Free Flu Vaccinations

Month of October

Winona Health will provide free flu vaccinations to our community during the month of October.

Community Flu Clinics Calendar and FAQs

Every year, and even more so in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, health officials advise that everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect everyone you come in contact with.

As Winona Health plans for the fall season and the potential surge in respiratory illnesses, whether influenza, COVID-19, strep throat, or other respiratory-related infectious conditions, the Winona Health Board has determined that for the month of October 2020, Winona Health will provide free flu vaccinations to our community funded by the Winona Health Foundation.

 

Winona County CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program

The Winona County Board of Commissioners has approved emergency financial support through the Winona County CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program that is targeted at qualified businesses and non-profits that are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to Stay at Home Orders.

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce will be the facilitating organization to assist the County in accepting and processing applications, as well as disbursing grant funds. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $10,000 to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to these qualified organizations during this pandemic.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning August 26th and continuing through October 2nd or until funds are depleted. Applications and guidelines can be viewed and submitted on the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce website. You may also print the attached application and bring it to the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce (902 E. 2nd Street, Ste. 120) with all documentation during business hours (M-F, 8 am-4 pm).

Please email info@winonachamber.com with any questions or call the Chamber office at (507)452-2272.

COVID 19 Emergency Assistance for Homeowners and Renters

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) is planning for funding to assist struggling homeowners and renters who have been economically impacted by COVID 19.  Funds can be used to pay:

  • Mortgage Payments
  • Rent Payments
  • HOA Dues
  • Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Contract for Deed Payments
  • Utility Bills
  • Septic System Pumping
  • Lot Rent

The applicant must meet income guidelines and the economic hardship must be due to COVID 19.  Only expenditures incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020 will be eligible for the program.

For more information about the program requirements or to fill out a pre-application, please visit https://www.semmchra.org/covid-19/covid-19-emergency-assistance-for-homeowners-and-renters/ or contact Amy Gusa at 651-565-2638 ext. 222 or agusa@semmchra.org.

Mandatory Mask Order for Minnesota

Effective Saturday, July 25th

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face-covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face-covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

For more information about face coverings and the Executive Order, please see the Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings.

City-Wide Mask Order

Effective Friday, July 10th, at 12:01 am

Mayor Mark Peterson has proclaimed a citywide mask order that takes effect at 12:01 am on Friday, July 10.  The Winona City Council affirmed the order and extended it until Tuesday, September 8th.

The order requires all Winona residents and visitors to wear face coverings indoors in public buildings and anywhere where physical distancing is difficult.

“The single most important action any Winonan can take to prevent the spread of COVID is to wear a mask,” Peterson said. “This is the right thing to do. This order will help keep our businesses open, allow our schools and universities to open this fall, and most importantly protect the health and safety of all Winona residents.”

Answers to several questions about the citywide order can be found at the City of Winona website here. If you have further questions, reach out to Mayor Mark Peterson at mpeterson@ci.winona.mn.us, or city manager Stephen T. Sarvi at 507-457-8234 and ssarvi@ci.winona.mn.us.

Click or tap here to read the full text of the proclamation.

Make a Plan MN

The Minnesota Department of Human Services urges all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short-term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill.

To support families in this process, they’ve developed Make a Plan, Minnesota, which guides families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others.

Developing an emergency plan can help you and your family be prepared for whatever comes your way. It is never too early to develop a plan for your family. It is also a good idea to revisit and update existing plans. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring us to plan in different ways than other emergencies. One important plan to have in place is what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus.

Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 16, 2020.

This program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of $60.3 million is available for grant awards which will be selected through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant Program are now open and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.

For more information and to apply, visit the MN Department of Economic Development.

Curbside Pickup

We are currently offering curbside pickup for item requests! How does it work?

