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November 22, 2020 5:00 PM

City Operations During COVID-19 **UPDATED**

The City of Rochester continues to take precautions to prevent possible transmission and/or exposure of/to the virus. With the health and safety of City employees and residents being of the utmost importance.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated, please continue wearing a mask.

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Latest Update:

April 5, 2022 8:38 AM

April 4, 2022

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Test to Treat

The new nationwide Test to Treat initiative provides quick access to free treatment for COVID-19. Through this program, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location.


These "One-Stop Test to Treat" sites are available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers, and long-term care facilities.


People can continue to be tested and treated by their own health care providers who can appropriately prescribe these oral antivirals at locations where the medicines are distributed.


A call center 1-800-232-0233 is available every day from 8:00 am to midnight ET to get help in more than 150 other languages.

The Disability Information and Access Line is available to help people with disabilities access services. Call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or email

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

As the country emerges from the Omicron surge—and we experience low COVID-19 Community levels in most parts of the country—CDC has updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidance to give some people the option to get a second mRNA COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

You can now receive a second booster dose if you:

* A recent CDC study found that adults who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary dose and booster dose had lower levels of protection against COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, as well as emergency department and urgent care visits, during Omicron compared to adults who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. As such, they may benefit from an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose and are now eligible to receive one.

How to Improve Ventilation in Your Home

Below are ways you can improve ventilation in your home. Use as many ways as you can (open windows, use air filters, and turn on fans) to help clear out virus particles in your home faster.

Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible.

Bringing fresh, outdoor air into your home helps keep virus particles from accumulating inside.


Filter the air in your home.

If your home has a central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC - a system with air ducts that go throughout the home) that has a filter, learn how to help trap virus particles and improve ventilation.


Consider using a portable air cleaner.

If you don’t have an HVAC system or just want extra filtration, consider using a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner.


Turn on the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen.

With good ventilation, the concentration of virus particles in the air will be lower and they will leave your home faster than with poor ventilation.


Use fans to improve air flow.

Limit the number of visitors in your home and the time spent inside.

The more people inside your home, and the longer they stay, the more virus particles can accumulate.


Use the Interactive Ventilation Tool | CDC to learn how you can decrease the level of COVID-19 virus particles during and after a guest visits your home.



COVID-19 Community Levels

CDC uses COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the disease’s impact on counties and recommend prevention measures.


CDC also tracks cases, laboratory tests, vaccinations, deaths, and other pandemic data and provides them on our COVID Data Tracker.

Prior Updates

March 18, 2022 11:44 AM

March 18, 2022


Five Tips for a safe, healthy spring break:

  1. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, as well as all routine vaccines.
  2. Check the travel requirements and recommendations for your destination. View CDC’s website for health risks or requirements at your destination.
  3. Visit your healthcare provider. They can help you get destination-specific vaccines, medicines, and information.
  4. Plan for unexpected issues.   Doing so can help you get quality health care or avoid being stranded at a destination if you become hurt or ill.
  5. Protect yourself during travel. Take COVID-19 precautions. Practice road safety. Wear sunscreen. Avoid bug bites by using insect repellent. Ensure contaminated food or drinks don’t make you become ill.     
  6. MDHHS updates isolation & quarantine guidance

Based on current conditions and low numbers of new COVID-19 cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine guidance for Michigan residents, including for school settings.

This update does not change guidance for health care, long-term care, corrections and other high-risk settings, and these entities should continue to follow existing guidance. Recommendations may change as community level changes. Visit our website for Oakland County’s current local guidance.
February 8, 2022 8:28 AM

February 7, 2022

This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

CDC has been collaborating with global public health and industry partners to learn about Omicron.


The Omicron variant spreads more easily than the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Delta variant. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. 


Omicron infection generally causes less severe disease than infection with prior variants. Preliminary data suggest that Omicron may cause more mild disease, although some people may still have severe disease, need hospitalization, and could die from the infection with this variant.

COVID-19 vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19 and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. This includes primary series, booster shots and additional doses for those who need them. 


Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Some, but not all, monoclonal antibody treatments remain effective against Omicron. Public health agencies work with healthcare providers to ensure that effective treatments are used appropriately to treat patients.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

As of February 2, 2022, more than 88 million people across the United States have received a COVID-19 booster dose. However, 50% of people eligible for a booster dose have yet to get theirs. 


Everyone ages 5 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 booster shot. Get up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination today to help protect you and those you love.


If you need help scheduling your booster shot, contact the location that set up your previous appointment. If you need to get your booster shot in a location different from where you received your previous shot, there are several ways you can find a vaccine provider

Learn More


COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

Wastewater (sewage) surveillance is an important tool for tracking the spread of diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Many people with COVID-19 shed the virus in their feces, so studying wastewater can help us find COVID-19 in communities.


Learn more about what wastewater surveillance can tell us about COVID-19 in this week’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly.




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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

February 7, 2022

US states, territories, and District of Columbia have reported 76,415,622 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily. 


