News Flash

Rochester News

Posted on: March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Plan, Prepare, and Respond.

Coronavirus Pic from CDC

The City is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the MI Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest info and guidance.

The City of Rochester is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest information and guidance. 

What can you do? 

Practice everyday preventive behaviors! Stay home when sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Frequently wash hands with soap and water. Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Plan, prepare, and respond to the Coronavirus Disease with the CDC’s “Resources for Households”.


Decisions about the implementation of community measures will continue to be made by City, County, and State officials, in consultation with Federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of COVID-19. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

  • The Founder’s Day event scheduled for March 15th has been canceled.
  • The City has also canceled public meetings* through March 31st. (*The March 23rd Council meeting is still scheduled, although it will be brief.)
  • Today the Oakland County Health Division issued an Public Health Order to reduce occupancy load by 50 percent at County establishments with a food service license, excluding healthcare facilities, long-term care, and grocery stores. The order also limits occupancy load of entertainment venues and physical fitness centers to 50 percent. State law provides the County Health Officer with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453). “This is a proactive step to ensure that our restaurants and other venues can provide our residents with safe environments and protect their employees,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We are committed to taking every necessary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Oakland County.”  Food service establishments include, but are not limited to restaurants, bars, church dining halls, schools, carry out, catering, country clubs, banquet halls, and fraternal organizations. Entertainment venues and physical fitness centers include, but are not limited to theaters, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, sporting events, gaming establishments, and trampoline parks.
  • Please sign-up for emergency alerts and community notifications (branded “ReadyRochester”) from the City by the clicking the following direct link: https://mi-rochester.regroup.com/signup
  • You can also text "Join ReadyRochester" to 30890 to receive emergency alerts and community notifications.
  • As there been a few resident questions about water, the City wants to assure businesses and residents that the COVID-19 has no impact on drinking water and affirm that the City’s water (both GLWA and Well) is safe to drink and use.
  • If you are more comfortable staying at home (which is encouraged) to avoid potential exposure, or if social distancing becomes necessary, below are several ways you can conduct business with the City online:
  • Residents can get many of your City related questions answered by calling City Hall at (248) 733-3700.
    • Finance questions answered by sending an email to: mmoriwaki@rochestermi.org
    • Many fees, including parking tickets and water bills can also be paid onlineResidents can also take advantage of the Drop-Box on the Northeast parking lot at City Hall.
  • Water bill payments can be made online through the City’s website or via the following direct link: https://payments.g2gcloud.com/Rochester If residents are unsure of their owed balance, please call (248) 733-3700 Monday through Friday, from 8am – 5pm. Finally, due to the COVID-19 virus the City is implementing a water bill grace period until April 1, 2020. (Providing 13 additional days to for payment with a late fee.)


  • Currently, the City plans to keep City Hall open during normal hours (8am-5pm, M-F) to provide services, with enhanced measures in place. (Frequent cleaning, limited contact, social distancing, etc.) However, residents are strongly encouraged to use services through the City’s website. (This will continue to be evaluated and may change, as this continues to be a fluid and ongoing public health incident. Please visit the City’s website for updates.)


The City knows that most residents are staying home (this is encouraged).  As such, here is a link to some at-home activities: http://www.rochestermi.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=915

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