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City closes offices again -updated

Estherville UMC also closes for two weeks

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Sep 20, 2020

The city of Estherville issued a news release Friday that its administrative offices and utility office will be closed beginning today, Monday, Sept. 21. The release stated, “This is in keeping with Governor Kim Reynolds’ State of Public Health Disaster Emergency which went into effect on March 17 and requires social distancing in order to slow the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).”

The city did not state whether a city employee or official had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The city requested the general public conduct city business via phone or email, and until further notice utility customers pay their bills online, over the phone with a credit card, or place a check or money order payment in the drop box on the south side of the building.

As cases of COVID-19 in Emmet County reach 252 (with 204 recovered) since the first case reported May 13, Estherville United Methodist Church was notified of a positive COVID-19 case in a staff member, causing the church to shut down beginning Saturday for cleaning and sanitizing for two weeks. The church had returned to in-person worship with social distancing, masks and hand sanitizer.

Pastor Kevin Moore said he would be back in the church starting Wednesday, Sept. 30.

“We’ll give you updates as we have them. Just be safe at home, and blessings on your day,” Pastor Moore said.

Ten Emmet County residents are reported to have lost their lives to COVID-19. To date, 3,673 residents have tested for the virus. The percent of positive cases in Emmet County, averaged over the past 14 days, is 8.4 percent.