Emergency:COVID-19 latest news: All St. Louis County buildings are closed to the public through April 10, in compliance with the Governor's executive order.  Details here

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COVID-19

All the latest news on COVID-19:

All St. Louis County buildings are closed to the public through April 10, consistent with the Governor's executive order.

Citizens can continue to access county services by phone, email and online. Additionally, secure drop boxes have been placed outside the main entrance of each county building for customers to leave paperwork and payments for any transactions. Receipts and final documents from the county will be sent via mail.


St. Louis County Courthouses in Duluth, Hibbing and Virginia: closed to the public. The Courts continue to hold certain hearings as needed, but participants in those hearings will be provided instructions by the court on how to access the court house. 

The St. Louis County Recorder's Office will offer limited drive-up services from its office at the Courthouse in Duluth beginning Monday, March 30. Visit the Public Recorder's page for further information.

Government Services Centers in Duluth, Virginia and Ely, and the Hibbing Annex building: closed to the public. 

The Auditor's Service Center at the Mall closed to the public, but has a secure drop box for people to leave any paperwork and payments. For transactions involving license tabs and DNR license purchases, those items will be mailed to the individual after payment is processed.  

All Public Works facilities closed to the public.

The AP Cook building in Duluth closed to the public.

The Public Safety Building in Duluth closed to the public.

Environmental Services facilities, including the landfill, transfer stations and solid waste drop off sites remain open at this time. The Household Hazardous Waste drop off sites are closed until further notice. Citizens are asked to hold on to any household hazardous waste, until the sites re-open, to ensure safe and proper disposal. 

 

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

COVID-19, also known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus that the World Health Organization has now declared Coronavirus a pandemic.

The first Covid-19 case in the United States was confirmed in January, and the first case in Minnesota was confirmed March 6. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides a daily situation update

The first presumptive case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County was announced March 21.

What is St. Louis County’s role in this?

Like health officials around the world, St. Louis County Public Health continues to closely monitor the situation and review information as it comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We are also maintaining close communications with cities/townships, school districts, the medical community, and community service providers.

 

Our role is to help educate people by providing accurate information about the risk, signs or symptoms to watch for, and how best to protect yourself and your family.  Additionally, we are working with our Emergency Management team on preparations to best serve citizens in the event of a large scale outbreak in St. Louis County.

 

How is COVID-19 affecting county services?

Citizens can continue to access county services by phone, email and online. Additionally, secure drop boxes have been placed outside the main entrance of each county building for customers to leave paperwork and payments for any transactions. Receipts and final documents from the county will be sent via mail.


 

Notice:  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related temporary closure of county offices, County Board Chair Michael Jugovich and County Auditor Nancy Nilsen have authorized the County Attorney’s Office to accept service of process on the county by email in new civil cases in state and federal court. Please direct any such process to civillitigationservice@stlouiscountymn.gov. Your email will be acknowledged by a County Attorney’s Office staff member.

Service of process on the county by email is only authorized as long as county offices are closed and this notice is present on the county’s website. Thereafter, process must be served in accordance with the requirements in Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.03(e)(1) or Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(j)(2), as appropriate.


 

Instructions to remotely apply for and/or maintain Financial Assistance benefits

 

 

Visiting hours at the St. Louis County Jail have been suspended until further notice.

The St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (The St. Louis County Depot) is closed, consistent with the Governor's directive. 

All county departments have established contingency plans to ensure we continue to provide essential services during these uncertain times.

What can I do to keep myself or my family safe?

  • If you’re sick, stay home
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue or elbow
  • Avoid touching face and mouth
  • Practice social distancing
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often using a regular household detergent and water. This includes countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.
  • Additional recommendations from MDH.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For clinical questions about the COVID-19 virus, such as identifying symptoms or whether testing is needed:

Essentia Health 1-833-494-0836

St. Luke's 218-249-4200

For non-clinical questions, such as preventative steps to take or anything travel-related:

St. Louis County Public Health COVID-19 information phone line: 218-625-3600. Our Public Health team will answer and return calls Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health hotline: 

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903