Coronavirus

CITY SERVICES 

In an effort to practice social distancing and ensure the continuation of services, City Hall is closed to the public however staff members are available by phone and email. All general business, including Building Department transactions can be completed online or via phone. Please enter the Public Safety Department public entrance for all urgent matters.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Department remains fully ready and committed to providing services to the community.  It is also imperative that our first responders stay safe and healthy.  Accordingly, we are modifying operations in the following ways:

  1. First and foremost, protect your health.  We ask that everyone who does not need to be out, stay home and practice social distancing.
  2. The Public Safety Department lobby will continue to be open 24/7.  Please do not be offended if our staff and personnel do not open the protective glass to conduct business with you, this is being done as a protective measure.
  3. If you call us, please advise us if you (or any member of your household) are not feeling well, even if you are calling for police or non-medical services.
  4. Our officers have been instructed to limit face to face interaction as much as possible.  They may speak with you at significant distances.
  5. If the nature of the incident is a non-emergency, our officers may contact you by telephone to take your report or complaint.
  6. If there is an incident that endangers the safety of persons or the community, we will respond in person.  We will also continue to respond to crimes in progress, criminal activity will not be tolerated.
  7. Please do not be offended if our officers you encounter are wearing protective masks, gloves and eyewear.
  8. Please do not try to shake our hands or hug us (let your children know as well), fist bumps are acceptable.
  9. The Public Safety Department has suspended the administration of walk-in Preliminary Breath Tests (PBTs).  Please contact the court or your probation officer for further guidance.

Public Safety can be reached in the following ways:

Background

Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It is the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.  

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness two (2) to 14 days after exposure.  Symptoms include: 

  • fever 
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How is COVID-19 spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses and respiratory illnesses are spread mainly via respiratory droplets of an infected person, through:

  • the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • touching a surface or object that has virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, and/or eyes.

City’s Response

The City of Bloomfield Hills is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS),  Oakland County Health Department and the Oakland County Medical Control Authority (OCMCA) for the latest information and guidance. 

At our Public Safety complex we have initiated a strict schedule of sanitizing our station at least three (3) times per day, decontamination of all equipment following every call, use of extra personal protection equipment (PPE) by staff as a basic precaution, and the sanitizing of all apparatus and patrol vehicles at the beginning and end of each shift (or as needed following a call). Additionally, hand washing is a top priority for all of our staff.

What can you do? 

Everyone can play a roll in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus by:

  • Taking steps to protect yourself
    • Clean your hands often
    • Avoid close contact
  • Taking steps to protect others

    • Stay home if you’re sick
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • Clean and disinfect
    • Practice social distancing

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds.

With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as "flattening the curve," which generally refers to the potential success of social distancing measures to prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm health care systems.

While it is believed that the COVID-19 disease may have little impact on a significant portion of the population, it is extremely dangerous for high-risk populations such as the elderly with other underlying health conditions.

Stay Informed:

In addition to local and national media outlets be sure to follow the City’s social media pages for real-time updates and register for the City’s Emergency Notification System, CodeRED.

Phone Numbers:

  • Emergencies: 911
  • Public Safety Dispatch: (248) 644-4200
  • Oakland County Health Department Nurse Hotline: (800) 848-5533
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: (888) 535-6136
  • Beaumont Health Coronavirus Hotline: (800) 592-4784

OTHER RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Oakland County Health Department

Beaumont Health Coronavirus Information Page