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City of Cloquet update on COVID-19

Brandon Weathers
Updated: March 30, 2020 10:53 PM

Carlton County has no confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday, but Cloquet health officials echo the message that we must assume the virus is here.

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In a press conference with Carlton County and Cloquet City officials Monday, Dr. Charles Kendall of Community Memorial Hospital shared concerns about what would happen if Community Memorial saw the surge of patients other hospitals around the country have seen. His hope is to slow that surge, Dr. Kendall said the Cloquet Community needs to take the stay-at-home order seriously.

"The places that have gotten this virus under control have been doing two things: They've been testing a lot, and then they have been shutting down their communities, their people, having people stay home. Unfortunately, in this country, we can't test like we'd like to and really need to. We just don't have the tests. So we're left with sheltering in place," Dr. Kendall said.

The City of Cloquet is continuing operations with several temporary service measures.

Beginning Monday, many city employees made the move to working remote. They can still be reached through email and over the phone. City Council meetings are moving to video conferences. The public can participate online.

The city will continue to take utility payments, but disconnections and penalties will be suspended during the pandemic. City maintenance staff will continue responding to emergency situations such as snow removal, sewer backups, and water leaks.

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services said they continue to offer mental and behavioral health resources.

Cloquet Public Schools will make the move to distance learning Tuesday. They ask that any parent of a child without access to email or internet contact the school. The district will continue to offer grab and go lunches for students.

A common message from officials Monday was the appreciation for community members who have donated time and supplies. Carlton County is compiling a list of ways people can help during the pandemic, such as donating blood or checking in on an elderly neighbor.

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