Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


We are continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the MI Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest info and guidance regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that has now spread to the United States. It is mild for most people but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.

How it Spreads
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.

The most important thing you can do is to practice everyday healthy behaviors that prevent the spread of germs.


These actions don't just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease. For more information and tips, visit the CDC's Important Ways to Slow the Spread.

Click here for resources on how to plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings

For more information and tips, visit the CDC's When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.

Choosing Safer Activities
The CDC has provided recommendations for participating in activities for those vaccinated and unvaccinated. View the infographic below to learn more. 

Variants and Genomic Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2

What is a variant?
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.

Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them.

To learn more visit the CDC's About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19​​.

To learn more about the CDC's surveillance of the variants.  

When you're sick, stay home! Don't spread infections to others. When you're sick with any respiratory illness:

  • Stay home. Don't go to school or work.
  • Minimize contact with others in your household.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow rather than your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, phones, and faucets.

Symptoms of COVID-19
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting ANY medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • colds
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • joint and muscle pain

Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have: 

  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread

Check out the CDC Fact Sheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Rumor Control:
FEMA has provided information to the public to help distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Click here to learn more. 

Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We 
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease, are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. You can reduce stigma if you:

  • Rely on and share trusted sources of information
  • Speak up if you hear, see or read misinformation
  • Show support for impacted individuals and communities
Learn more about social stigma and how to reduce it from the CDC

Combatting Fraud
The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis.

Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures or tests for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at

Learn more about what the Department of Justice is doing

Learn more about what the Federal Trade Commission is doing

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has provided an overview of coronavirus disinformation and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of sharing inaccurate information with your friends and family. Learn more at

Several countries are experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to these countries. If you have trips planned, check the latest CDC travel guidelines.

The information above is provided by the CDC, State of Michigan, and Oakland County Public Health. 


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