TOWNSHIP COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

Continual updates can be found by clicking the below links:

West Bloomfield Township Press Releases and Important Information
West Bloomfield Police Department Face book Page
West Bloomfield Police Department Twitter Page
Nixle Alert System

4/1/2020 11:45 A.M.
Here is a dash board that will update statistics from around the County regarding COVID-19
https://www.oakgov.com/covid/dashboard.html

4/1/2020 11:10 A.M.

Attached is a great tool kit for our restaurants and restaurant workers:
https://www.oakgov.com/covid/resources/Pages/food-service-workers.aspx

 3/26/2020 10:35 P.M.

Guidance for individuals to determine when you can leave home
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98159-522649--,00.html

Guidance for businesses to determine who can perform in person work

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98737---,00.html

3/26/2020
10:15 P.M.
Executive Order 2000-21 FAQS
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-522631--,00.html

3/26/2020 11:15 A.M.

If you are connected to the Township’s sanitary sewer system – per Ordinance, you are responsible for your sewer lead all the way to the connection of your pipe to the township’s main located at the street. 

·         Wipes quickly cause BULKING SITUATIONS and COAGULATE WITH OTHER DEBRIS AND SANITARY SOLIDS WITHIN A SMALL DIAMETER PIPE.  This is a recipe for a sewage backup situation into your home!

·         This also applies to all citizens that have PRIVATE SEPTIC FIELD SYSTEMS.  Once floating wipes get past a solids holding tank, many times it requires an intrusive and expensive excavation to clear the very small diameter pipes associated with a private septic field system.

·         Wipes DO NOT BREAK DOWN, and cause stoppages and plugging of municipal pumps at lift station pumping facilities.  This situation can cause multiple homes and businesses to backup with sewage. 

·         Kindly remember, flushing wipes is not safe and is a leading contributor to causing sewage backups into your home.  This situation can become especially more problematic during the current Shelter-In-Place Order under the COVID-19 pandemic.   

·         Please throw away all used disinfecting wipes into the garbage.  When they are not thrown away, this forces the Township to directly handle the time intensive maintenance involved with physically removing the material from its mains and pumps.

·         On a closing note:  Please know that Grease is another culprit that wreaks havoc on both private sewer pipes and municipal main systems.  Grease naturally clings to debris within a pipe.  Byproduct grease from cooking needs to be thrown away – not poured down the drain.   
Your West Bloomfield Water Utilities Department wants you to know that they appreciate you as a water and sewer customer, while respecting the privilege in continuing to provide responsive water and sanitary sewer services.  Be assured that The department Will continue to operate and maintain the community water and sewer system throughout the pandemic period.
If you should have a water or sewer emergency, please call public safety dispatch at (248) 975-9200.     

3/24/2020 4:30 P.M.

https://www.oakgov.com/pages/news.aspx#/-coulter-health-division-extends-orders-to-protect-essential-employees-and-businesses-to-control-covid-19-outbreak


3/23/2020 11:15 P.M.

Governor's Stay at Home Order Summary:
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.
YOU CAN:
• Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
• Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
• Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
• Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
• Fill your car with gas.
• Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State.
• Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere.
• Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.
YOU MAY NOT:
• Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
• Participate in any public gatherings.
• Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
• Go to the mall or to restaurants.
BUSINESSES THAT REMAIN OPEN FOR IN-PERSON WORK MUST TAKE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO MINIMIZE THE VIRUS’S SPREAD. THEY MUST:
• Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
• Restrict the number of workers present in-person on the job.
• Keep employees at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible and enabling social distancing for customers who are standing in line.
• Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.

 3/18/2020 1:23PM

HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM ESTABLISHES COVID-19 HOTLINE
For up-to-date information about coronavirus and to ask questions, call the Henry Ford Covid-19 patient hotline at 313-874-1055 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday


3/17/2020                                                                       
Press Release

 West Bloomfield Township Officials have made the difficult decision to close the Township Hall building to the public beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020.  This decision was made to protect both the health of our community and of our staff.  Team members will be hard at work within the Town Hall providing you with the best service possible under the current circumstances. 

To contact individual departments located within Town Hall visit our website at https://www.wbtownship.org or call (248) 409-1581 or (248) 451-4800

The Township will be continuing the following inspections:

Building Department

-          Unoccupied New Residential Construction Inspections

-          Non-Residential Construction Inspections

-          Exterior Inspections

 Code Enforcement

-          Vacant Property Inspections

-          Exterior Enforcement Inspections

 Development Services

-          Grading & Soil Erosion

-          Environmental Inspections and Wetland Determinations

-          Water & Utilities Underground Only

 Curt Lawson
West Bloomfield Township
Public Information Officer
248-975-8924 / clawson@wbpolice.org



3/17/2020 1:20 P.M.

