Number of COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Grosse Pointes

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 29, 2020

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GROSSE POINTES — Local officials are urging residents to make sure they’re still taking safety precautions, such as washing hands and wearing masks in public places, after a recent uptick of cases of COVID-19 in the Grosse Pointes.

On June 26, Grosse Pointe Park issued a public notice stating that of 76 new cases discovered in the county that day, 12 were from the Park. The Wayne County Health Department is tracking the number of COVID-19 cases in communities throughout the county other than Detroit.

“For the last week or so, the counts in the Grosse Pointes have been increasing by about 10 to 15 in total after having been stable for about a month,” the Park statement reads, in part.

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as of June 28, the Wayne County Health Department was reporting that Grosse Pointe Shores had experienced 15 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, Grosse Pointe City had 46 cases and three deaths, Grosse Pointe Farms had 61 cases and four deaths, Grosse Pointe Park had 70 cases and seven deaths, and Grosse Pointe Woods had 120 cases and 18 deaths.

Park officials are asking residents to take the following steps, as recommended by medical professionals, to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

• Stay home if you’re sick.

• Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when you’re sneezing or coughing.

• Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet from other people.

• Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, using soap and warm water.

• Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes.

Expect hearings of planning commissions, city councils and the like to continue to be conducted remotely, at least through July. On June 18, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her executive order allowing public meetings such as sessions of city councils to take place by phone or online video conferencing apps such as Zoom. The order remains in effect through July 31. 

“As we continue our efforts to flatten the curve and prevent a second wave of COVID-19, it’s important for public bodies to be able to continue holding meetings and the public to participate in those meetings,” Whitmer said in a press release. “By allowing for remote meetings, public bodies and residents can continue practicing safe social distancing while also ensuring meetings remain open, accessible and transparent to the public.”