COVID-19 Updates

City of St. Joseph Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency
Resolution 2020-09 Extending the Mayor’s Declaration of Local Emergency

The City of St. Joseph restricting access to city hall and other government facilities in response to COVID-19 effective immediately.

In order to provide Continuity of Operations for city services, we must protect both our staff and the public moving forward. We are asking the public, for the purpose of city business, to communicate with city staff via phone (320) 363-7201 and email cityoffices@cityofstjoseph.com. If you need to pay a utility bill, please use the drop off receptacle in front of city hall. The City of St. Joseph is dedicated to protecting the residents of St. Joseph and will continue to monitor this situation.

If you need to contact the St. Joseph Police Department for non-emergencies, please call (320) 363-8250 or email sjpd@cityofstjoseph.com. As always, in case of emergency call 911.

For more information and guidelines to follow in regard to  COVID-19 you may consult the Center For Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.   Information includes actions for home, schools/childcare sites, assisted living facilities, workplaces, healthcare settings, and community and faith-based organizations.  

MN Stay At Home Executive Order: On March 25 MN Governor Walz announced a Stay at Home order effective from Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 10. The Governor is also extending the closure of bars and restaurants until May 1. Below is the order and related links:

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES: Visit our Business Resources page for information and resources available for businesses and employees. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE RESIDENTS OF ST JOSEPH?

COVID-19 HOTLINE:  Stearns and Benton Counties have established a local hotline to answer questions related to COVID-19.  The hotline is staffed by Public Health professionals.  The hotline is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 320-650-6625 or 1-877-782-5683.

GOVERNMENT CENTER LIMITED ACCESS:  It has become necessary to limit access to the Government Center.  If you wish to make a payment, apply for a license/permit, or drop off facility reservation forms, etc., please feel free to deposit those items into the utility payment box located on the College Avenue side of the Government Center, near the garage space.  Please be sure to include your name, address and a contact phone number with each item deposited.  For all other concerns/questions, please feel free to contact our offices by phone at 320.363.7201.  For all non-emergency events/assistance involving the Police Department, please contact their offices at (320) 363-8250.

PARK PAVILIONS AND ST JOSEPH COMMUNITY FIRE HALL:  These facilities are currently closed to all events through April 30, 2020. 

ST. JOSEPH COMMUNITY CENTER:  The gym space and Historical Society are currently closed until further notice. 

MEALS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN:  Visit the following link for a list of restaurants offering free or reduced lunches to students while schools are closed at https://minnesotasnewcountry.com/list-of-central-minnesota-businesses-providing-free-lunch-for-kids.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD RELIEF BAGS:  Food relief bags will be available on Wednesdays,  from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Catholic Charities Emergency Services and their eight mobile sites. https://www.ccstcloud.org/services/emergency/food-shelf

FUTURE CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS will be announced on the City of St. Joseph’s website, the local cable channels and local newspapers.