The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) corona virus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. "The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “corona virus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)."
What you need to know about the virus, how it spreads, its symptoms, prevention of the virus, and its treatment is accessible on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services site also contains valuable information including what Michigan is doing to address the virus.
Please find below additional helpful links concerning the virus, frequently asked questions, and how you can protect yourself:
Wayne County Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
What You Can Do At Home
University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Corona Virus Curve
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As in-person work and activities resumes, the State has directed us to move with care, patience, and vigilance, recognizing the grave harm that this virus continues to inflict on our State and how quickly our progress in suppressing it can be undone. As long as it is safe to do so, continued measures of economic reengagement will be implemented.
Visit the Wayne County Webpage for additional COVID-19 information including the Wayne County COVID-19 Dashboard that shows the breakdown of cases throughout Wayne County.
As we progress forward, it is still critical that the we all wear a cloth face covering while maintaining the proper physical distance of more than 6 feet when it is absolutely necessary to leave home. Staying at home still remains the best weapon in defeating this virus. The City wishes you well. We are all in this together.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Extends Epidemic Order
The MDHHS revised and extended its epidemic order to contain the spread of COVID-19, as Michigan continues to see a surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The order as of October 29 has new provisions target indoor gatherings where COVID-19 has spread most rapidly. Michigan presently has 172 cases per million people and positivity of tests has increased from about 2% to 5.5% and both indicators have been increasing for over four weeks. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have doubled over the last three weeks while the state death rate has increased for five consecutive weeks.
State of Michigan Releases COVID-19 Alert App
As part of the state’s continued efforts to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) announced the statewide rollout of the COVID-19 exposure notification app. This anonymous, free, and voluntary app let’s users know whether they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19. Users can confidentially submit a positive test result into the app and alert others in recent proximity that they may have also been exposed to the virus. To download or learn more about this free app, please visit the State of Michigan Website.
City of Grosse Pointe COVID-19 Precautions
Grosse Pointe City Hall and Municipal Court is currently closed to the public until December 20 but fully operational with COVID-19 precautions in place, Click Here to view the City's reopening plan. If you can conduct your City business online, by mail, email, or phone, please do so. Use the newly installed drop box at the entrance to City Hall to simply drop off payments, absentee ballots, or other documents and applications. Thank you for your cooperation in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Grosse Pointe is taking precautions to protect our City’s residents and staff in an attempt to the slow the transmission of this virus:
- Critical services such as police, fire, emergency dispatch, water service, and garbage/recycling collection will not be impacted.
- City business within City Hall, including the Municipal Court, can be conducted via US mail, or by use of the drop box in front of City Hall.
- When making payments, please use the drop box outside and place payments in a sealed envelope. Checks are highly recommended.
- Please call, handle City business online www.grossepointecity.org, or email the City at firstname.lastname@example.org whenever possible.
Public Safety Non-Emergency
Department of Public Works
Parks and Recreation
FOR YOUR INFORMATION, MANY PAYMENTS AND CITY SERVICES ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE. CLICK ON THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW:
Online Mail In Forms
Construction Permits and Inspections
All construction permit applications are easily accessible on the City’s Website, or by clicking on one of the following links:
Building Permit Application
Electrical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Mechanical Permit Application
Upon completion, permit applications can be emailed to email@example.com along with an electronic version of any plans or dropped off in the City Hall dropped box located in front of City Hall. Permits will be processed in the order they are received and staff will provide the applicant with required fee amounts and details for the methods of payment.
Questions can be directed to Terry Brennan, the City's Building Inspector at 313-590-5701. Please coordinate inspections in advance. Virtual inspections may be possible with prior approval. In-person inspections, if needed, will require COVID-19 precautions.
Public Safety and Municipal Court
Public Safety Officers will not be going inside homes to do basic police reports and Municipal Court activities have been curtailed.
Any leaves remaining after December 4 must be bagged, stored and put out when the yard waste pickup begins again in the Spring. Failure to do so may result in an ordinance enforcement action. please CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2020 leaf collection procedures.
