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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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With Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) coming up this weekend, families may take this opportunity to travel. Wherever you go, please remember to follow public health guidelines to stay healthy and safe.

  • Gather in small groups—10 indoors, 25 outdoors at home
  • Avoid high-risk situations
  • Physically distance
  • Wear face coverings
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Stay home if you have any symptoms
  • Seek a test and stay home until you receive results

Case Count (Updated October 14)

  • Cases in Chaska: 528
  • Cases in Carver County: 1,621
  • Cases in Minnesota: 115,943
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) School Data (9/13 to 9/26): 15.9

More detailed information on cases in the County can be viewed on the Carver County expanded dashboard.

More detailed information on cases in the State can be viewed on the State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard.

Think you should get tested for COVID-19? Visit the Carver County’s testing website to learn more about when to get tested, where you can get tested, and what the types and costs of the tests are.

City Updates  

  • To support those in need, the City is accepting 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 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 is open with new guidelines in place due to COVID-19. More info
  • City parks, trails, and playgrounds: 
    • 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.
    • Park restrooms are open. The bathrooms are sanitized daily.
  • The off-leash dog areas
  • Chaska Event Center
  • Chaska Curling Center
  • Chaska Community Center
    • Open to members only
    • Members need to reserve a time slot on an online reservation system.
    • View the Reopening Plan for more info.

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:  

  • The Lodge at the Community Center
  • Chaska Par 30 (closed for renovations)
  • Clayhole Swim Beach at Firemen's Park (closed for the season)

Local 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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