If you have questions about coronavirus or COVID-19, you should refer to resources from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Minnesota Department of Health
- COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920 available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Coronavirus Specific Resources
Centers for Disease Control:
If you have questions about how city services are impacted during the coronavirus outbreak, contact your local city.
Governor Walz Issues 2-Week Stay At Home Order
To slow the spread of COVID-19 across Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotas to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Read More
Which Medical Procedures Are Allowed During COVID-19 Outbreak?
Minnesota governor Tim Walz signed an executive order on March 19 banning non-essential or elective medical procedures, including dental work, that require a ventilator or personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, beginning this past Monday, March 23. But what, exactly, does that mean for patients? Read More
Local Restaurant Rock Elm Tavern Gives Back Despite Facing Challenges
Temporarily shuttered restaurants are now relying on curbside takeouts more than ever. Despite only making a small percentage of their usual profit, local restaurants are still finding ways to give back to the community.
Rock Elm Tavern in Plymouth and Maple Grove have partnered with Treehouse to lend a hand to the needy. Read More
In Week 2, Restaurants Get Creative with Take-Out, Virtual Happy Hours and More
As the second week of major disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak draws to a close, area restaurants are working hard to stay in business. That’s led some of them to come up with creative ways to interact with their customers in an era of social distancing. Read More
Park Nicollet Plymouth Clinic Temporarily Designated As Respiratory Clinic
The Park Nicollet Plymouth location is one of four clinics being designated as respiratory care clinics. HealthPartners is making temporary changes for some clinics to stop the spread of COVID-19. So, if Plymouth is your primary clinic, you will have to see a doctor at another location. Read More
Automotive Businesses Deal With COVID-19 Fallout
As COVID-19 largely confines Minnesotans to their homes, area automotive businesses are getting creative to keep revenue coming in. From dealerships to service garages, local shops are stepping up to the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus. Read More
Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Update 3-23-2020
Governor Tim Walz joined officials from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other state agencies Monday afternoon to provide an update on Minnesota’s response to COVID-19. Read More
Local Chambers of Commerce Help Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic
Chambers of Commerce are mobilizing to help local businesses learn about virtual resources, grants, and more during a difficult time. Dawn Sperr with I-94 West Chamber of Commerce and Shannon Full with TwinWest Chamber of Commerce share what they are doing and how we as a community can help. Read More
Blood Centers Report Critical Blood Shortage
The COVID 19 pandemic is already taking a toll in many ways – including blood donations. Memorial Blood Centers in Plymouth is currently experiencing a donor shortage because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read More
Golden Valley Police Update Response Plan
Golden Valley’s normal city offices remain closed through April 3 because of the coronavirus, but the city’s police and fire departments are still fully operational.
Wednesday, Commander Steve Johnson of the Golden Valley Police Department posted a video on Twitter to update residents on what’s happening with city services. He noted that public operations at City Hall, Brookview, and the Motor Vehicle department are all suspended, but if people want to contact specific department employees, they can do so by email. Read More
Plymouth Mayor Jeff Wosje officially declared a state of local emergency
Plymouth Mayor Jeff Wosje officially declared a state of local emergency in Plymouth Thursday, March 19 in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Read More
School Districts Might Be Closed, But Still Providing Lunches
Schools across the metro are coming in full force to feed students that would otherwise get their meals at school.
On Sunday, Gov. Tim Walz ordered to temporarily close K-12 schools effective Wednesday, March 18, due to concerns of spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More
COVID-19 Impact: Governor Orders Closure of Minnesota Restaurants, Bars
In another significant response to the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Tim Walz has ordered the closure of all Minnesota restaurants and bars. The closure will take effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Restaurants will still be able to offer takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Read More
Local Restaurants Adjust to New Normal
Restaurants all across the northwest suburbs are adjusting to a new normal after Governor Tim Walz ordered the closure of all Minnesota restaurants and bars to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The closure takes effect at 5 p.m. Restaurants will still be able to offer takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Read More
Lynde’s Restaurant Organizes Meal Delivery
Mark Lynde using his business to organize a meal delivery service to Osseo seniors in need. Need a meal? Want to help? Call Lynde’s Restaurant in Osseo 763-712-0987 More info
Coronavirus Anxiety? Maple Grove Psychologist Shares Tips for Coping
The push to stay away from crowds during the coronavirus outbreak means people are hunkering down and staying at home. That can have an impact on our psyche.
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lisa Lovelace with Synergy eTherapy in Maple Grove says anxiety concerning COVID-19 is normal. Read More
Coronavirus Impact: Crystal Funeral Home Changes Operations
The global coronavirus pandemic is changing how Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel in Crystal operates. Read More
COVID-19: Crystal Police Say Staying Safe Means Staying Calm
COVID-19 is impacting everyone in the northwest suburbs, including first responders. CCX News caught up with Crystal Deputy Police Chief Brian Hubbard to find out what residents should do during the pandemic. Read More
Governor Closes Schools Starting Wednesday; Childcare provided for Children of Healthcare Workers
Governor Tim Walz announced Sunday morning that Minnesota K-12 public schools will temporarily close starting Wednesday. This is for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story
PRISM Hands Out Food with Drive-Through Service
Workers at PRISM in Golden Valley are busy ramping up their efforts to help meet the demand during the coronavirus outbreak. Read More
Coronavirus: Governor Declares State of Emergency
Minnesota released new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has grown. MSHSL announced the postseason state tournaments for both boys and girls will be canceled.
Local Stores Report Empty Shelves
People are rushing out to purchase items in case they are stuck inside their homes for a prolonged length of time. People came out of Costco carrying water and paper towels. At Almsted’s Fresh Market in Crystal, the owner says business is up.
Churches Change or Cancel Services to Contain Germs
At St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove, staff placed hand sanitizers and changed parts of services that would limit the spread of germs. Some churches, like all Latter-day Saint congregations and others, canceled services altogether.
State Lawmakers Work on COVID-19 Funding
House Speaker Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park says committees in her chamber are working on several bills, one of which would set up a loan fund to help health care providers struggling to keep up with the outbreak.
High School State Tournaments to Limit Attendance
As national sporting events are canceled and professional seasons are suspended, high school coaches and athletes are left wondering if state tournaments will be canceled too. One change–the girls basketball tournament will start limiting the crowd size on Friday. Read More
Coronavirus: Hennepin Healthcare Seeks Uptick of Concerned Patients
Hennepin Healthcare in Golden Valley says they’ve had many people come to the clinic for common colds, asking to be tested for the novel coronavirus. Healthcare officials to practice good hygiene and stay home if they are sick. Read More
Coronavirus Outbreak Sparks Rice Shortage at Asian Markets
Local Asian grocery markets like Good Deal Oriental Market in Robbinsdale say they are having a tough time keeping rice on store shelves. They’ve sold 500 bags of rice in just three days and are urging people to only take what they need. Read More
Wayzata Schools Increases Cleanings, Develops Online Plans
The superintendent of Wayzata Schools says the district is monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus. The school sent out an email to parents, informing about increased building cleanings, teachers developing online learning plans, and urging frequent hand washing. Read More
Canceled: World Cup Organizers “Devastated” to Call off Event
John Munger, executive director of the Loppet Foundation, says it was a very difficult decision to call off next week’s cross country ski World Cup Race at Theodore Wirth Park. He’s confident the U.S. will get another opportunity to host the event. Read More
Maple Grove Travel Agency Says Coronavirus Confusion Unprecedented
Ann Martin from The Travel Source says in her 30 years working in the travel industry, she doesn’t remember anything like the reaction from the coronavirus. She’s had clients cancel plans because of it. Read More