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC's COVID Data Tracker now has a Vaccinations tab to track distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in your state.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions



Learn More


January 27, 2022 3:02 PM


January 27, 2022  



Governor Whitmer Announces 10 Million Free KN95 Masks for Michiganders   

Highly-effective masks will help Michiganders protect themselves from COVID-19 


LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is distributing 10 million free KN95 masks to ensure Michiganders can protect themselves from COVID-19 as the state continues to face the Omicron variant. 


Free KN95 masks provided by MDHHS will be distributed by community organizations, including local MDHHS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices.  


“We have the tools and we know what works as we face down the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “By distributing 10 million highly-effective KN95 masks, we can keep families and communities safe. I encourage Michiganders to pick up a free KN95 mask at their local MDHHS office, public health department, or community organization. Together, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.” 


Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Find a distribution site at Michiganders are asked to refer to partner websites or social media sites to find out about mask availability as opposed to calling sites. 


“We are urging Michiganders to mask up to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from COVID-19,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “Wearing masks are important in helping limit the spread of COVID-19, particularly the easily spread omicron and delta variants. Today’s distribution of KN95 masks will help more Michiganders limit the spread of COVID to save lives and get back to normal sooner.” 


As of Jan. 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its consumer web page describing the types of masks and respirators used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. According to CDC, loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, while layered finely woven products offer more protection. 


Well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection. KN95 masks are similar to but should not be confused with N95 masks that are often used by health care workers as part of their work in higher-risk settings or as a replacement for NIOSH-approved respirators if required by your employer. 

In addition to MDHHS offices, local health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, the free masks are available from Community Action Agencies, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Some agencies will further distribute the masks to local partners such as homeless shelters. This is the second time the department has distributed KN95 masks for the public, having distributed 3.5 million masks in January 2021. 


The masks being provided by MDHHS are in addition to 400 million N95 masks being made available by the Biden administration to pharmacies and health centers from the Strategic National Stockpile. CVS, Costco, Meijer, Walgreens, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walmart and Sam's Club are among the many Michigan retailers that joined the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to begin free distribution of N95 masks.  


Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and


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January 19, 2022 12:40 PM

The City of Rochester continues to follow the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and is updating its website as new information and recommendations become available. 

The following is a summary of recent changes made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of January 14, 2022.

The CDC did the following:

  • Added information to present similar content for masks and respirators
  • Clarified that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s
  • Clarified that “surgical N95s” are a specific type of respirator that should be reserved for healthcare settings
  • Clarified that some types of masks and respirators provide more protection to the wearer than others

Click here for more information.
October 3, 2021 3:56 PM

The City continues to evaluate COVID, the various variants, the latest information regarding booster shots, as well as medical rules and guidance.  As of October 3, 2021, the City will continue with the same course of protective measures with the public and our employees that have been in place since this summer.  If things change, the City will update our website, post the changes on social media, inform our employees, as well as update the door signs at each of our buildings. 

June 27, 2021 11:35 PM

As of June 22, 2021, the City will continue asking for person not fully vaccinated to wear masks.  The City will also continue to maintain plexiglass and other barriers, as well as our additional cleaning procedures. 

May 20, 2021 10:21 PM

Starting May 20, 2021, if you are fully vaccinated (2 shots + 2 weeks) you do not need to wear a mask in a City building.  If you are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, please continue wearing a mask.

Starting on June 1, 2021, City Hall will return to our normal open hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Additionally, our Public Works will continue to be open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

With the opening of City Hall, public meetings will resume in June 2021.  Again, if you are fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask.  Non-vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated people will still need to wear a mask. (The City will also continue to allow public comment via phone and/or video; however, Council members and/or Commissioners will be in-person.  Details of how to participate by phone or video will be included with each agenda packet.)

April 29, 2021 3:57 PM

The City has extended the limited State of Emergency in order to allow for remote/virtual meetings to occur during the month of May 2021.

Additionally, City Hall will continue to be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Masks and other procedures are posted on the door. Please review prior to entering City Hall.

As more and more people are vaccinated, the City will continue to update our procedures and building availability/access.

Finally, the City has also updated our COVID-19 webpage, the most recent updates can be found on

April 2, 2021 2:14 PM

The City has declared a limited State of Emergency in order to allow for remote/virtual meetings to occur during the month of April 2021.

Additionally, starting in April, City Hall will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Masks and other procedures are posted on the door. Please review prior to entering City Hall.

As more and more people are vaccinated, the City will continue to update our procedures and building availability/access.

Finally, the City has also updated our COVID-19 webpage, the most recent updates can be found on

February 15, 2021 5:51 PM

Starting on February 15, 2021, City Hall will now be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

January 9, 2021 12:14 PM

Starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021, City Hall will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and continue to be open each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., until changed.

The City realizes that it might be easier to process pet licenses, various bills, and ticket payments in-person, thus the City is evaluating the above limited in-person hours to provide an additional option for residents and customers.

Staff in our City Hall and Public Works buildings will continue to meet with residents and customers by appointment. Please call:

o City Hall: (248) 651-9061
o Public Works: (248) 651-5165
o Police Department (non-emergency): (248) 651-9621

Or email: to schedule an appointment.

December 7, 2020 8:00 PM

City Hall and Public Works buildings will remain by appointment through at least January 4, 2021.