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Advancing the Prosperity of our Member Businesses and the Vitality of the Area.
Monday, March 16, 2020  

A Message from:

Brad Meier, President/CEO 

Watch Brad's Facebook LIVE message on local updates related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Joining with other community groups to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and following CDC recommendations, the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has decided to cancel our events listed below as preventative action.
All Chamber events through Friday, April 3, 2020 are cancelled including;
Business After Hours- Tuesday March 17th at Spare Time Entertainment
Business Bootcamp- Thursday March 19th at the Owatonna Public Library
Young Professionals Social- Thursday March 19th at Mineral Springs Brewery
SteeleCoWorks Quarterly Employer Meeting-Friday, April 3rd at Riverland Community College
SteeleCoWorks Spring Job Fair - Wednesday, April 22nd at Owatona High School
We will reevaluate any future Chamber events after April 3rd but at this time these are the only events to be cancelled. 
We have started a local resource page for businesses at  https://owatonna.org/covid-19-resources/.  

Weekly Updates

by Brad Meier, President/CEO
Dr. Brian Bunkers, MD, President/CEO of Mayo Health System - Owatonna and Faribault has provided a couple of updates:
  1. The Mayo Clinic drive up testing site went live at 10 am this morning so they now have capacity to do testing on a much broader scale locally. Location is at the north clinic parking lot where our staff park.  Patients cannot self-refer to be tested, they have to go through the phone triage line first.  
  2. To get tested, patients MUST call the clinic number where those with COVID19 concerns will be routed to an internal nurse triage line.  From there, it will be determined if testing is needfed and they will be instructed on where to go for testing.
  3. We are now requiring scheduled appointments for all patient care activities on campus.
  4. Visitor restrictions have went into place today as well in an effort to limit risk and spread.
  5. Mayo is in the process of cancelling elective surgeries for the time being.
  6. Mayo is working closely with our school district partners to correctly identify health care workers who live in our community and will need to use school based child care during the school shut down.
  • Our local Groceries report no issues getting delivery of any food or supply items except hand sanitizer!
  • Governor Walz recent closing of K-12 schools in Minnesota, his executive order DOES NOT include closure of Center-base or/and Family-based Childcare programs at this time.  Direction will come from the Minnesota Department of Health or State Licensing.  
Owatonna Public Schools news article dated Sunday, March 15, 2020.  
Be aware of SCAMS and get your information from reliable sources.  Minnesota Attorney General website.  

Shared Work Option

Shared Work is offered by the MN Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program to help employees avoid a layoff.  Click here for program details. Questions? 
In addition, small businesses will be hit hard.  Here is a link to the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster relief assistance and disaster loans.  


Chamber gift certificates are a great way to support local business!  They’re good at any of our 530 members.  We are open and ready to process your Chamber Dollar requests.  You can email oacct@owatonna.org to request dollars and we will have them ready for you.  Our hours are M – F; 8 am – 5 pm. 
Another great way to support local business is to purchase gift cards directly from local businesses providing revenue and giving you an option to shop there now or in the future.  
Many members are implementing precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by formulating and developing food delivery service.

Handwashing Reminders Available!

As of Tuesday, SignPro is producing a number of decals and small signs with handwashing reminders free to any chamber member. Feel free to stop at SignPro, 3275 Highway 14 West, Owatonna to pick them up!
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