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Updates from Saint Paul Emergency Operations Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Reports
March 19, 2020 Situation Report Updates:
- FEMA published Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet, which provides guidance on the types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program in accordance with the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. The City is analyzing the eligible expenses and will account for the reasonable and necessary response costs.
- Saint Paul & Ramsey County, continue to collaborate with Saint Paul Public Schools as they refine their essential worker child-care operation by developing a potential staffing lists to fill shortfalls.
- Saint Paul suspended staffing at all library facilities beginning recreation centers, aquatics facilities, municipal athletics, and Como visitor services March 19, 2020.
- The City synthesized and promulgated updated Human Resources guidelines to adapt to the evolving social distancing guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Saint Paul Regional Water Services began production of bleach solution to provide disinfectant resources to Departments to aid in facility and equipment cleaning.
- Most public-facing service desks across city departments and facilities have been closed to the general public.
- Mayor Carter & key city staff members participated in the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative with Harvard professors Dutch Leonard and Juliette Kayyem and experts from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to collaborate on long-term pandemic issues facing the City.
- Emergency Management is operating under Incident Command Structure as part of a COVID-19 Response Incident Action Plan (IAP) and has bolstered staffing in the Operations & Planning Sections.
- City Departments continue to operationalize their Continuity of Operations Plans and exercising remote work plans to maintain core and essential services while minimizing the spread of coronavirus.
March 17, 2020 Situation Report Updates:
- Effective March 17, Hennepin County is closing all public-facing services at all 41 libraries, human service centers, and licensing service centers through April 6.
- Ramsey County suspended non-emergency walk-up services at all facilities through March 23.
- Metro Transit Operation has suspended all bus and train service between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. beginning March 17.
- The City Council affirmed Mayor Carter’s Declaration of Local Emergency, extending the declaration for 90 days.
- The City of Saint Paul, in collaborating with Ramsey County, stands ready to support the Saint Paul Public School District as they operationalize their distance learning, mobile meals, and prioritized child-care plans.
- Emergency Management is operating under Incident Command Structure as part of a COVID-19 Response Incident Action Plan (IAP) and has increased the partial activation level of the Emergency Operations Center.
- City Departments continue to operationalize their Continuity of Operations Plans and exercising remote work plans to maintain core and essential services.