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City of Chaska News Flash

Posted on: June 2, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As a part of #ChaskaCares, the City of Chaska is teaming up with Chaska High School to celebrate the 2020 high-school graduates on Friday, June 5. 

The “Hail to the Hawks” celebration is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. The Chaska community is encouraged to head outside at that time and make some noise for the Class of 2020. A parade of a fire truck, a school bus, the Hawk mascot, and a police squad car will head into the community to recognize the high school graduates.

As the parade comes through neighborhoods, residents are encouraged to step outside to cheer along. To continue protecting the health and safety of Chaska residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember to practice social distancing and not gather in groups.

““We wanted to do something special to recognize our high school seniors and their accomplishments,” said Chaska Mayor Mark Windschitl. "We wanted to show them that our community cares.”

The city will publish the parade route in advance on www.chaskamn.com. During the parade, the city will provide live updates on the City of Chaska Communications Facebook Page.

The city will also air the Chaska High School virtual graduation program on Comcast channel 14 at 4:00 p.m. on June 5.

Case Count

As of May 31, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed 25,508 cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. There are 222 confirmed cases and two deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Carver County. View the Carver County expanded dashboard.

Think you should get tested for COVID-19? Visit the State of Minnesota’s testing website to learn more about symptoms, testing locations, and frequently asked questions.

Other City Updates  

  • As a part of the #ChaskaCares initiative, the city of Chaska has partnered with the Chaska American Legion Post 57 and the Walter Hecklin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1791 to hold a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony is available on-demand on the Chaska Community Television YouTube channel.
  • In an effort to continue supporting those in need, the City is asking for donations of homemade cloth face coverings or cloth face covering supplies, like cotton fabric or elastic. Donations can be dropped off inside the door to the Chaska Police Department at Chaska City Hall (1 City Hall Plaza).
  • The Chaska Parks and Recreation Department is recreating summer programming. Learn more at the Chaska Community Center website.
  • View an interactive map of restaurants. This map was developed using the comprehensive list put together by Jo Anne Gramith.
  • 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:

  • The Chaska Town Course and Chaska Par 30 are open with new guidelines in place due to COVID-19. More info
  • City parks, trails, and playgrounds are currently open. Check out our interactive trail map and interactive park map to see where you can go.
  • The off-leash dog areas are currently open.
  • 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.

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: 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:  

  • Clayhole Swim Beach at Firemen’s Park
  • Chaska Curling Center 
  • Chaska Event Center  
  • Chaska Community Center 
  • The Lodge at the Community Center
  • The Clayhole Beach at Firemen’s Park  

Local updates and 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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