As the number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rises in the United States, we at the Morrison County Historical Society are actively monitoring the news in order to determine how best to manage the risks to our visitors, volunteers, and staff in relation to the disease.
The sources we are monitoring include the COVID-19 pages on the following websites:
Because people have tested positive for COVID-19 in 43 states, with 9 in Minnesota, as of this writing (March 12, 2020, 2:45 p.m.), the primary goal of disease-prevention measures (proper hand washing, avoiding touching your face, disinfecting surfaces, social distancing by avoiding crowded places and staying home from work if sick), is to slow and limit the spread of the disease.
According to the World Health Organization:
“Every effort to contain the virus and slow the spread saves lives. These efforts give health systems and all of society much needed time to prepare, and researchers more time to identify effective treatments and develop vaccines. ”
With this in mind, we at MCHS are making plans in case we need to close The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum to the public. As this is a rapidly developing situation, such a closing may come with very little warning, so we wanted you to be aware of the possibility and plan accordingly.
If the museum does close due to COVID-19, staff will make every effort to regularly check phone messages and email. You can call us at 320-632-4007 or email mocohistory (at) gmail (dot) com.
Watch our website and Twitter feed for updates.
Let’s do our best to slow the spread of this pandemic.
Be well, friends.