Photo: Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley
UPDATE: As of March 24 at 2 p.m. there were 1,791 COVID-19 cases in Michigan, including 34 in Genesee County. For daily updates, visit michigan.gov/coronavirus.
UPDATE: As of March 23 following the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan doubling over the weekend, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay at home order. There were 1,328 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan (including 23 Genesee County cases).
In light of the increasing spread of coronavirus locally and statewide, Mayor Sheldon Neeley issued an advisory recommending all residents self-impose shelter in place guidelines for themselves and their families on March 22.
As of March 22, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services had reported 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County and 1,035 statewide. There have been eight deaths in Michigan due to the virus.
“To protect your own health and the health of others, I ask everyone to please begin self-imposing shelter in place guidelines immediately,” Mayor Neeley said.
“If you need groceries or medicine, of course you should get them. If you do not need to leave the house, don’t. Stay home. Stay safe,” Neeley added.
The advisory asks all residents to take proactive steps to protect their health and those around them as individuals can be carriers of COVID-19 and infect others without having symptoms.
It does not stop residents from obtaining groceries and medicines or going to work. It does not force the closure of any business. It does not interfere with the city of Flint’s ongoing commitment to serve residents throughout this crisis, according to the city.
Mayor Neeley declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020 and closed city hall to the public on March 17, 2020.
Some city of Flint employees already are working from home, but many others are continuing to report to work as usual to make sure city services continue without interruption.
All city departments remain operational and available to serve residents. Contact information can be found at the city’s COVID-19 information page: www.cityofflint.com/covid-19.
The shelter in place advisory recommends all Flint residents: Stay home as much as possible and maintain a social distance of six feet from anyone who does not live in the same household when they must leave home for any reason (including shopping and reporting to work). Outdoor exercise also remains an option so long as social distancing is maintained.
Businesses are strongly encouraged to offer delivery and carry out service to customers. For businesses that remain open to the public, six foot distancing should be maintained throughout the business including lines.
Residents also are reminded that a list of community resources is available at www.cityofflint.com/community-resrouces. This page is part of the city’s ongoing, comprehensive response to this local, state, and national emergency. For more information, go to www.cityofflint.com/covid-19.
Residents in need of a water filter, replacement cartridge, water test or water service reconnection should call (810) 410-2020 for help.