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COVID-19

Information Sources

It is extremely important to get your information about COVID-19 from a reputable source. For accurate information, please look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), or Oakland County Health Department (OCHD).

COVID-19 Hotline:

1.888.535.6136
8am-5pm, seven days a week

Updated11:00am, Monday, March 30, 2020

A Message from Consumers Energy - March 30, 2020

To All Economic Development Partners:
 
Consumers Energy is here to help share information with your businesses and clients during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   We want to provide meaningful and timely support with utility bills and other challenges created by the pandemic.   Please see the attached flyer for more information on how we can help and additional resources that may be available at the state and federal levels. One resource you’ll find is the Michigan Small Business Relief Program.   Don’t hesitate to contact me personally with questions or requests for support. Your business success is a top priority for us.
 
Sincerely,
 
Lauren Royston
Community Affairs Manager
Oakland County
4600 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Office: 248.433.5805
Cell: 248.308.8753

Delivering Support for Small Businesses
*NOTE: There is a listed deadline to apply for this program of Tuesday, March 31, however there is NOT a deadline for Oakland County at this time.

Emergency Order - March 23, 2020

By Emergency Order, Oakland County is ordering all businesses and operations remaining open under Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 must take the following precautions until April 13, 2020:

  1. Develop and implement a daily screening program for all staff.
    • Screen criteria must include the following questions:
      • Symptom check (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea). When a touchless thermometer is available, a temperature check is strongly recommended in lieu of verbal confirmation.
      • Any close contact in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19.
      • Travel internationally or domestically in the last 14 days.
    • A yes to any of the screening questions above requires the employee to be excluded:
      • 3 days with no fever and 7 days since first symptom
      • 14 days if close contact of diagnosed cased of COVID-19
      • 14 days following travel
  2. Develop and implement a plan to manage and control social/physical distancing (at least 6ft spacing) for employees working alongside one another and customers waiting in lines within or outside the business.
  3. Limit capacity inside facilities to provide for social distancing of customers and between customers and employees including but not limited to visual markings and signage; entrance limits and specialized hours.
  4. Publish this order at entrance of the facility and to the members of the public at large by all reasonable means available.

March 25, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting

In order to connect to the meeting through ZOOM a member of the public needs to do the following:
Install Zoom App on mobile device or phone.  Download Zoom Client and install on a PC or MAC
Click the link provided to join the meeting
 
Members of the public participating in the public comment via ZOOM will wait in a virtual queue until called during the public comment period. Because of limitations on un-muting and re-muting members of the public, there will be only one public comment period, which will be at the end of the meeting (unless there is a public hearing item, in which case the following procedures will apply to that portion of the meeting as well). 

When public comment is permitted, members of the public will be called one at a time, as would happen during an in-person meeting.  A meeting coordinator will determine the order of public speakers. If you want to speak, you must use the "Raise Hand" feature in order for our moderator to know they need to be unmuted. When you are unmuted, and you will have three (3) minutes to share your comments to the public body.  At the conclusion of your comments or your three (3) minutes, you will be re-muted and then removed from the queue. 

Participants may also choose to submit comments that can be read into the record.   Comments can be submitted via an electronic form on www.cityofnovi.org.  Comments shall be done prior to 7 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Forms can be found at:
 
City Council – www.cityofnovi.org/cccomment
Planning Commission – www.cityofnovi.org/pccomment
Zoning Board of Appeals – www.cityofnovi.org/zbacomment

Procedures by which persons may contact members of the public body prior to a meeting. 

The City of Novi government e-mail addresses of the members of all public bodies utilizing this means of meeting are available on the City’s website at:
https://cityofnovi.org/Government/Mayor-And-Council.aspx

Procedures for participation by persons with disabilities.

The City will be following its normal procedures for accommodation of persons with disabilities. Those individuals needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should contact the City Clerk (248) 347-0456 at least two working days in advance of the meeting. An attempt will be made to make reasonable accommodations.

