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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As of April 3, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed 789 cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. There are 11 confirmed cases in Carver County.

While the confirmed case count in Carver County might seem low, it is likely that many more cases exist in the County. According to MDH, not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so it is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had COVID-19.

City Services

The City of Chaska is committed to maintaining the continuity of city services. While we are taking steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we are still providing essential services related to:

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

Please call 952-448-9200 to reach City staff. 

Other City Updates  

  • The Chaska Police Department has canceled its Safety Camp this year. Those who have already registered will be refunded.
  • Most Chaska restaurants remain open for take-out or delivery. Check out a list put together by Jo Anne Gramith to see hours, contact information, and services available.
  • City parks, trails, and playgrounds are currently open. The Stay at Home Order allows the public to go outdoors to do things like walk your dog, ride your bike, or be in nature. 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.
  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for April 6 has been canceled. 
  • The 2020 spring shade tree program has been canceled.  
  • The City has suspended utility disconnects scheduled for the month of April. Customers are encouraged to make payments via our drop box in the City Hall parking lot, by mail, or online. Please contact our utility billing department at 952-448-9200 with any questions. 

City facilities with controlled access:  

  • Chaska City Hall: Call 952-448-9200 for questions on building permits, licenses, utility billing, and general questions. 
  • Chaska Fire Department: Call 952-448-2990 for general questions.  
  • Chaska Police Department: Call 952-448-4200 for general questions. 
  • 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 until further notice:  

  • Chaska Curling Center 
  • Chaska Event Center  
  • Chaska Community Center 
  • The Lodge at the Community Center   
  • Chaska Town Course  

Local updates and resources:  

State updates and resources: 

Symptoms and Spread of COVID-19

  • According to CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
    • fever 
    • cough
    • 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.
  • Ten ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home (PDF).

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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