For our more seasoned residents - Here is a good video with valuable information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html


3/16/2020 8:05 P.M
Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People.  Order follows new CDC guidance on large events and mass gatherings
See the order here


3/16/2020 12:56
P.M.
PRESS RELEASE  An official representative from All Seasons Senior Living Community in West Bloomfield has confirmed that one of their residents tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  According to the Press Release dated 3/16/2020 from All Seasons Senior Living Community, the patient is receiving care off site. 

We are monitoring this development.  We have no further information at this time

Curt Lawson
West Bloomfield Township
Public Information Officer
248-975-9200/ clawson@wbpolice.org


 
3/16/2020 11:26 A.M.
HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM ISSUES TEMPORARY VISITOR RESTRICTIONS NOTICE

Effective immediately, all visitors will be prohibited from HFHS facilities except for the situations listed below.
These exceptions only apply if a visitor screens negative for symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough,
shortness of breath) upon entry into the building:
- Obstetric patients may have one person accompany them.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Birth parent or guardian who must remain in the room for the duration
of the visit.
- Pediatric unit: One parent/care giver who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
- Patients who are at the end-of-life may have very limited number of visitors who must remain in the room for
the duration of the visit. This includes family members under the age of 16 with permission of the health care
team.
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one driver who must leave the medical center as soon
as possible after the procedure/surgery.
- Patients who have an appointment at a Henry Ford Health System clinic, laboratory, radiology or are visiting
the Emergency Department may have one person with them if needed to transport the patient into the
facility.
- Personnel providing services to HFHS patients (e.g. interpreter services) will be admitted to the facility for
the time needed to provide the service.
- No other visitors will be allowed in HFHS facilities at this time.

Visit Henry Ford Health Website here for more on the restrictions. 

3/16/2020 11:12 A.M.
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, and Other Public Spaces; Limiting Restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders
 

 

 
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-9, which temporarily closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.  

 
Under Executive Order 2020-9, effective Monday, March 16 at 3:00pm, the following places of public accommodation will be closed; restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos.   

 This order does not restrict a place of business from offering food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. Places of public accommodation are encouraged to do so and use precautions to mitigate potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Restaurants may allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders, so long as they stay six feet apart from each other. 

 These restrictions do not apply to the following locations: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.   

 Order restrictions will remain in place until Monday, March 30 at 11:59 pm.    

 “This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” said Governor Whitmer. “Fighting it will cause significant but temporary changes to our daily lives. By practicing social distancing and taking aggressive action now, the state is working to mitigate the spread of coronavirus so we reduce the risk that our health care system becomes overwhelmed. This is about saving lives. Michiganders are tough and we are going to get through this, but it will require everyone doing their part. That means making smart choices and not putting yourself or others at risk by going out in public unless it is absolutely necessary.” 

 “We need to move quickly to slow the spread of the virus and protect public health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I realize these actions will present temporary changes to the way we live, but they are critical to help ensure our health care system is prepared to treat those who need the most urgent medical care.” 

 “This crisis will require business and labor working together to ensure that we are putting the best interests of Michiganders first in order to protect public health,” said Jeff Donofrio, Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “We understand that these decisions will impact the way we do business, but the decisions we make now will allow us to get our economy back on track sooner rather than later. We are putting measures in place to help protect the employers, employees, and individuals that will be impacted.” 

 To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governors across the United States have begun implementing similar measures in their states, including Jay Inslee (D-WA), Charlie Baker (R-MA), and Tom Wolf (D-PA). 

 Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

 

  • Fever   
  • Cough   
  • Shortness of breath   

 The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

 

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.   
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.     
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.     
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.   
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.   
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.   

 Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. 

 To view executive order 2020-9, click the link below:

 



3/16/2020
 11:05 A.M.
New CDC recommendation: Starting immediately and for the next 8 weeks, CDC recommends cancelling all events of 50 or more people.

3/16/2020 8:45 A.M

Governor Whitmer to temporarily shut down all bars, restaurants to 'eat-in' service at 3:00 P.M. today

3/15/2020 8:33 P.M. 
NEWS RELEASE The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and staff leadership team have made the difficult decision to close all JCC operations at the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Building including the Pitt Child Development Center and the Florine Mark Sports and Fitness Complex (Fitness) until March 29th.

Visit the JCC website for more information here.

3/14/2020 9:10 P.M. 
NEWS RELEASE Oakland County health officer issues order to limit occupancy load at county establishments and reduce public exposure risk Pontiac, Mich., March 14, 2020 – Oakland County Health Division has issued an 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.” The Health Division has a printable sign which venues can post on their doors to notify customers of the capacity restriction. Business owners may download an electronic version of the sign at oakgov.com/health. The health order takes effect March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020

3/14/2020 5:25 P.M.
West Bloomfield Library Closure Notice

Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and to assist in mitigating its spread, the West Bloomfield Township Main Library and the Westacres Branch will close effective Saturday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. The health and safety of our community and staff continues to be our primary goal during these extremely challenging times.
Users with library materials are asked to keep them until we reopen. Our outside book deposits at both locations will be closed. We will not be accepting returns until we reopen. Do not worry about keeping the materials beyond their due dates, because all overdue fines will be waived. To avoid confusion, we will not be sending out notices.

