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November 22, 2020 5:00 PM

City Operations During COVID-19 **UPDATED**

The City of Rochester continues to take precautions to prevent possible transmission and/or exposure of/to the virus. With the health and safety of City employees and residents being of the utmost importance.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated, please continue wearing a mask.

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Latest Update:

April 5, 2022 8:38 AM

April 4, 2022

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Test to Treat

The new nationwide Test to Treat initiative provides quick access to free treatment for COVID-19. Through this program, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location.


These "One-Stop Test to Treat" sites are available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers, and long-term care facilities.


People can continue to be tested and treated by their own health care providers who can appropriately prescribe these oral antivirals at locations where the medicines are distributed.


A call center 1-800-232-0233 is available every day from 8:00 am to midnight ET to get help in more than 150 other languages.

The Disability Information and Access Line is available to help people with disabilities access services. Call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or email

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

As the country emerges from the Omicron surge—and we experience low COVID-19 Community levels in most parts of the country—CDC has updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidance to give some people the option to get a second mRNA COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

You can now receive a second booster dose if you:

* A recent CDC study found that adults who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary dose and booster dose had lower levels of protection against COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, as well as emergency department and urgent care visits, during Omicron compared to adults who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. As such, they may benefit from an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose and are now eligible to receive one.

How to Improve Ventilation in Your Home

Below are ways you can improve ventilation in your home. Use as many ways as you can (open windows, use air filters, and turn on fans) to help clear out virus particles in your home faster.

Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible.

Bringing fresh, outdoor air into your home helps keep virus particles from accumulating inside.


Filter the air in your home.

If your home has a central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC - a system with air ducts that go throughout the home) that has a filter, learn how to help trap virus particles and improve ventilation.


Consider using a portable air cleaner.

If you don’t have an HVAC system or just want extra filtration, consider using a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner.


Turn on the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen.

With good ventilation, the concentration of virus particles in the air will be lower and they will leave your home faster than with poor ventilation.


Use fans to improve air flow.

Limit the number of visitors in your home and the time spent inside.

The more people inside your home, and the longer they stay, the more virus particles can accumulate.


Use the Interactive Ventilation Tool | CDC to learn how you can decrease the level of COVID-19 virus particles during and after a guest visits your home.



COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.

Prior Updates

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March 18, 2022 11:44 AM

March 18, 2022


Five Tips for a safe, healthy spring break:

  1. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, as well as all routine vaccines.
  2. Check the travel requirements and recommendations for your destination. View CDC’s website for health risks or requirements at your destination.
  3. Visit your healthcare provider. They can help you get destination-specific vaccines, medicines, and information.
  4. Plan for unexpected issues.   Doing so can help you get quality health care or avoid being stranded at a destination if you become hurt or ill.
  5. Protect yourself during travel. Take COVID-19 precautions. Practice road safety. Wear sunscreen. Avoid bug bites by using insect repellent. Ensure contaminated food or drinks don’t make you become ill.     
  6. MDHHS updates isolation & quarantine guidance

Based on current conditions and low numbers of new COVID-19 cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine guidance for Michigan residents, including for school settings.

This update does not change guidance for health care, long-term care, corrections and other high-risk settings, and these entities should continue to follow existing guidance. Recommendations may change as community level changes. Visit our website for Oakland County’s current local guidance.
February 8, 2022 8:28 AM

February 7, 2022

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

CDC has been collaborating with global public health and industry partners to learn about Omicron.


The Omicron variant spreads more easily than the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Delta variant. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. 


Omicron infection generally causes less severe disease than infection with prior variants. Preliminary data suggest that Omicron may cause more mild disease, although some people may still have severe disease, need hospitalization, and could die from the infection with this variant.

COVID-19 vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19 and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. This includes primary series, booster shots and additional doses for those who need them. 


Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Some, but not all, monoclonal antibody treatments remain effective against Omicron. Public health agencies work with healthcare providers to ensure that effective treatments are used appropriately to treat patients.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

As of February 2, 2022, more than 88 million people across the United States have received a COVID-19 booster dose. However, 50% of people eligible for a booster dose have yet to get theirs. 


Everyone ages 5 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 booster shot. Get up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination today to help protect you and those you love.


If you need help scheduling your booster shot, contact the location that set up your previous appointment. If you need to get your booster shot in a location different from where you received your previous shot, there are several ways you can find a vaccine provider

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COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

Wastewater (sewage) surveillance is an important tool for tracking the spread of diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Many people with COVID-19 shed the virus in their feces, so studying wastewater can help us find COVID-19 in communities.


Learn more about what wastewater surveillance can tell us about COVID-19 in this week’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly.




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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

February 7, 2022

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 76,415,622 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily. 


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC's COVID Data Tracker now has a Vaccinations tab to track distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in your state.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions



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