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ST. CLOUD — As the COVID-19 coronavirus situation develops, local organizations are changing their access rules and cancelling events. Check back often as this file is updated.

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Restricted access: 

No visitors will be accepted at any CentraCare facility, with exceptions for special circumstances such as critically ill patients, parents of minors and end-of-life patients.

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System began screening every person entering the facility. The VA limited entry to four points where people were to be questioned for screening. No outside visitors were permitted to see residents, except in “compassionate cases” where a patient is in hospice.

Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids is putting “severe limitations” on visitors according to CEO and President Michael Stordahl. Visitors to the senior living community are instructed to call ahead to receive approval before visiting and will be asked screening questions to determine potential exposure. No visitors will be allowed from outside the community.

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Country Manor Campus in Sartell adopted an “immediate family only visitor policy.” All staff, visitors, vendors and other personnel will be given a screening questionnaire upon entering the building.

The University of Minnesota announced it would suspend in-person instruction at its five campuses at least through April 1. The U, which has nearly 63,000 undergraduate and graduate students across its five campuses, is the largest of the Minnesota universities and colleges that are all preparing this week to move classes online so students and staff can continue to participate from home and minimize group contact due to the outbreak.

State corrections officials have temporarily halted all in-person visitation at Minnesotaprisons due to heightened concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Cancelled and closed events

The Minnesota State High School League will limit attendance at all state and section championship games for girls basketball, adapted floor hockey and boys basketball Friday and Saturday. 

The MSHSL canceled consolation and third-place games for state girls basketball and state adapted floor hockey. 

The Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Nun Banquet scheduled for Friday, March 13, has been canceled. 

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference canceled its conference tournament in which St. Cloud State was supposed to play at Western Michigan starting Friday.

St. John’s University announced the NCAA Division III basketball tournament game between St. John’s and St. Thomas set for 6 p.m. Saturday in Collegeville will not be open to the public. For more details, visit

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