Pursuant to the authorization provided at the March 17, 2020 meeting of the Big Stone County Board of Commissioners, Board Chair Wade Athey has announced that effective at 4:30 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020, Big Stone County facilities will be closed to the public. This action is being taken as an appropriate prevention and protection measure in response to the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the current public health emergency, current recommendations from Countryside Public Health (CPH), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are all recommending social distancing and limited interaction with other individuals. In closing to the public, we can comply with these measures and work to keep our staff healthy to continue to serve the public in the coming days.
Until further notice, access to all county buildings will be restricted to staff only. Members of the public will be met in person by appointment only, where deemed necessary. In accordance with an Eighth Judicial District court order, courtroom access will be limited to the parties in the case who are participating in a court hearing, attorneys who represents those parties, any necessary court staff, and other individuals the presiding judge determines are necessary to conduct the hearing. Representatives of the media are permitted to attend hearings held in courtrooms, coordinated through the Judicial Branch Court Information Office at least 24 hours before the time of the hearing. All questions relating to the Court system can be made by calling Court Administration at 320.839.2536.
We encourage citizens to access services in the following order: First, Online/Phone/Email; Second, use of a drop box (at Family Services or at the north entrance of the courthouse); Third and last, exchange of documents at door if necessary.
All conference rooms and meeting rooms will be reserved for emergency operations only.
County Departments will continue to operate and provide services during this time. All citizens should access department pages on this website, for further information regarding ways to access departments for needed business. Please call or email if you are struggling to find ways to access services.
Big Stone County is taking this action to support Federal and State orders and guidance to practice social distancing and ultimately protect our families and communities.
For information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) click on the link below:
Big Stone County Minnesota - Public Meeting 3-23-2020 - Emergency Declaration
CISA Guide on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Cleaning and Storing your Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
DPS Commissioner Harrington explaining “Stay at Home"
Facemasks: Interim Guidance on Alternative Facemasks
Facemasks: Interim Guidance on Facemasks as a Source Control Measure
Minnesota Executive Orders (COVID Orders starting from 20-01 and up)
Minnesota Critical Businesses List
Prairie Five Information
https://mn.gov/deed/ - (MN Department of Employment and Economic Development)(Resource for unemployment, jobs, and business information)
https://mn.gov/dhs/ - (MN Department of Health and Human Services) (Resource for various forms of assistance)
https://www.countrysidepublichealth.org/ - (Countryside Public Health) (Local Public Health Resource)
https://www.ortonville.k12.mn.us/ - (Ortonville Public School)
http://www.graceville.k12.mn.us/ - (Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley School)
https://oahs.us/ - (Ortonville Area Health Services)
https://www.essentiahealth.org/find-facility/profile/essentia-health-holy-trinity-hospital-graceville/ - (Essentia Hospital – Graceville)
Security Tips - Exploiting the Coronavirus: Watch out for These Scams!
Look out! The bad guys are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams related to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:
- Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
- Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
- Emails that claim to have a "new" or "updated" list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.
Keep in mind, these are only a few examples and these scam artists are constantly coming up with new ways to fool you.
What Can I Do?
Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:
- Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
- If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or CDC, report the email to the official organization through their website.
- If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.