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Coronavirus Resources Frequently Asked Questions

 

We continue to get your questions posed to the State of Michigan and have passed them along to the Governor’s office. We are posting the questions for which we have answers below.

Many of the questions we are getting from our members to the Governor’s office are related to the Open Meetings Act and whether local governments can meet virtually during this COVID-19 crisis. Please know, the League is working fervently with the Governor’s office and the Legislature to quickly address this issue. In the meantime, here is a statement we issued to the media from League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin on this topic:

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SOM = answer from the State of Michigan
MML = answer from the Michigan Municipal League

Personnel – First Responders
1. Our EMS crews only have a small supply of N95 masks/respirators, and they are in short supply from many vendors. Are there reserved supplies that are only available to first responders?

Answer-SOM: All requests for equipment, resources, and supplies should be routed through the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). Local and county law enforcement agencies and governmental units should contact their county Emergency Manager for submitting a resource request to MiCIMS. If they are unable to reach their county emergency manager, then they may contact their district Michigan State Police Emergency Management Coordinator with questions. Ultimately, all requests need to be entered by their county Emergency Manager.

Personnel – General
1. What is the state health department phone number or hotline that cities can call for help in determining the risk and recommended actions to take for employees potentially exposed toCOVID-19. When and whether to tell a person to stay home and for how long, etc. in various scenarios such as returning from travel abroad or exposed within 6 feet to a confirmed case.

Answer-SOM: Employees that feel sick can call the MDHHS hotline: 1-888-535-6136. Please follow the advice of medical professionals when it comes to protecting employees and workplaces.

Executive Orders – Enforcement
1. What is the role of city police officers in enforcing the governor's executive orders?

Answer-SOM: EmLocal law enforcement may take enforcement action on executive orders consistent with MCL 10.33 and MCL 30,405(3), a willful violation of this order shall constitute a misdemeanor.

Non-Essential Services
1. Is it up to the health department to close non-essential businesses, churches, and social gatherings? The city? The state? Who makes this call? Some are voluntarily closing but most aren’t.

Answer-SOM: To mitigate the spread mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, the governor determined it is reasonable and necessary to impose limited and temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation. Please see EO 2020-09.

2. Many parents are taking kids to our public playgrounds for exer cise, but we don't have an effective way of sanitizing or ensuring there are small numbers gatherings. Should we close our parks? We reached out to our Health Dept, but they have not responded yet.

Answer-SOM: A park is a single shared space, and therefore subject to the Governor’s EO 2020-11. No more than 50 people may be at a park at a single time. For any further limitation of access to parks and playgrounds, local government officials should work with community health officials.

3. Jetting involves using high pressure water to clean debris from the sewers. Should Public Works Departments refrain from sanitary sewer cleaning/jetting operations during this time? Should cleaning/jetting be reserved for emergencies only?

Answer-SOM: According to the CDC, transmission of COVID-19 by way of sewage is possible though th risk is low. Please visit the CDC's website for more information. When in doubt, limit exposure to the greatest extent possible.

 

 

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