COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
***Ramsey County COVID-19 Resources and Assistance (PDF) in multiple languages format.
The CDC Now Recommends Vaccinated People Wear Masks Indoors in Some Localities
July 27, 2021—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a change in its guidelines regarding people vaccinated against COVID-19, urging those living in areas where the Delta variant of the disease is spiking to wear a mask indoors. The CDC also recommends masks when indoors for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
The new guidance comes on the heels of recent mask mandates for Los Angeles, California; St. Louis, Missouri; and Provincetown, Massachusetts—all of which have seen alarming increases recently in COVID cases and hospitalizations. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), over 550 cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota can be traced back to the Fourth of July weekend outbreak in Provincetown. MDH is asking anyone who has spent time in Provincetown since July 3 to get tested for COVID-19.
The CDC provides a color-coded COVID transmission tracker on their website to help people determine risk level based on their locality at covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
If you live with unvaccinated people (including children) or with people 65 and older or anyone else especially susceptible to the virus, wearing a mask could reduce your risk of developing a rare breakthrough infection and passing it on to them.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 (the B.1.617.2 strain of the disease) was first identified in India last October, and it is now present in every state in the United States. This mutation is more transmissible than other variants, and based on hospitalization rates so far, it also seems more deadly. People unvaccinated against COVID-19 are most susceptible and at risk to contract the Delta variant of COVID. This includes children and younger adults who are not yet able to receive the vaccination. Scientists are not yet sure how the Delta variant will effect breakthrough cases of COVID in those already fully vaccinated. Pfizer announced it will be seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a booster dose of the vaccine this August.
Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe complications and hospitalizations resulting from the Delta variant. The CDC reports unvaccinated people account for more than 97% of those entering American hospitals with severe COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Minnesota's Mask Mandate Ends—Those Unvaccinated Should Continue to Wear Masks
May 15, 2021—Governor Walz has signed an executive order ending the masking mandate for the state of Minnesota, following the CDC guidance recommending fully vaccinated people can safely stop wearing masks indoors and outdoors except when using public transportation, and in hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. The caveat for the removal of the mask mandate is that Minnesotans who want to go maskless must be vaccinated; those who are not vaccinated, or are waiting for full immunity to kick in two weeks after their second shot, should still wear masks in public.
Individual municipalities and businesses may establish their own rules for requiring masks. The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are still requiring masks in public, for the time being. Many schools are keeping mask and social distancing requirements in place through the remainder of the school year. This means people should pay close attention to signage on buildings and businesses they plan to enter as to whether or not a mask will be required for entry.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, roughly 60% of Minnesotans 16 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of that group, 51% (2,229,027 people) are fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.
Three-Phase Plan to End COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota Begins May 7
May 6, 2021—Governor Walz announced this afternoon that all statewide COVID-19 restrictions will end on July 1, 2021 at the latest, or when the state reaches a vaccination rate of 70% of Minnesotans 16 years of age and older, whichever comes first.
The three-phase plan aims to ease the state out of pandemic restrictions.
Phase 1: Starting Friday, May 7 at noon, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues will no longer face outdoor dining capacity limits or closing time restrictions. Outdoor masking will no longer be required except for group events exceeding 500 persons.
Phase 2: Staring Friday, May 28, capacity limits end for indoor dining. Face coverings will still be required for events of 500 people or more (whether indoors or out). Businesses will be asked to maintain a plan for keeping their employees and customers safe, as they have been required to do since the beginning of the pandemic.
Phase 3: By Thursday, July 1, the statewide mask mandate will cease. This deadline could be moved up once 70% of Minnesotans ages 16 and older—which is 3,087,404 people—receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Local jurisdictions would remain able to set their own masking polices.
Individual businesses and institutions will be able to continue restrictions as they see fit, and the Safe Learning Plan for schools will continue through the remaining school year since those younger than 16 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccination.
The announcement comes as new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 trend downward in the state.
Governor Walz Dials Back Many COVID Restrictions
March 12, 2021—Governor Walz announced today that the state is scaling back many COVID-19 restrictions. Beginning at noon on Monday, March 15, bars and restaurants can operate at 75% of their indoor capacity, and social gatherings may increase to 15 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors. Public mask-wearing and social distancing requirements will remain in place.
Starting April 1, indoor events such as concerts for up to 3,000 seated people and up to 1,500 unseated people will be allowed.
Although the state’s work-from-home requirement for applicable businesses will be lifted April 15, employers will be encouraged to allow workers to continue the practice if they so desire.
This most recent rollback of restrictions comes amid a positivity rate of COVID-19 that has remained below 5% every day since Jan. 17. To date, more than 20% of Minnesotans have received a COVID-19 vaccine, which includes more than 70% of seniors. Governor Walz stressed that preventative measure such as wearing masks in public, social distancing, and hand washing will need to continue for Minnesota to stay on a positive trend in the fight against the pandemic. On Wednesday, the state reported its first known case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351, first found in South Africa, and at least at least 29 cases involving the B.1.1.7 variant has been linked to a COVID-19 outbreak centered on organized sports in Carver County.
Students Returning to School and Their Families Should Be Tested for COVID-19 Every Two Weeks until End of School Year
February 24, 2021—Health officials are asking Minnesotans with children in school to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until the end of the school year. The recommendation applies to all youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities. While it is not a requirement, health officials say regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.
In addition to students and their families, health workers, teachers, child care providers, and people who participate in youth extracurricular activities are encouraged to routinely be tested.
Parents are encouraged to use at-home saliva tests, community-based screening sites, and their health care providers to access tests. State officials say testing options will be expanded in schools and other settings to help more people get tested more easily. To date, Minnesota has screened more than 7.2 million samples from 3.4 million people for COVID-19.
