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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Changes in county services under COVID-19

Washington County is modifying services with the direction that Gov. Tim Walz has provided under "Stay Safe MN."

License and service centers: Washington County license and service centers are providing services by appointment only. See the services available by appointment and make an appointment. Drop off and mail in services are available for many transactions not requiring face-to-face interaction. Call 651-275-7000 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with questions.

WIC Clinics: Washington County WIC clinics are closed to in-person visits. WIC services are still available over the telephone. If you have an upcoming appointment, staff will call you at your scheduled appointment time. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call 651-430-6658.

See the COVID-19 website for more resources on food programs and assistance.

Library: Washington County Library is offering modified services while buildings are closed to the public. Services include:

Curbside pickup for library materials;

Computers by appointment for internet and printing services;

Virtual storytimes and early literacy content for children and families; and

Resource pages for caregivers, teens, and adults.

Library staff are available by phone, email, or chat to answer questions and help access library resources. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a library card online.

Parks: Parks staff do have recommendations for activities in the county’s parks. Changes in parks activities include:

  • county swim beaches opening at Square Lake Park, Point Douglas Park, and Big Marine Park Reserve be delayed until June 15;
  • the Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve Swim Pond be closed for the 2020 season;
  • rentals for parks pavilions, shelters, group campsites, and the Historic Courthouse will be cancelled through June 15; and

Environmental Center: The Environmental Center is now open. New drop-off procedures have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers. These new procedures will result in longer wait times. Thank you for your patience. 

Medication Drop-off: With Washington County buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the drug drop boxes are not accessible to residents. Options for disposal during this time are listed on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website, which is searchable by location, and lists all drug drops that are public and private in the state.

Some privately run drug stores and other sites also are available for drug drop.

Food Scraps (Organics) Drop-off: Food Scraps drop-off at the Environmental Center and Northern Yard Waste Site is now self-serve during normal operating hours. Please stay at least 6 feet away from other customers during drop-off. Replacement bags are provided. To ensure there are enough bags for everyone, please only take the number of bags you drop off. See the website for details. 

Northern Yard Waste Site: The Northern Yard Waste Site will continue to be open to the public. Please stay at least 6 feet away from attendants and other customers while visiting the county yard waste site. 

Government Center: Services at the county’s service centers, such as property record services, property taxes, and vital records are available.

Transportation: Metro Mobility and Transit Link continue to operate in the county. Check for information on schedules and delivery services.

Washington County Crisis Response Unit for mobile crisis mental health services for adults and children is available at 651-275-7400.

Courthouse: The Minnesota Judicial Council has recommended further restrictions for in-person courthouse access, and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea has issued a statewide order Continuing Operations of the Courts of the State of Minnesota Under a Statewide Peacetime Declaration of Emergency. The order restricts in-person access to courthouses, including the Washington County Courthouse, beginning March 23, and is in effect for the next 30 days. Information about the different hearings and court processes are on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.

For information about other Washington County services and programs, use these telephone numbers:

Washington County Contact Information

  • Questions about county services: 651-430-6000; 651-430-6246 (TTY)
  • COVID-19 health concerns and questions: 651-430-6655
  • Financial help (including food support, cash assistance, and emergency assistance): 651-430-6455
  • Housing/homelessness Homeless Outreach Services Team: 651-430-6488
  • Transportation, social services, and more (including child protection and adult protection): 651-430-6455
  • Emergency social services and after hours child protection (after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends): 651-275-7400
  • Property Records and Taxpayer Services (including license centers, recorder and registrar of titles, and vital records): 651-430-6175
  • Washington County Crisis Response Unit , 651-275-7400
  • Washington County Food Support Line: 651-430-6688
  • In an emergency, dial 911

See Washington County’s information on the COVID-19 response.