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To help uphold the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, individuals must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and other people. Anyone not following the social distancing requirement may face misdemeanor violation/arrest penalties, including up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500.Social distancing practices are a top priority for any time spent outside an individual’s home or place of residence. They include:• Go out only if you’re feeling healthy. • Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and another person. • Long-distance travel is discouraged unless it is essential. • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. • When driving, keep windows slightly open to provide air flow. • If the parking is full when attempting to visit a park, recreation area, boating access site or trailhead, leave and choose a different location. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
The City will be sending a city-wide alert message today (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will be directed to an updated COVID-19 webpage.The City will continue to use our alerting software to communicate each Friday at 6:30 p.m.
To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
The City will be sending a public notification today around 6:15 p.m. This will be a full-scale test of the City's alerting software and provide informational links pertaining to COVID-19.
City Hall and our Public Works buildings will be closed to the public starting March 17th. Limited employees will be available by appointment by emailing email@example.com. Other employees are available to answer questions by phone (8am - 5pm, M-F) by calling (248) 733-3700.
Oakland County has established an Oakland County Help Hotline – (248) 858-1000 – to address non-health needs of the general public such as food or housing assistance. The hotline will be staffed 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Health Division’s Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 will be available for extended hours to answer questions about COVID-19 on Sunday, March 15th from 9:00-1:00 p.m.Some people that may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness includes:• Older adults• People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease and diabetes“The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “The simple everyday actions you take to help avoid the spread of flu and other illnesses will also help prevent the spread of coronaviruses.”Prevention tips include:• Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.• Staying home when sick except to get medical care.• Avoiding close contact, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils.• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.• Practicing good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.• Being prepared with the following supplies: o Maintain a two-week supply of water and food at homeo Routinely check your regular prescription drugs to ensure that you won’t run outo Keep non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hando Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health recordso Talk with family members about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what would be needed to care for them in your home• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Sustained community spread of COVID-19 is occurring globally. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should postpone nonessential travel. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for detailed information about international and domestic travel notices.Preparedness planning toolkits and prevention resources are available at www.oakgov.com/health for the public, healthcare providers, businesses, schools, childcare centers, faith-based organizations, senior centers, food service workers and first responders. The toolkits include links to interim guidance from the CDC, prevention signage and handouts, and tools such as social media posts specific to various settings.Visit Oakland County Health Division’s Coronavirus website regularly for updated information, because this is an evolving situation. For more information about COVID-19, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during regular business hours. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.