Crow Wing Ground Services Building Closes Due to COVID-19 Exposures – Brainerd Dispatch
After multiple staff were exposed to COVID-19, Crow Wing County leaders made the decision to transition to virtual service delivery beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 28 through November 5.
This means that access to the ground services building will be prohibited during this period. All services remain available online and by phone.
“This decision was made out of caution to our staff and the residents they serve,” County Administrator Tim Houle said in a news release. “No one is immune to the spread of COVID-19. We are facing the same disruptions we are seeing in our local schools and 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. Meeting the needs of our residents is always our top priority.”
There is a drop box in front of the Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd. For assistance, call Land Services at 218-824-1010 or email [email protected] Help is also available at crowwing.us.
This is the second Crow Wing County building 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 mail-in ballot drop-off. County offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The region continues to see the number of active cases increasing 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 Mille Lacs County resident, 85 to 89, was the last person in the seven counties area of north-central Minnesota 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 recently as October 12 had recorded a total of three deaths.
Aitkin — 188 (+23 since Friday, October 23), including two deaths.
cass — 405 (+48), with five deaths.
raven wing — 1,084 (+104), with 22 (+1) deaths.
Thousand Lakes — 432 (+45), including 16 (+2) deaths.
Morisson — 802 (+108), with 10 (+2) deaths.
Todd — 872 (+103), including six (+1) deaths.
Wadena — 257 (+42), including three deaths.
NOTE: These numbers are cumulative since March 21 and many have come out of isolation.