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Macomb Township announces COVID-19 mitigation measures

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 16, 2020

 Several mitigation measures regarding the coronavirus situation were declared March 12 in Macomb Township. All public buildings will be sprayed with disinfectant using electronic spray technology, and the Parks and Recreation Department has canceled all programs within the department through May 1.

Several mitigation measures regarding the coronavirus situation were declared March 12 in Macomb Township. All public buildings will be sprayed with disinfectant using electronic spray technology, and the Parks and Recreation Department has canceled all programs within the department through May 1.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Add Macomb Township to the list of municipalities trying to be proactive in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

The measures were declared March 12 following the announcement of Michigan’s first presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Macomb Township received recommendations from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services designed to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“These recommendations apply at the individual, organizational and community levels,” a press release from the township states. “As your local officials, it is crucial that we plan for the potential community transmission of COVID-19 and take the necessary precautions to protect our residents and staff.”

The following actions are effective immediately and until further notice:

• All public buildings will be sprayed with disinfectant multiple times per week using electronic spray technology, which covers up to 18,000 square feet per hour.

• The Parks and Recreation Department has canceled all programs within the department through May 1.

• The senior center is closed and senior programs are canceled.

• On March 13, it was announced that the Macomb Township Recreation Center is closed indefinitely.

Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said conversations began among township officials soon after the first Michigan case of COVID-19 was declared.

“We have to be responsive to our citizens and employees,” she said. “There are an awful lot of people who go in and out of these doors, more so at the rec center.”

Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi said public safety and wellness is the township’s first priority, which played a part in acting in a swift manner with the measures.

“The governor’s state of emergency announcement and the schools closing announcement, as elected officials and leaders, it’s our responsibility to take the precautionary measures to put everyone’s safety and wellness first,” Pozzi said.

The press release states that all residents are discouraged from conducting business within Town Hall that can otherwise be conducted via U.S. Mail, drop box or online at Macomb-mi.gov.

All travel for township business has been canceled, while the Fire Department and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office are coordinating response plans for potential COVID-19 contact with emergency response agencies and health care agencies from across the county.

Dunn said that from what she has seen in her lifetime, this situation is unprecedented.

“We’ve never had anything like this happen, and we are treading carefully,” she said.

Dunn said that in her time in township government, this is the first time Macomb Township has received a state directive regarding a health situation.

In the township, elected officials are taking measures to afford paid sick time to employees who may be at high risk or show symptoms of COVID-19. Continuous cleaning and disinfecting will occur on a daily basis. Steps are also being taken to ensure that township employees can work from home if needed.

Pozzi added that it’s important for Americans to learn from the countries that have been devastated by the virus, and to try to be proactive and do things differently than other countries.

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