Our library catalog will not accept holds or interlibrary loan requests while we are closed. 
Click here for WB Library updates

3/14/2020 11:15 A.M.                          
From Township Supervisor Steve Kaplan:
We have decided, FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS FROM TODAY, to postpone upcoming Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, and Environmental Commission meetings, specifically (1) the March 17th and April 7th Z.B.A. meetings; (2) he March 24th Planning Commission meeting; and (3) the March 18th Environmental Commission meeting.As of now, the following meetings will be held, as scheduled:

      --- April 14th  Planning Commission meeting, and beyond;
      --- April 15th Environmental Commission meeting, and beyond;
      ---April 21st Z.B.A. meeting, and beyond; Additionally, the Parks Commission is electing to conduct its regular meetings (March 26 and April 23, and beyond); and the next Cable Commission meeting, set for April 16, has not yet been canceled.  Our next regular board meeting (March 23) will be held as scheduled.

Notices as to postponed/canceled meetings, of course, will be sent by township staff to all interested parties, including board and commission members, as well as the Cable Commission.

3/14/2020  7:00 A.M.
MDHHS announces statewide hotline to address COVID-19 health questions

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today the launch of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) starting tomorrow, March 14, at 9 a.m.

“As we continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we want to ensure Michiganders have the information they need to stay healthy, address concerns and know where to go for the care they need if they experience symptoms,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

Public health and other experts will answer health-related questions about COVID-19. The team can also direct residents, providers and more to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments.

The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.

Staff cannot provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis through the hotline. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.   


3/13/2020                 
PRESS RELEASE
              
West Bloomfield Township officials have been meeting on a regular basis regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact to our residents, business owners, healthcare facilities, visitors to town hall, and township employees.  We are continuing to assess the threat that this virus may cause.  Township staff are in contact with subject matter experts at the county, state, and federal levels. We want to reinforce the importance of taking the following steps to reduce community spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact such as handshaking
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • If you are sick stay home and contact your doctor by phone prior to visiting his or her office (Coronavirus symptoms include – fever, cough, and difficulty breathing)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or your inner arm when coughing or sneezing
  • Keep a social distance of 6 feet from other people

In compliance with State mitigation guidance, we are recommending that community group gatherings be postponed, whenever possible, for the next 30 days.

Our police and fire communications center will be asking callers questions regarding medical symptoms and recent travel.  These questions are designed to reduce the risk of exposure to public safety personnel.  Public safety personnel are equipped with personal protective gear to protect themselves from exposure when treating potentially exposed patients. 

We are requesting that individuals refrain from entering township buildings, if they are feeling ill.  Procedures are in place to help ensure the safety of our visitors and township employees.  These procedures include:

  • Hand sanitizing
  • Posted reminders of best practices for washing hands
  • Floor markings to establish social distancing of six feet from township employee that are assisting you
  • The cleaning of frequently touched surfaces

Please note that West Bloomfield Parks has closed its WEB Connect, Recreation Activities Center and canceled programs through April 6, 2020.  All parks are open and essential transportation services will continue through their Community Transit Program.  Further information can be found at www.wbparks.org

 We are asking the public, when practical, to conduct township business by e-mail, phone, and mail.  Payments can be made by credit card, by check, and deposited in our exterior drop box.

 We will continue to work with our community partners to ensure we are effectively communicating with each other, and the public.  Additional information will be posted on the township website at https://www.wbtownship.org and via social media at www.facebook.com/westbloomfieldpd/.  Visit https://www.CDC.gov/coronavirus or  www.oakgov.com/health for more information.

Please contact your healthcare provider for Coronavirus testing.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact the Oakland County Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533 or e-mail noc@oakgov.com

Curt Lawson
West Bloomfield Township
Public Information Officer
248-975-8924 / clawson@wbpolice.org

3/13/2020 2:00 P.M.     
Oakland County, Macomb County declare state of emergency amid coronavirus scare

Oakland County launched a helpline — 248-858-1000 — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to address non-health needs, such as food or housing assistance. Those without a physician who have health questions can call the Nurse on Call program at 800-848-5533.
Visit the Detroit Free Press article for more information here.

 3/13/2020 1:00 P.M.
Whitmer bans gatherings larger than 250 people to prevent spread of COVID-19

The Detroit News article
Governor Whitmer Executive Order