March 23, 2020 City Council Meeting

NOTE:  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY AS AUTHORIZED UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR WHITMER ON MARCH 18, 2020.  MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BODY AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY PARTICIPATE ELECTRONICALLY, AS DESCRIBED BELOW.  IF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BODY ARE PRESENT AT CITY HALL FOR THE MEETING, THE CHAMBERS WILL ALSO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN THE NORMAL COURSE.

Reason for allowing participation by electronic means:

As set forth in Executive Order 2020-15, “To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is crucial that all Michiganders take steps to limit in-person contact. These critical mitigation measures include social distancing and limiting the number of people interacting at public gatherings.”  This includes public meetings.

Procedure for public participation by electronic means:

Under Executive Order 2020-15, in order for the City to allow electronic participation in the meeting, there must be full opportunity for both the general public and the members of the public body to both hear and be heard at appropriate times during the meeting: “A meeting of a public body held electronically must be conducted in a manner that permits two-way communication so that members of the public body can hear and be heard by other members of the public body and so that general public participants can hear members of the public body and can be heard by members of the public body and other participants during a public comment period.”

The City will be utilizing the video/audio conferencing platform ZOOM.  Members of the public body will be able to hear and speak to each other for the entire meeting, whether participating at City Hall or elsewhere.  Except for any closed session portions of the meeting, members of the public will be able to hear (and possibly see) members of the public body during the entire meeting but will only be able to speak during a public comment period. 

In order to connect to the meeting through ZOOM a member of the public needs to do the following:
Install Zoom App on mobile device or phone.  Download Zoom Client and install on a PC or MAC
Click the link provided to join the meeting
 
Members of the public participating in the public comment via ZOOM will wait in a virtual queue until called during the public comment period. Because of limitations on un-muting and re-muting members of the public, there will be only one public comment period, which will be at the end of the meeting (unless there is a public hearing item, in which case the following procedures will apply to that portion of the meeting as well). 

When public comment is permitted, members of the public will be called one at a time, as would happen during an in-person meeting.  A meeting coordinator will determine the order of public speakers. If you want to speak, you must use the "Raise Hand" feature in order for our moderator to know they need to be unmuted. When you are unmuted, and you will have three (3) minutes to share your comments to the public body.  At the conclusion of your comments or your three (3) minutes, you will be re-muted and then removed from the queue. 

Participants may also choose to submit comments that can be read into the record.   Comments can be submitted via an electronic form on www.cityofnovi.org.  Comments shall be done prior to 7 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Forms can be found at:
 
City Council – www.cityofnovi.org/cccomment
Planning Commission – www.cityofnovi.org/pccomment
Zoning Board of Appeals – www.cityofnovi.org/zbacomment

Procedures by which persons may contact members of the public body prior to a meeting. 

The City of Novi government e-mail addresses of the members of all public bodies utilizing this means of meeting are available on the City’s website at:
https://cityofnovi.org/Government/Mayor-And-Council.aspx

Procedures for participation by persons with disabilities.

The City will be following its normal procedures for accommodation of persons with disabilities. Those individuals needing accommodations for effective participation in this meeting should contact the City Clerk (248) 347-0456 at least two working days in advance of the meeting. An attempt will be made to make reasonable accommodations.
 

March 23, 2020 Executive Order

  Governor Whitmer's Execuite Order No. 2020-21 - Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life

A Message from Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Dear Friend, below is a link to a list of comprehensive resources for you to consider accessing or applying during this time. My staff is always here to help you navigate federal agencies and resources. If you run into any roadblocks, please contact my district team at 734-853-3040. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Resource Guide for Businesses in the Time of COVID-19

Playground Structures/Equipment Closed

Per Oakland County Executive Order, ALL playground structures/equipment is closed to the public until further notice.  Park trails remain open at this time.

Click here to read the emergency order.

Mayor Gatt's State of Emergency Declaration

Mayor Bob Gatt has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Novi, which will aid in our ability to tap into outside resources as needed, and ease the process to receive any federal reimbursement. 

Transcript of Mayor Gatt's video message:
Hello Novi, for those who might not know me, I am Bob Gatt, your Novi mayor.
 
