City of St. Clair Shores announces reopening of City facilities to public
In accordance with the lifting of Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home Executive Order, the City of St. Clair Shores reopened City facilities to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Employees returned to work on June 1 to prepare City facilities to receive members of the public in a way that is safe and is consistent with CDC guidelines.
Extensive research was completed in order to create a thorough and detailed plan to safely reopen City facilities with a priority of protecting the health of City employees and members of the public who visit those facilities. In addition, the City designed multiple ways residents could transact business with the City without ever leaving their home through email, internet, and phone calls.
All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask when moving through City facilities, and visitors are encouraged to use the many hand sanitizer stations located throughout all City facilities. City employees and the public are also being directed to stay home should they be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.
Information is available through the Macomb County Health Department in several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, and others. Please check this page often as resources and handouts will be added as they become available.
The City of St. Clair Shores is taking a proactive approach to learning more and educating residents about Coronavirus. Activities include providing information regarding ways the public can help prevent exposure and engaging with local, state and federal leaders to discuss and share the latest updates and best practices.
We want to make sure our residents feel in control by frequently providing the most up-to-date information while also giving you the ability to get your questions answered and take care of any city business you might have, even if social distancing becomes necessary. We encourage residents to stay tuned here and, on the City’s, social media channels for the latest information as well as signing up for emergency alerts.
Here are some tips we encourage all residents to follow to prepare for the Coronavirus:
- Remain Calm: It is critical that we remain calm in order to be sure our resources are used in the most effective way to prevent, prepare for and treat any cases of Coronavirus in our community.
- The most up-to-date information and guidance can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website OR the World Health Organization website.
Everyday preventive actions include:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wear a mask and keep a distance of 6' between yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the amount of time it takes to sing happy birthday). Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water. Learn more about the best ways to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces (like door knobs, light switches, elevator buttons, toilets, faucets, etc.) as often as possible and at least daily.
For more information on specific actions like travel, what to do if you are sick, what you can do if you are at higher risk, etc., visit the CDC website.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Since the symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia, influenza and the common cold, only a diagnostic test can confirm whether an individual has coronavirus.
How is it transmitted?
The first cases of COVID-19 were believed to be linked to a live-animal market in chines, but the virus has since been spreading from person to person.
Person-to-person transmission is most likely between people in close contact, about 6 feet. When a person infected with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets could land on people nearby or could possibly be inhaled by those people.
While the virus can be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with COBID-19, health experts don’t currently believe that’s primarily how it’s transmitted.
Should I be tested for the virus?
The CDC recently rolled out new guidelines, allowing anyone to be tested for COVID-19 without restrictions, as long as their doctor approves.
If you have traveled to an area with local transmission or have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus, and develop symptoms, such as cough or fever, your doctor can work with the Macomb County Health Department to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms, but no travel history to an outbreak area, you could go to a clinic and have a rapid test done to rule out common viruses, such as influenza.
If you have mild symptoms and are worried that you might have COVID-19, call your doctor for an appointment.
If you have severe breathing problems, seek medical attention, or call 911 immediately.
Residents with symptoms are encouraged to contact their health care provider, who will make arrangements to have them tested at a nearby facility. You can also contact the Macomb County Health Department at 586-463-3750.
Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than adults?
No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
Who is the most susceptible to COVID-19?
Most vulnerable are the elderly, as well as people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory illness, high blood pressure, and cancer. Those who are over 50 or 60 years of age who have some other health issues should be extra vigilant. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating and 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.
What steps are the City taling to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community?
Many City services to the public have also been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective September 25, 2020, the following services are now available:
Department of Public Works (DPW)
Regular operations have resumed.
Stations remain closed to tours/visits.
Regular operations have resumed.
Tax and Water Department
Regular operations have resumed.
Utility bills can be paid online or placed in the white drop box in front of City Hall.
Community Development Department (CDI)
CDI is open and fully functioning.
All permits, meeting applications, registrations, and forms can be submitted in-person, in the mail or via the drop box in front of City Hall.
All inspections can be scheduled by calling 586.447.3340.
SCS Public Library
Beginning October 5, 2020, the Library hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
- Curbside service is available, please call the Library 586 771 9020, to schedule an appointment.
- The Library Book Drop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- All returned library items are being quarantined for at least 96 hours before they are checked in.
- Capacity limits are in place, masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines are being observed.
- Internet service is available by appointment only and limited to one hour per day.
- The Reading Lounge, the Used Book Store, the Local History Center, and the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum remain closed at this time.
- Donations for the Friends of the Library are suspended.
- Library cards may be issued in person, online or by phone.
- Librarians are available via e-mail, telephone, and in person for assistance.
- Youth services programs are being offered virtually.
- In-house programs are not being offered at this time.
Senior Center/Civic Arena/Golf Course
The Senior Center/Civic Arena remains closed. Only the Fitness Room is opened at the Senior Center. Monday – Thursday 7 am – 7 pm, Friday 7 am – 4 pm.
- The Parks & Recreation Office is open 9 am – 7 pm Monday thru Friday, and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Park Passes, boat well and boat launch passes are available for purchase.
- SMART Bus Service is available.
- Golf Course is open. Visit www.scsgolf.com or call the Pro Shop at 586.294.2000 (ext.1) for tee times.
City Clerk’s Office
- Death Certificates can be obtained in person during normal business hours, by utilizing a request form on the City Clerk page and submitted via the white drop box in front of City Hall or by US Mail.
- Bid Openings can be submitted electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org), placed in the white drop box in front of City Hall, by US Mail, or other delivery service by bid deadline time.
- City Council meetings are open to the public. Council meetings are live-streamed or are available on the website.
- All Boards & Commissions meeting dates can be viewed on the City’s website calendar and on the Boards and Commissions page.
- Passports will not resume until Nov. 9th and we no longer take passport photos. The US Passport office is still only processing emergency passports until they reopen to level 2.
40th District Court (Check out their webpage)
The safety of our residents is our top priority. The City continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 very closely. We will reassess resident services as needed and are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep you and your family safe.