District 1 Updates for northern Ramsey County

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Serving the communities of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township, and parts of Mounds View, Spring Lake Park and Blaine.

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March 17, 2020

Commissioner Nicole Frethem


Nicole Frethem
Commissioner, District 1
651-266-8362 or 651-425-9580

Sheena Denny
Principal Aide                                 651-266-8355                                Email

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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Office Hours suspended during pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with social distancing strategies encouraged by public health, all office hours are postponed for now.

If you have questions or concerns, reach out to Commissioner Frethem directly at 651-425-9580 or via email at nicole.frethem@co.ramsey.mn.us.

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Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

1. Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.

2. For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

3. Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

4. There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

5. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice if you

  • Develop symptoms


  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for more comprehensive information.

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 COVID-19 Discussion at Tuesday, March 17 Board Meeting

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners received an update on the COVID-19 response from our County Manager, Ryan O'Connor, and Public Health Director, Kathy Hedin, at today's board meeting. Commissioners followed the presentation with questions about next steps. The meeting can be viewed online on Ramsey County's website.

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Stay Healthy

You may be concerned about how to protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials recommend taking the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for avoiding colds and the flu:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Stay home when you are sick.


The Minnesota Department of Health has a hotline for questions from the general public about COVID-19. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 651-201-3920.

Questions regarding county policies and the county response to COVID-19 can be sent to Ramsey County's COVID-19 Response Team

For up-to-date information on the outbreak and Saint Paul-Ramsey County's public health response, visit ramseycounty.us/coronavirus.

City and township updates

Your city or town may be changing their hours and procedures to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. To find the most up-to-date information, visit their website:

Comcast announces comprehensive COVID-19 response to help keep Americans connected to the internet

Comcast announced steps to help ensure people stay connected to the internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.

Comcast is implementing the following new policies for the next 60 days:

- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

- Pausing Our Data Plan

- No Disconnects or Late Fees

- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers

- News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex

- 24x7 Network Monitoring

For more information, please visit Comcast's website