Eastpointe’s and Roseville’s city halls will be closed for at least two weeks following new orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Eastpointe’s and Roseville’s city halls will be closed for at least two weeks following new orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Eastpointe, Roseville communities react to new COVID guidelines

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 18, 2020

 The Eastpointe and Roseville school districts are both using remote learning for all grade levels after increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The Eastpointe and Roseville school districts are both using remote learning for all grade levels after increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — On Nov. 15, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued new emergency orders enacting a three-week period delaying indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an attempt to curb rapidly rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.

The restrictions went into effect Nov. 18. They included ordering restaurants to halt dine-in service. Indoor residential gatherings, which are capped at 10 people, can include no more than two households. Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people. Entertainment facilities such as theaters, bowling alleys and indoor water parks are ordered to stay closed again. Gyms and pools can stay open but not offer group classes.

Eastpointe City Manager Elke Doom said City Hall had previously been closed down as of Nov. 9 due to COVID-19 cases detected among the staff. She said she hopes to reopen the building after the designated two-week quarantine period.

“City Hall is currently closed until Nov. 23,” she said. “We will be open to the staff and public after that unless there are further confirmed cases here. We had an outbreak of COVID, so we had to close the building and put all employees in quarantine. We immediately had a deep cleaning of the building. After reading the new regulations, we can stay open as essential employees, since this includes police, fire and public works, etc. So we have strengthened our COVID response and added a few new safety procedures. We are posting questions for every employee of symptoms to make sure they are answering ‘no’ to all of them before they return to work. These measures are in place until further notice.”

In Roseville, City Manager Scott Adkins said the current circumstances with COVID-19 cases increasing once more are unfortunate and that the city will be doing all it can to keep functioning while taking all necessary safety precautions.

“City Hall had been closed to the public for the past few days because of reduced staff attributed to COVID-19,” he said in an email. “This was simply for safety and based on staff availability. Many staff members have either been exposed to COVID (directly or indirectly) and (have been) self quarantining, have had child care needs or in very few cases may have tested positive. We will be back open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 17. We are following all health protocols for mask wearing, distancing, cleaning and sanitizing, and limited public in City Hall (25 maximum). Of course operations may change based upon conditions or regulatory orders, we plan to remain open. Council meetings will be virtual starting (Nov. 17) for the immediate future as well as other public meetings. We also encourage the public to utilize online resources, online payments or drop boxes at City Hall.”

Eastpointe Community Schools are following the state guidelines released Nov. 15 and keeping all grades home for the time being.

“Eastpointe Community Schools will be ‘pausing’ in-person group instruction for all grades (preschool through 12th grades) starting Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Tuesday, Dec. 8 (three weeks),” Superintendent Ryan McLeod said in an email. “This means the last day of in-person instruction will be Tuesday, Nov. 17. Based on the current MDHHS order, we are planning to resume in-person group instruction for face-to-face students on Dec. 9. Despite record increases in COVID positivity rates in the community, our schools continue to have very few school associated cases. The 10 school associated cases we have experienced have been the result of exposure outside of the school environment. However, as cases of COVID increase in the community, we are seeing larger numbers of students and staff that are being required to quarantine. The demand for COVID testing has increased, people are experiencing longer waits for testing appointments, and the results are taking longer to come back. This is causing more staff and student absences that make it challenging to keep the doors of our schools open for in-person instruction.”

Roseville Community Schools also will be changing its course following the new regulations put forth by the state of Michigan. Mark Blaszkowski, the district’s superintendent, said in a statement that he is thankful for the understanding of all the families in Roseville.

“On Sunday night, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an executive order closing all 9-12 schools starting this Wednesday, Nov. 18. Unfortunately, here in our district the issue is more at the elementary schools with staff being quarantined. We had seven confirmed cases, and this does not include the staff who are close contacts and must be quarantined. (On Nov. 16), the board of education made the decision to return to ‘remote’ learning for all grades PK-12th grade starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. Despite our efforts to make it through this week we were put in a corner. This decision was not taken lightly as the board is not only concerned about the learning of our students, but they are also concerned about the safety of our students and staff. I can say that our staff is more experienced with remote learning and they continue to learn more every day on how to make the best of the remote environment.  Our teachers are ready to help you and assist your students. Our offices and administrators are at the buildings and are ready to assist you if you need anything. Thank you for your patience. Please remember to be safe, wear a mask and limit your exposure so you stay healthy for your families,” the statement read.

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