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For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020

Contact: Donald McFarland
Phone: 651-236-0494

Saint Paul, MN - At the Office of the State Auditor, we have the tools in place to preserve continuity of service to local units of government and those that rely on us as we do our part to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have extensive infrastructure around the secure electronic transfer of data, and well developed telecommuting options for our staff, so our ability to do our oversight and technical support work will not change significantly as we follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health.

State Auditor Julie Blaha has suspended statewide travel plans, speaking engagements with large groups, and her office’s public meetings until further notice. The Auditor and OSA staff will continue to monitor and adjust plans as the situation progresses.

OSA is implementing community mitigation strategies in response to COVID-19, but please do not hesitate to contact OSA via phone or email. Our staff will be available remotely to support those we serve. We are also connecting with our partners in local government to ensure we are able to integrate with their specific COVID-19 response plans.

Please continue to follow the guidance of the MN Department of Health regarding hygiene, public gatherings, social distancing, and healthcare use. Minnesotans should regularly check MDH's COVID-19 webpage: https://www.health.state.mn.us/#coronavirus and contact their hotline with any questions or concerns you may have at 651-201-3920. Be safe.

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The Office of the State Auditor is the constitutional office that oversees nearly $40 billion in local government finances for Minnesota taxpayers. The Office of the State Auditor helps to ensure financial integrity and accountability in local government financial activities. Julie Blaha is Minnesota’s 19thState Auditor. Follow us on Twitter @MNStateAuditor.