Windom Area Health reacts to COVID-19 threat

WINDOM — Windom Area Health is making several changes in operations this week in reaction to the COVID-19 threat:

* Effective at 8 a.m. March 19, in-patient visitors and visitors that accompany outpatients will be limited. One adult immediate family member, or designated caregiver, will be allowed per day for inpatients. This individual can visit up to two times per day. This may be a different family member/caregiver each day.

* Also effective at 8 a.m. March 19, the cafeteria will be closed to the public. Food preparation will be for patients and staff only.

* Entry points to the main entrance will be limited. Logistics and timing of this change are still being worked on. A screening process will also be implemented at that time. Additional information will be communicated when that change occurs via press release and social media.

* Effective immediately, the Windom Area Health Wellness Center will be closed and all related classes canceled through March 27 .

* Events through the next month at least are canceled. These include the Healthy Together class, Student/Parent Tours and Easter Eggstravaganza. Childbirth classes will continue as scheduled.

The hospital has a committee that is working daily to keep updated on the COVID-19 situation. The changes outlined are both for the protection of the community and our employees. In addition, employees are limiting meetings, avoiding travel and working from home when able.

“Although we understand the disappointment some of these changes create, we are committed to ensuring our responsible part in keeping our community safe and healthy,” Windom Area Health CEO Shelby Medina, Chief Executive Officer said.

Jackson County announces office restrictions

JACKSON — Beginning at 1 p.m. today (March 17), Jackson County offices will not be able to be physically accessed by the public and until further notice.

The decision was made by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting as an appropriate prevention and protection measures in response to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic. This was done in consultation with County and Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services Public Health staff input.

In taking these measures, Jackson County is following guidance for social distancing strategies recommended by both the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) in addition to the Governor of Minnesota and the Commissioner of Health, while also trying to continue to serve the public. While county offices will not able to be accessed by the public, normal county services and operations will continue to be provided to the community as deemed necessary through both phone, email or special appointment.

Jackson County asks that individuals contact offices via these means to conduct business or to set up an appointment. People will NOT be able to access service on a walk-in basis. A listing of department contacts can be found on the county webpage ( ). In addition, signage is placed at main entrances to county buildings that highlight office contact information.

Memorial Auditorium suspends events

WORTHINGTON — Public events at Memorial Auditorium have been suspended through Sunday, March 29, after which time there will be a re-evaluation.

The Fabulous Armadillos “What’s Going On” concert has been rescheduled to May 30. Current ticket holders have the option of keeping their reserved seats. If unable to attend on May 30, there are three options available: a refund may be issued, a voucher for a future Friends of the Auditorium show may be obtained or the ticket value may be donated back to the Friends of the Auditorium.

Ticket holders should email or, if unable to email, contact the box office at 376-9101. People may also watch the auditorium's website and Facebook page for updates.

Sibley's library to close today

SIBLEY, Iowa — The Sibley Public Library will close at 5 p.m. due to COVID-19 concerrns.

The library will be closed indefinitely.

Murray County Museum announces closures

SLAYTON — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Murray County Museum is making the following changes in operations:

1. The Murray County Museum, End O Line Park, and the Dinehart Holt House will be closed to

public use starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday until further notice.

2. All planned events will be cancelled until further notice. This includes public speaking

engagements, the Brownie Bake-Off, the 1920s Speak-Easy Dance, and the April Lunchbox

lecture with Arn Kind. Events may be rescheduled at a later date as safety permits.

3. Staff will still be at worksites completing non-public interfacing projects.

4. Staff will work to do a complete surface cleaning of all non-porous surfaces during the first week of closure.

5. There will be no weekend staffing provided unless projects require it.

6. Researchers will be asked to send their research requests via phone or e-mail for staff to


7. Donors of artifacts will be asked to postpone their donation visits until they can safely do so

without risk.

8. All ACE volunteers and community volunteers (including Historical Society Board Members) will be asked to stay away until it is deemed safe to come back.

9. Messaging will be done through Facebook pages and Museum and End O Line Webpages, as well as by E-newsletter and local radio.

For more information, contact the museum staff at, or (507) 836-6533.

Chamber lists member restaurant/bar hours

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of Chamber-member restaurants and bars and what their current plans are regarding operations during the COVID-10 pandemic,

The Chamber encourages individuals to still support these businesses as they try to remain open and continue to serve the community:

Duffer’s: Carry out service only 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elks Lodge Worthington: Closed until further notice. Eagles: Closed until further notice. Fareway: 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday for ages 65 and older, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the general public. Forbidden Barrel: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday growler fill 64 oz. Check its Facebook page for more updates. Ground Round: Closed until further notice. Hickory Lodge Bar and Grill: Carry-out only from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; orders can be placed online at until further notice. Hi-Lo: Carry-out only 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (restricted menu on Sundays.). Hy-Vee: Kitchen will be carry-out only. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice. Jimmy John’s: To-go orders and delivery only. McDonald’s – Drive-thru only. Mini Market/Lupitas Restaurant: Take-out orders only; if unable to leave home call 343-2267 to ask about delivery. Panaderia Mi Tierra Bakery: Carry-out only. Perkins: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to-go orders only through 5 p.m. March 27. Phileo’s Coffee and Eatery: Carry-out only. Pizza Ranch: Call for details. Round Lake Vineyards and Winery: No food service available at this time. Regular hours for wine purchase only. Subway: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., five customers in the store at time for carry-out only. The Tap: Closed until further notice. Worthington Liquor Store: Regular store hours.