and by phone.

“This decision was made out of excess of caution towards our staff and the residents they serve,” county administrator Tim Houle said in a press release. “No one is immune from the spread of COVID-19. We face the same disruptions we see in our schools and local businesses. We are taking steps to divide our workforce and minimize physical contact between our employees. I want to reassure our community that the staff will continue to work and provide all the services we have available. Maintaining the needs of our residents is always our top priority.

There is a drop box in front of the Property Services building, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd. For assistance, call Ground Services at 218-824-1010 or email [email protected] Help is also available on crowwing.us.

This is the second building in Crow Wing County to close again last week. The community services building is expected to reopen to the public on Monday. All other county offices remain open, including the historic courthouse for early voting and the filing of postal ballots. County offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The region continues to see the number of active cases increase rapidly, with Crow Wing, Morrison and Todd counties leading the way.

Mille Lacs County, however, continues to see an increase in COVID-19-related deaths. A Thousand Lakes County resident aged 85 to 89 was the last person in the seven-county north-central Minnesota region to die from complications associated with COVID-19.

This is the 11th day in a row that the death of a resident of one of the region’s seven counties has been reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. It is also the 16th death in Mille Lacs County, which as of October 12 had recorded a total of three deaths.

  • Aitkin – 188 (+23 since Friday October 23), with two deaths.

  • Cass – 405 (+48), with five deaths.

  • Raven wing – 1,084 (+104), with 22 (+1) deaths.

  • Thousand Lakes – 432 (+45), with 16 (+2) deaths.

  • Morrison – 802 (+108), with 10 (+2) deaths.

  • Todd – 872 (+103), with six (+1) deaths.

  • Wadena – 257 (+42), with three deaths.

NOTE: These numbers are cumulative since March 21 and many have been released from isolation.

Gregory M. Roy