As a alternative, please try mulching your grass clippings instead of bagging or start up composting to help your garden and at the same time help elevate the need to dispose of grass clippings and leaves. Here are a few links to help get you started:
Thanks to our Essential City Workers
Please be sure to remember the essential workers in the City's Public Safety and Public Works Departments who continue to keep the community safe and clean during this critical time. Perhaps consider a sign in your front yard, a decorated door (or garbage can), or just a friendly wave or a few words to express appreciation to the City's emergency responders and sanitation workers. They are committed to providing excellent police, fire, and garbage service amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please Help to Protect Our Sanitation Workers
While many government services have been altered or postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sanitation workers continue to provide refuse and recycling services. Please follow these guidelines to protect City workers:
- Bag and securely tie all trash, including latex gloves and sanitizing wipes (never flush them!).
- Empty all food and liquids from containers before recycling.
- Keep recyclables loose when placing them in carts or bins.
- Disinfect handles and lids on recycling and trash containers before and after collection.
Click Here to view a video message from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) about protecting our sanitation workers.
Thank you for your help in supporting and protecting residents and public servants.
Preventing Coronavirus Scams
Rising concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the rise of Coronavirus-related scams as criminals seek to take advantage of the fears of the public.
Scammers seek not only to make profit through exploiting public health issues, but through spreading misinformation and creating confusion. Please remain vigilant and equipped with knowledge and good practices to protect yourself and your family from emerging and constantly evolving scams and fraud.
Keep up to date with COVID-19 related scams: https://www.uspis.gov/coronavirus/
Click the following link for a U.S. Postal Inspection Service COVID Scams PSA: https://youtu.be/glx-EBZbyNQ
Stay Home, Stay Well Program
Michigan residents can now text a hotline to receive mental health support as part of an initiative during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Texting “RESTORE” to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative.
Seniors: Resources For Assistance
PAATS Senior Transportation Service
In order to help seniors safely obtain critical needs, PAATS services will be free effective Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd for transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Reservations of 48 hours in advance will still be required. Staff is practicing extreme cleanliness and disinfecting policies. Please keep in mind, for the protection of other passengers and drivers, if a senior is exhibiting symptoms of respiratory or flu-like symptoms, they will not be permitted to board the bus.
The HELM (formerly known as SOC) is the designated senior service agency for seniors living in the Grosse Pointes. While the office and activity center has closed, The HELM continues to provide essential services including Meals on Wheels and information and assistance programs. Additionally, carryout lunch will be available for purchase daily.
What You Can Do At Home
Keep your home safe. What everyone can do to decrease the spread of the corona virus. Encourage your family members to follow these Easy Guidelines.
For the latest updates on COVID-19, please check the following sites of your governmental agencies:
Federal Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
State of Michigan COVID-19 website: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
Wayne County Health Department: https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/hhvs/wellness/novel-coronavirus-information.aspx
City of Grosse Pointe COVID-19 precautions: https://www.grossepointecity.org/news_detail_T5_R39.php
COVID-19 Business Assistance
THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE
If your business has been impacted by the Coronavirus crisis and you have fewer than 500 employees, you can apply for a federal loan that:
Get started with the Paycheck Protection Program
TCF BANK PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE TO WAYNE COUNTY SMALL BUSINESSES
TCF Bank and Wayne County are working together to provide fast relief through microloans, to help small businesses with the effects of COVID-19. It is now open to all Wayne County businesses. Deadline is June 30.
TCF Small Business Relief Loan Fund - click here to view program details
MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19
Visit the MEDC site for a consistently updated list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
SBA BRIDGE LOANS
The SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. Business owners should contact their lender to apply. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans.
- Have between 2 and 50 employees
- Have been in business for over a year
- Do not have to be a Facebook user
- Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
- Be in or near a location where Facebook operates. Facebook has a Detroit presence: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants
Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Funding Available – Apply Now
This forgivable loan program administered by the Small Business Administration can help cover payroll costs, rent, utilities and more.
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