The pages of this Briefing include stories about what the future has in store for our community. They are stories of transitions, returns and new starts. Just a few weeks ago, we were able to enjoy fireworks and fun at Summer Fete. City offices have reopened. We’ve returned to in-person City Council meetings and restarted facilities and programs that had been dormant for more than a year.
Creekside Community Center had been closed to the public since before mid-March 2020. On July 7, City staff celebrated opening the doors to participants again at a “re-open house” event. Moving forward through the rest of the year, Creekside will have modified hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, closed. The majority of your favorite programs will be back, including arts and crafts, card groups, education, fitness, music and recreation.
Since starting vaccinations in January, Bloomington Public Health has put more than 19,000 shots in the arms of people in our community. That’s a huge number and it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible partnership among Public Health, City staff, colleagues in Edina and Richfield, and members of the Medical Reserve Corps. In February we launched our vaccine clinics at Civic Plaza. In June, we completed the last of 66 clinics there. The team is now operating the clinic out of the Public Health building in addition to a mobile clinic task force that will be out in the community giving vaccinations.
Despite all of the good news, it’s important to remember that many of our neighbors are still dealing with challenges from the pandemic. Children ages 12 and under aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated, and many adults still need vaccinations as well.
If you are eligible, please get vaccinated. If you have questions about the vaccine, contact Bloomington Public Health at 952-563-8900 or talk to your health care provider. We know that for some, the hours or location of clinics is a challenge. Let us know that so we can work with you to get you a vaccine. If you have friends, neighbors, coworkers or loved ones who are not vaccinated, encourage them to get vaccinated. You can find a vaccine near you at vaccines.gov.
For me, all of the issues and challenges of today and tomorrow are somehow made easier by what there is to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead. Being part of community celebrations again—whether it is Summer Fete or the State Fair—is something to be excited about.