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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire DepartmentStations remain closed to tours/visits.
Police DepartmentRegular operations have resumed.
Tax and Water DepartmentRegular 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.
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.
City Clerk’s Office
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.
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