On behalf of my city council colleagues, and our City of Novi staff team, I want to assure you that our Novi is as safe, secure, and protected as possible during this challenging time of COVID-19.
 
Until we understand the full picture of the disease, and the best responses to it, we must follow the broad preventative measures as directed by our president, governor, and public health officials.
 
We had to make the extremely difficult decision to close our municipal facilities to the public, and cancel beloved and important community events and programming. These hard choices are made out of an abundance of caution to protect you, our Novi family.
 
We also want you to know that the City of Novi has an extremely organized and competent emergency operations team staffed with well trained professionals meeting daily to monitor all levels of government to maintain the city at the most current and highest of response levels.
 
While our city was already covered by Oakland County's declaration of a local state of emergency, we have reviewed the totality of the circumstances, and concluded that a city declaration of a state of emergency is in order. This will aid in our ability to tap into outside resources, and ease the process to receive any possible federal reimbursement for costs incurred.
 
I acknowledge that the events of the past few weeks have been disconcerting to many. But I urge all Novi residents to remain calm, and follow the advice of health experts.
 
We have plans in place to ensure that we can continue delivering critical and essential city services, and I am confident that we will get through this situation together, and come out stronger as a community.
 
We have created the page on the city's website, cityofnovi.org, dedicated to keeping you informed about the impact COVID-19 has on our community. You can find it easily on the home page. The page is updated regularly with accurate information regarding city services you rely upon.
 
Again, I ask you all to help us by following the guidelines, rules, and recommendations that the city, county, state, and federal governments issue. These are the best directives to keep you safe, and to limit the impacts of COVID-19.
 
I thank you for your trust in our efforts to protect our community, and know that you will do your part to ensure the health and safety of our Novi.
 
May God bless you, and protect you from this crisis.
 
Thank you.


After much consideration, and following the guidance of Gov. Whitmer's Emergency Declaration, City of Novi Leadership has made the decision to close the following municipal facilities to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, through at least Sunday, April 12:

  • Novi Civic Center
  • Novi Public Library
  • Novi Ice Arena
  • Meadowbrook Commons & Activity Center
  • Department of Public Works
  • Novi Police Department (Records)
  • Novi Fire Stations

This decision was made to not only protect the health and safety of the community, but our employees as well. We have every confidence in their ability to continue to provide the quality services for which you are accustomed, albeit via the phone or email.
 
All critical staff and emergency services will continue to operate with full staffing. These closures will not impact any Novi Police or Novi Fire services, including 9-1-1.
 
If you need assistance from the City of Novi, all departments will continue to be staffed from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You can also visit cityofnovi.org for answers to many questions and to utilize online services. If you are unsure of who to call, contact Community Relations at 248.735.5628.
 
All PRCS programming and classes are suspended during this time period and rentals are canceled. However, Meals on Wheels and Older Adult Transportation will both continue to run regular hours. Please contact Novi Parks at 248.347.0400 or email noviparks@cityofnovi.org if you have any questions.
 
Water bills can be paid by mail to City of Novi - Water P.O. Box 33321, Drawer 47, Detroit, MI 48232; the drop box located outside the Civic Center, by phone 855-340-4487 or online by clicking here. The Water Department will not be scheduling appointments at this time unless it is an emergency.
 
If you are in need of a dog license, you can purchase it on the Oakland County website here. If you have any questions, call 248.347.0440.
 
Novi's Leadership Team will be meeting daily to monitor the situation and provide any updates as needed.
 
We have created a page on the City's website dedicated to keeping you informed about the impact COVID-19 has on our community. You can find it easily on the homepage of cityofnovi.org or by clicking here.
 
For the time being, we encourage residents to utilize the following information sources ...

COVID-19 When to seek care

Cornavirus - Recommendations and best practices

Flyer - What is Community Spread

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
@CDCgov
 
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
@MichiganHHS
 
Michigan State Police, Emergency Management
@MichEMHS

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects & surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes should:

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.


For more information on high risk precautions, CLICK HERE.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus:  What You Need to Know