March 20 statement from Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko regarding response to COVID-19

WINSTED, MN – Dear Winsted Community,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread around the globe, and efforts to slow its transmission and minimize its damage has caused significant impacts. Measures to slow its spread have disrupted residents’ ability to work, go to school, participate in activities and interact with friends.

These critical steps to maintain distance from one another are uncomfortable, but experts at the state and national levels have determined that they are our best means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and preventing our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to working together as a city, and we assure you that your city leadership is committed to doing everything in their power to maintain the health and safety of residents and to provide essential services to the Winsted community.

A COVID-19 Response Team, comprised of Police Chief, Justin Heldt, Fire Chief, Troy Scherping, City Administrator, Adam Birkholz and Mayor, Steve Stotko, have been meeting regularly to review the situation and respond in coordination with county, state and federal agencies. At this point, the city will continue to operate and provide essential services to the Winsted community; however, some non-essential services could be modified or suspended in the future. The City will provide updates, should there be any changes.

City meetings that are considered essential will continue to be held, and those that are not will be postponed or canceled. Seating adjustments have already been made in the Council Chambers so that members of the public who attend meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and other governing bodies can maintain a minimum six-foot separation. If you are unable to attend a City meeting due to illness or if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please submit your public comments in advance to the City Administrator, Adam Birkholz via telephone at (320) 485-2366 or via e-mail at Adam.Birkholz@winsted.mn.us.

Again, we thank everyone for taking this matter seriously and being part of the effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Please stay safe and healthy, and most of all don’t panic. This is a dynamic situation, and City staff will continue to keep residents informed.

Steve Stotko Mayor

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