Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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We are continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the MI Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest info and guidance regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As this is an evolving situation, information from Oakland County Health Department is updated on their website OakGov.com/Health as it becomes available. The Oakland County Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM or you can email noc@oakgov.com.

Resources related to Oakland County and the State of Michigan: 

Click here to learn how Oakland County has prepared and created educational information for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention efforts.

Click here to view the State's website for Michigan specific data.


About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that has now spread to the United States. It is mild for most people but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.


How it spreads
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.

How we're responding
We activated our Emergency Operations Center which is in accordance with the Oakland County Health Department in order to coordinate response and prepare for a potential outbreak. Our Emergency Operations staff have been and continue to work closely with Oakland County Health Department and Oakland County Homeland Security, the state, and federal officials to protect our community as we respond to this developing situation.

This is a new disease, and scientists are learning more about it daily. Recommendations may change rapidly. Stay up to date with City messages by signing up for our community news email list

How to Protect Yourself and Others

The most important thing you can do is to practice everyday healthy behaviors that prevent the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing

These actions don't just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.

Click here for resources on how to plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Information provided by the CDC. 

Masks not recommended
The CDC and Oakland County does not currently recommend that the general public use face masks to protect against COVID-19.

Please keep masks available for those who need them. Masks are needed for people who are already sick, to keep them from spreading the disease to others, and for medical providers who are in direct, close contact with infected individuals.

Travel advisories
Several countries are experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to these countries. If you have trips planned, check the latest CDC travel guidelines.

What to Do If You're Sick
When you're sick, stay home! Don't spread infections to others. When you're sick with any respiratory illness:

  • Stay home. Don't go to school or work.
  • Minimize contact with others in your household.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow rather than your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, phones, and faucets.
Symptoms of COVID-19
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting ANY medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have: 
  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread
Check out the CDC Fact Sheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.


Resources
Oakland County Public Health and the CDC website have several pages with COVID-19 information targeted to specific audiences. Follow these links to find guidance for:

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID - 19) Quick Facts:
CDC Fact Sheet (English)
CDC Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Updates from the City

State of Michigan - Govenor Whitmer Executive Orders on COVID-19

City of Berkley COVID-19  Update - March 23, 2020

Mayor Daniel Terbrack Declares Local State of Emergency for the City of Berkley - March 17, 2020

City of Berkley COVID-19 Mitigation & Preparedness Strategy Update - March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Mitigation & Preparedness Strategy Notice - March 13, 2020 - 2:17 PM

City of Berkley COVID-19 Mitigation & Preparedness Strategy Notice - March 13, 2020

Food Distribution from Berkley School District

Food Assistance for Seniors, High-risk Residents, and Needy Families

Small Business Assistance (SBA) Application for Businesses

Berkley Business Establishments Status - March 23, 2020

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