Benton County COVID-19 Information

Accessing County Facilities and Services During Public Health Emergency

  • Access to most County Facilities in Foley and East St. Cloud is restricted; please check this "County Services Quick Access" page if your needs can be met online or by telephone
  • If an in-person meeting is needed, you may be asked screening questions by a County employee to assess the risks of COVID-19 exposure; we practice social distancing when meeting with customers or clients, so our meetings may occur in a location that allows a safe distance.

Health Questions

  • Questions about COVID-19 can be directed locally to the Benton/Stearns COVID-19 Hotline 1.877.782.5683, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Statewide call the Minnesota Department of Health Hotline 1.800.657.3903, open every day including weekends, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Benton County requests donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local health care workers and the County’s front-line employees whose jobs require direct public contact (such as law enforcement and corrections); the County needs the following: 

  • N95 Respirator masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Home-made face coverings or alternate masks
  • Medical grade disposable gloves
  • Disposable or re-useable isolation gowns
  • Hand sanitizer products

Call (320) 968-8146 or email to schedule a drop-off, or you can deliver donations anytime on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to Benton County Property Management 321 6th Avenue in Foley

Resources for Your Health

External websites for information in Minnesota and the nation on COVID-19

Resources for Businesses and Workers

External websites with information on emergency assistance to businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic