CITY OF ROCHESTER HILLS
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
BRYAN K. BARNETT, MAYOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Maria Willett
Rochester Hills Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19
Municipal Buildings Closed to Public, City Staff Available
Rochester Hills, MI - The City of Rochester Hills’ first priority is always the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, visitors and its team members.
Rochester Hills has proactively taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the city, including issuing a State of Emergency last week. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Rochester Hills City Hall, the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Building, and the Rochester Hills Museum on Van Hoosen Farm will be closed to the public until March 31. The Mayor will provide an update on the City’s public hours and status beginning April 1, 2020 by the end of March.
To minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus, all Parks & Museum classes and programs are canceled or postponed effective March 16 through March 31. However, all city parks will remain open to the public during this time.
Community members can still conduct city business online, via phone and through the City’s drop box in front of City Hall. Residents are encouraged to use the City’s website payment portal option for making payments and reporting concerns at https://www.rochesterhills.org/.
The Clerk's Office is suspending Passport Application Acceptance Services and Solicitation Licenses for 30 days, starting March 16 through April 15. All birth and death records can be applied for online at www.michigan.gov/vitalrecords.
Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies, the Rochester Hills Fire Department and Rochester Hills Department of Public Services will continue to respond to calls. In the event of an emergency, continue to call 9-1-1.
City Council meetings will continue as scheduled. As always, residents will be able to view our City Council meetings online at www.youtube.com/rochesterhillstv or via RHTV. The City’s Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 17 will also continue as scheduled. News about the City’s meetings and events will be available on rochesterhills.org.
Please visit www.rochesterhills.org/coronavirus for more information, including a description of the symptoms of the virus and preventative measures residents can take to limit their exposure. The site also includes links to helpful county, state and federal resources. The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges. We will continue to keep residents informed and will stay engaged in partnership with local, state and national leaders.
Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR:
As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the subject of much news and conversation in
Rochester Hills and around the world. It has impacted nearly every facet of our lives. The City has been
monitoring the spread of the virus for some time, preparing for a widespread outbreak. We remain
vigilant as we address the serious realities of this pandemic.
It's always best to have a plan, which is why I have initiated regular meetings on this subject with my
direct reports, established regular communication with employees and weekly calls with leadership in
local government and our health care and education communities. This in addition to regular contact
with the Governor’s office and with Oakland County.
I have also led several national conference calls on this subject, including with leaders of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent call with White House centered on the Administration’s
"all-of-America" approach to monitoring and managing the effect of this wide scale health concern. We
heard updates from the CDC, the Departments of Health & Human Services, Homeland Security,
Transportation, HUD, and Education, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Management
and Budget. Suffice it to say, all hands are on deck. We'll continue to stay engaged nationally.
This national intelligence informs our local response, which is my primary focus and concern. It's
important to communicate and coordinate our efforts locally and regionally, particularly given the
dynamic and constantly evolving nature of this situation, which is reason for messages like this one. We
will continue this proactive engagement. Indeed, there has been some form of discussion about
coronavirus almost every hour, at any hour.
We’re practicing proven flu-prevention techniques at the City and I encourage you to do the same.
Regular hand-washing is imperative -- and please be mindful of your interaction with groups over 10
people. I would also encourage you to regularly disinfect the surfaces of your mobile devices and
commonly used surfaces. If employees are sick, we encourage them to stay home and we offer the same
important advice to members of our community.
We are constantly evaluating the status of meetings and events held at the City. Any schedule changes
will appear on our website, rochesterhills.org.
For the very latest news and information about the coronavirus, we regularly use and recommend the
county, state and national resources listed below:
Remember: The NUMBER ONE thing WE CAN ALL DO is WASH OUR HANDS several times a day. Thank you for making this a priority.
As always, our communication is intended to inform and not alarm. It's my desire to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy and I appreciate every resident and visitor to Rochester Hills doing their part during these unprecedented times.
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