A message from Mayor Tim Busse
March 18, 2020
As we’ve been hearing and reading in recent days, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. With several cases confirmed in Hennepin County, I wanted to reach out and let you know what we’ve been doing at the City of Bloomington to protect the health and safety of our community.
We are implementing community measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
What the City is doing
- We're continuing to work with partner agencies such as Bloomington Public Schools, Hennepin County and the MDH, to closely monitor COVID-19 as the situation develops.
- We're following our internal emergency plan. City staff are reallocating resources as necessary to maintain essential services.
- We're cancelling events and/or closing facilities as necessary based on guidelines from MDH. See the cancellations and closures section below.
What we ask of you
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough
- Wash your hands
- Practice social distancing
- Take care of your emotional health
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider. Most cases are mild.
Follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on when to seek care.
If you have symptoms and can manage those symptoms at home, you don't have to seek health care or be tested for COVID-19. Just stay home while you are sick. If you are older or have underlying medical conditions, it may be helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick.
Cancellations and closures
Cancellations and closures are changing by the hour. Visit blm.mn/covid-info for an up-to-date list of cancelled events and closures. This page will continue to be updated.
State of the Community: A COVID-19 Update with Bloomington’s Community Partners
This year’s State of the City events were cancelled, but Mayor Busse and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge will still address the community virtually. They’ll discuss the current state of things surrounding COVID-19 Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live and BTV.
We appreciate your understanding and all that you’re doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Focus on the steps you can take to keep yourself, your loved ones and the community healthy. Stay home if you can. Limit unnecessary outings. Balance your intake of news and information about COVID-19 with the goal of being informed, but not overexposed.
We’ll keep you up to date as the situation changes in the days and weeks to come. This may feel like an uncertain time. But one thing I know for certain is that when we stick together and do what’s best for ourselves and our neighbors, we put Bloomington in the best possible position to manage this pandemic.
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health's website at blm.mn/coronavirus.