Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus

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

Beaumont Hospital
https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/coronavirus

Henry Ford Hospital
https://www.henryford.com/services/infectious-diseases/conditions/covid-19-coronavirus

https://www.henryford.com/blog/about

Ascension
https://healthcare.ascension.org/COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html



Governor Whitmer Lifts The “Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order

Recently, Governor Whitmer lifted the Stay at Home Order.  The State is in the process of gradually resuming in-person work activities, however some Michigan businesses and operations remain temporarily suspended from in-person operations.   

Although the virus remains aggressive and persistent—on June 4, 2020, Michigan reported 58,241 confirmed cases and 5,595 deaths—the strain on our health care system has begun to relent, even as the States testing capacity has increased. The State is now in the process of gradually resuming in-person work and activities. In doing so, the State directs 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 COVID-19 numbers decline, continued measures of economic reengagement will be implemented as long as it is safe to do so.


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.


City of Grosse Pointe COVID-19 Precautions

City Hall has REOPENED 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 or email or phone, please continue to 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.   If you need to come inside, there is a seven person visitor limit.  Visitors and City staff must maintain 6 foot distances and wear masks.  Counter shields are in place.  If you need to meet with a staff person, please make an appointment in advance. 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 city@grossepointecity.org  whenever possible.

DEPARTMENT CONTACTS:                                          

Public Safety Non-Emergency

(313) 886-3200

City Hall

(313) 885-5800

Department of Public Works

(313) 417-1188

Parks and Recreation

(313) 343-5257

Municipal Court

(313) 343-5262


 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, MANY PAYMENTS AND CITY SERVICES ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE.  CLICK ON THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW:

Online Payments

Online Mail In Forms

Water Billing

Building Permits

Court Payments

Birth Certificates

Property Payments

Voter Registration

 

Construction Permits and Inspections
Governor Whitmer announced the lifting of construction restrictions for both residential and commercial construction sectors beginning May 7.  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 tbrennan@grossepointecity.org 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 the 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.
 
Neff Park, Marina, and Elworthy Field
Neff Park and Elworthy Field are open but limited to activities such as walking and running that do not involve direct contact with others. Please make sure while engaged in any of these activities to remain at least six feet from others who do not live with you in your household. And if you are sick, please do not visit the parks until you are well. The Neff Park  Office and Gate House are closed to the public.  The Neff Park bathrooms, playground, marina, picnic tables, and walking paths are open.  The tennis courts at Elworthy Field are also open. Please visit the City's Parks and Recreation Page for additional information.

2020 All Pointes Daddy/Daughter Dance, Spring Egg Hunt, Park Group Permits, and Social Distancing
The City will no longer issue group permits for large gatherings or events until further notice.  As a result, the All Pointes Daddy/Daughter Dance scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled.  Refunds have been issued. 

The University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Corona Virus Curve illustrates the importance of slowing the spread of the virus while not to overwhelm our local hospitals.

Water Billing Delay and Waiving of Late Fees
Due to the stay at home order and reduction in City staff, the section of the City due for readings and billing at the end of March experienced a one-month delay in their water billing.  As a result, sections of Mack Ave. to Jefferson Ave. and Fisher Road to Lakeland received a water bill for a three-month period instead of two. The rest of the City water bills normally sent out at the end of April were also delayed one month resulting in a bill for a three-month period instead of two.

Water bills sent out in early May were also for a period of three months (for the section of the City between Mack and Jefferson and between Fisher and Lakeland). The remainder of the City will be billed in early June for three months. These bills will all be waived of any late fees and penalties at this time

Yard Waste Pick Up Began Monday, May 4
The City started yard waste pick up that had been postponed due to COVID-19 precautions on May 4.  Please do not put out your yard waste until collection day.  Yard waste that is separated from regular rubbish such as grass clippings, plants, and trimmings and placed in plastic waste containers marked with “Yard Waste” stickers or in biodegradable brown paper bags will be collected.  Yard waste containers should not exceed 50 lbs. in weight or 32 gallons in size.  Please place your yard waste at the curb prior to 7:30 a.m. on your respective rubbish collection day. Please do not co-mingle your yard waste with household rubbish. Thank you for your patience and understanding of the need for a delay in the startup of this service.  

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:

Better Homes and Gardens
Country Living
Environmental Protection Agency

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

S.A.L.E.
The City of Grosse Pointe’s Public Safety Department extends a helping hand through its S.A.L.E. Program (Seniors and Law Enforcement).   If you are a senior in need of non-emergency assistance, or have questions on any topic, you can contact the Public Safety Department at 886-3200 Ext. 2244.  If the officer is on a call, please leave your name and phone number, and an officer will get back with you to try and help in any way possible.

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
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. 


In addition to The Helm website https://helmlife.org/, you can find information on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheHelmLifeCenter/, or follow them on Instagram @thehelmlifecenter.


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://cms8.revize.com/revize/grossepointemi/alert_detail.php

 

COVID-19 Small Business

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: 

·        Covers payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities and other expenses 
·        Is forgivable upon meeting criteria 


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

 
FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Facebook has created $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries will be able to receive the grant. To be eligible to apply, your business must:
 
  • 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 
 
LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION GRANTS
 LISC offers $2,500, $5,000 & $10,000 grants. Women, minority, and veteran own businesses may wish to consider this program Applications now open and CLOSE Tuesday April 28th at 11:58 p.m. EST.

https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/
 
 
NEW PPP FUNDING AVAILABLE 
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.
Many lenders have resumed accepting new applications as new funding has been made available. Please ACT QUICKLY to take advantage of this program, as funds are likely to be quickly depleted.
 
More details on PPP is at: 
http://paycheckprotectionprogrammichigan.com/
 
The application is at: 
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf
 
Get free help with the application from the Accounting Aid Society at (833)750-6901
 

HELP FROM DTE
DTE is also working with customers to help them manage past due accounts during this difficult time. Contact the Business Contact Center at (855) 383-4249 for more information.