COVID-19 Community Information

Last updated: Friday, May 8


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General questions: Contact Brian Voerding, City of Winona emergency communications, at [email protected]


Winona Resources: full list of community COVID-19 resources, including updates on school and business changes and closures, places for meals and shelter, information on unemployment and social services, and much more.


  • City Hall is closed, but departments are open by phone and email – details below.
  • If you are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms, do not call 911 unless it is a true emergency.
  • City parks are open for folks to enjoy; please follow CDC guidelines and do not gather in groups. Indoor facilitates are closed. Visit the city’s Park and Recreation page for more details.
  • Do not flush anything other than toilet paper.
  • Drinking water is safe – COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through water.
  • Buses are fare-free, and are running with modified schedules to keep them clean – details below. Riders are urged to wear face masks or coverings.
  • Healthcare providers have COVID-19 hotlines: Winona Health (507-474-5654), Gundersen (608-775-0364).
  • Facemasks in public: The CDC recommends folks wear cloth facemasks in public. How do you make a simple one? Check out this CDC video.
  • The numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Winona County are updated daily and provided through two trusted sources: The Minnesota Department of Health, and Winona Health


The state’s Stay Home MN order is in effect through Monday, May 18. The City of Winona continues to fully support this choice as an additional measure to protect the health and safety of all Winona residents.

What does this mean for you? Check out this city-maintained resource page.



City Hall is closed, but most staff are available during regular business hours, 8am-4:30pm, by phone and email. Use contact info below or on department pages.

  • CITY CLERK (507-457-8200): Contact our office for questions about City Council meetings, Winona Transit Service, liquor licenses, or filing a claim against the City.
  • FINANCE (507-457-8262): Utility bills can be paid online. Payments for utility bills and accounts receivable will be accepted by phone, US mail, or deposited into the 4th Street drop box. No new pet licenses will be issued.
  • PLANNING, INSPECTIONS (507-457-8250): The City will continue to process permit and license applications and inspection complaints online, by fax (507-457-8212), or by email – [email protected]
  • ZONING (507-457-8250): For permits, fax 507-457-8212 or email [email protected]
  • PUBLIC WORKS/ENGINEERING (507-457-8269): For general questions, email Keith Nelson at [email protected] Fax permits to 507-452-1239 or email [email protected]


The police department is fully operational. The department is closed to the public to keep officers healthy. Officers are patrolling and responding emergency and 911 calls. Lower-level offenses that do not necessitate a response are handled via telephone. Non-emergency calls for service are handled on a case-by-case basis; call 507-457-6302.


The fire department is fully operational. The department is closed to the public to keep firefighters healthy.


Fares are free. Riders are urged to practice physical distancing and wear face masks or coverings. Buses are running on normal routes. Schedules have changed: Drivers have eliminated every third route in order to deep-clean the buses. Click or tap here to view and download the revised schedule.


The library is closed. Library staff are delivering online programming and providing additional resources during this time; use the library’s website and online resources.


The Friendship Center is closed. Members are gathering online for activities and programs using Zoom. Contact Center director Malia Fox, [email protected], for more information.


Parks are open. Visitors are expected to follow physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet, and not participate in group activities that require close contact, like basketball. Indoor facilities, including the East End Rec and Lake Park Lodge, are closed. For questions, contact [email protected]


The water department is fully operational. The city’s water is safe. COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through water.


The wastewater treatment plant is fully operational. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper.


The city is actively monitoring the levee and flood control infrastructure as usual. The Mississippi is expected to reach minor to moderate flood stage.


May 7: City working with Farmers Market on COVID-19 practices as it opens this Saturday

May 7: Fire department to host two mask giveaway events

May 5: Winona Transit goes fare-free through 2020

May 1: Prairie Island opens to seasonal campers

April 30: Broadway Street project comment period opens online

April 28: Port Authority expands COVID-19 loan program

April 27: Fire department collects 900 masks, will deliver to facilities and give away to the public

April 22: Fire department collecting homemade masks

April 13: Port, WNB Financial, Merchants announce new small-business loan program

April 7: Winona Transit goes fare-free until May 8

April 3: Winona City Council, other meetings move online during COVID-19

April 1: New rules, guidelines for parks for COVID-19

April 1: First confirmed COVID-19 related death in Winona County

March 25: MN Governor orders all Winona residents to stay home for COVID-19 response

March 20: Winona Fire Department – use of 911 during COVID-19 response

March 19: Winona Transit Services Route Changes (click/tap here for a new printable schedule)

March 18: Building Closure Press Release

March 17: Sanitary Sewer Concerns

March 14: Community and Organizational Planning and Preparation Press Conference Video