  • Place your request(s) on items in our online catalog.
  • Please note that we are only able to allow 10 item requests per card at this time and that library staff are unable to come to the door to field questions.
  • When the item(s) are ready, you will receive a notification via your chosen form of communication (text/email).
  • You will then need to schedule a pickup time using this online form or by calling the library at 507-452-4582 during our scheduled pickup hours (see below).
  • If you receive notice that you have other items on hold after you schedule your pickup, we will include those in your bag,  You do not need to schedule separate pickups, as long as you had received notice prior to the pickup date and time.
  • Come to the library at your scheduled pickup time.
  • A cart will be outside the main entrance doors of the library (Johnson St.). Take your bag of items.  It will be labeled with your last name and last 4-digits of your library card number. All of your items will be inside, along with a copy of your due date slip. Please note that although your appointment time is specific, we do leave your bag out at least 30 minutes to allow you some flexibility in arrival time.

 

Curbside Pickup and Book Drop-Off Hours:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday-Thursday 12 - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - Noon

Library Reopening Updates

Curbside Pickup

We are offering curbside pickup for item requests! How does it work?

  • Place your request(s) on items in our online catalog.
  • Please note that we are only able to allow 10 item requests per card at this time and that library staff are unable to come to the door to field questions.
  • When the item(s) are ready, you will receive a notification via your chosen form of communication (text/email).
  • You will then need to schedule a pickup time using this online form or by calling the library at 507-452-4582 during our scheduled pickup hours (see below).
  • Come to the library at your scheduled pickup time.
  • A cart will be outside the main entrance doors of the library (Johnson St.). Take your bag of items.  It will be labeled with your last name and last 4-digits of your library card number. All of your items will be inside, along with a copy of your due date slip. Please note that although your appointment time is specific, we do leave your bag out at least 30 minutes to allow you some flexibility in arrival time.

 

Curbside Pickup and Item Return Hours:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday-Thursday 12 - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - Noon

Item Returns

There are bins located outside the library's main entrance doors in which to place your items. The regular bookdrop will not be used during this time. Please note the hours we accept returns listed above.

For the safety of all, please note that items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before we will be able to check them in. No late fines will be charged.

Upcoming Reopening Phases

Upcoming Reopening Phases


Library Closure FAQs

Why is the Winona Public Library closed?

Based on the latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health about mitigating the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Minnesota's Stay Safe MN order, we have made the decision that closing our building is in the best interest of public safety at this time.

How long will the library be closed?

Library administration is working with City officials to reassess the situation and determine when it is best to reopen. Patrons are encouraged to check our website and social media for updates, as well as the City of Winona COVID-19 Community Response page.

When are my items due and will I be charged any late fines?

All items will not be due until after we reopen. We also will not be charging any late fines for any materials until further notice.  Although overdue notices are being sent out, please rest assured we will NOT be charging late fines.

Can I return my items to the library during the closure?

We are accepting returns during scheduled times.  Our bookdrop will be closed but items can be returned in the bins outside our main entrance. Please see the schedule listed above for the dates and times that you can drop off your materials.  No late fines will be charged for items returned until further notice.

Please note that items returned will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in.

Can I apply for a library card?

Yes! We encourage you to fill out our online card application form.  This card will allow you to request materials and download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Can I place requests on materials in the online catalog?

Yes, but with some exceptions.  Materials owned by libraries that are closed may not be requestable at this time.

Are you offering curbside pickup?

We are offering curbside pickup by appointment.  You can find all the details and schedule an appointment on our curbside pickup page.

Is the library's wi-fi still available?

Yes! Coverage extends in front of the library on Johnson Street.  Feel free to park outside the library to access our public wi-fi (password is winonapl).

Is the library still offering any programming?

Yes!  We have switched some of our programs to a virtual setting.  Our monthly book discussion and storytimes are now being offered online via our website, Facebook, or Zoom virtual meetings.  To view the full list, visit our Virtual Programs page.  Please note that any programs that meet via Zoom will require registration via the link on that program's page.

Where can I find updates on the current coronavirus situation and the library?

We have compiled a list of links related to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as links to other area updates on our COVID-19 Information page.  We also are continually posting updates to our website and Facebook pages.