COVID-19-Related Restrictions Will Change for Businesses Effective February 13 at Noon
February 12, 2021—Governor Walz is changing the mandates currently in place on select businesses effective February 13th at noon. Executive Order 21-07 includes the below updates:
- Increasing the ‘not to exceed’ capacity in restaurants to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 50 percent.
- Increasing indoor entertainment ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 250, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25 percent.
- Increasing private events and celebrations ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 50, while leaving the maximum capacity at 25.
- Increasing gym and pool ‘not to exceed’ capacity to 250, while leaving maximum capacity at 25 percent, and reducing distancing requirement to 6 feet.
- Allowing restaurants to stay open until 11 p.m.
Adjusted COVID-19 Restrictions for Minnesotans Begin January 11
Wednesday, January 6—Governor Tim Walz announced this afternoon that beginning next week, Minnesota’s restaurants and bars will be allowed to resume indoor service, swimming pools and fitness centers can increase their capacity, and gatherings such as wedding receptions and private parties will be permissible—as long as establishments maintain COVID-19 safety protocols.
Free COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Released by the State
November 23, 2020—Governor Tim Walz announced a new tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference on Monday, November 23—a Bluetooth-enabled mobile app called COVIDaware MN. The COVIDaware MN app seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 by notifying more Minnesotans—more rapidly—of possible exposures to COVID-19, so they can take action to protect their communities.
Minnesota is the 17th state to formally launch an exposure notification app, which has proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in other states.
The app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19; and if you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location.
How it works
When you choose to use the completely voluntary COVIDaware MN app, it will anonymously notify you when you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you opt in to the notification system, the app creates anonymous keys unique to your phone that change every 10 to 20 minutes.
The app—without collecting, sharing, or using any identifiable information or location data—uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to exchange privacy-protected keys between you and other users that you come into contact with. The app then cross-references the keys exchanged with your device with a list of the anonymous keys that reported a positive COVID-19 test.
If there is a match, the app notifies you of the possible exposure and provides instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health about what you should do to keep yourself and people around you safe.
Privacy and availability
The app is opt-in only, and you must explicitly choose to download the app and turn on notifications, which you can also turn off at any time. The system does not collect any device location data or user identity information. Users make the decision to anonymously report a positive diagnosis to the app.
The app uses technology developed by Google and Apple, and those companies will disable the exposure notification system on a regional basis when it is no longer needed. The free app is available for download from the iPhone App Store and the Android Google Play Store.
For more information about how the app works, visit covidawaremn.com.
Face Coverings Required in Public
On July 22, 2020 Governor Walz signed an executive order that requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering (mask) in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as other settings. If you have concerns about a violation of the Governor’s order at a local business, please review the guidance referenced under Enforcement and Where to Report Concerns with Compliance or Ask Questions for both residents and businesses. See Minnesota Department of Health FAQ web page for additional information.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Community testing sites/events are offered by Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health in partnership with local community organizations to provide safe and free COVID-19 testing. More information can be found on the County's Website.
The state's saliva testing program has been expanded to include a location in Brooklyn Park beginning October 20. The sites offer free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested, as part of the state’s strategy to provide easy access to quick, reliable testing. For more info, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/saliva.html
City Hall Closed; Services Continue
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community members, staff and their families, the City of Arden Hills has closed City Hall and its facilities to the general public. A Local Emergency has been declared for the City of Arden Hills.
City Will Not Offer Fall Parks and Recreations Programs
The City of Arden Hills will not be offering fall recreation programs due to COVID-19. City parks, trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, nature areas, and sport courts remain open and available for use. City staff is exploring options to resume winter recreation programs in January 2021. For a list of alternative activites, click here.
City Council, Committee and Commission Meetings
Notice: Effective April 10, 2020 City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled, but meetings will be held virtually. View the news announcement to learn about how residents can participate.
Based on the March 20, 2020 letter of determination signed by Mayor David Grant, City Councilmembers can attend meetings by telephone or other electronic means. Other Committees and Commissions will be held on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the website for updated scheduling.
Non-Essential Meetings, Events, Programs Cancelled
All non-essential meetings, events and recreation programs are cancelled until further notice.
Services Continue; Contact City Staff
City services will continue without interruption, but new procedures are in place for obtaining building permits and inspections, accessing Parks and Recreation programs and use of city parks, recycling and yard waste and more. See City Services and Department Updates.
Staff will be available by phone or e-mail during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need assistance, please call 651-792-7800, or access the staff directory. For sewer and water problems after hours, call 651-767-0640.
Payments, correspondence, permit applications, and more can be submitted online or left outside City Hall in marked bins. The US Mail bin is used by the mail carrier. Use the locked drop box for utility bill payments (checked daily by staff). There is a larger bin to drop off plan sets for permits.
Council Approves Temporary Flexibility for Businesses
On May 26, 2020 the Arden Hills City Council approved Resolution 2020-024 providing for temporary flexibility within the City Code for businesses to continue operations consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders. The resolution was adopted in response to Phase II of Governor Tim Walz’s Stay Safe MN plan announced Wednesday, May 20 and is designed to further aid in the support and recovery of local businesses. Any temporary flexibility requested by local businesses must be reviewed and approved by City Staff, for further information or to request an application please contact City Staff at (651) 792-7800.
Sign up for Alerts
To receive COVID-19 email or text updates from the city, visit Notify Me and then scroll the Alert Center and City News to sign up for the latest announcements.
Arden Hills City Hall (Please note we are not the MN Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Their phone number is 651-201-7900)
Email City Hall
Access Staff Directory
Arden Hills Public Works
City Water and Sewer Problems (during non-business hours)