Governor Whitmer’s announcement has prompted the City of Warren to take immediate action to help reverse the record number of cases and deaths in Michigan. Effective this Wednesday, all departments in the city will reactivate the remote work plans beginning on Wednesday. Mayor Fouts had ordered these plans into effect earlier this year. Most employees* will be working from home and those that work inside will be required to wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize while at city hall. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Warren has been at the forefront of successfully combating COVID-19 and Mayor Fouts intends to keep us in a leadership position to protect our employees and the community while continuing to deliver effective city services to our residents. All hands-on deck meaning that all of us need to follow the simple protocol of masks, sanitizing and social distancing. Masks are to protect others and yourself with a recent study indicating it’s the single most important factor to stop the spread of this virus.
*We are requiring most employees to work from home unless they are absolutely needed at city hall.
Below is a list of actions I have immediately issued to protect Warren citizens:
1) Moratorium on Water shutoffs.
2) Friday Closure of Warren Community Center, Fitzgerald Recreation Center, and Owen Jax Center thru the end of March. Transportation for seniors and those with special needs will remain active. Meals on Wheels at Owen Jax will also tentatively remain active. Civic Theatre Productions on hold.
3) Fire and Police have protocol for assessing potential patients with coronavirus.
4) All non-essential persons prohibited from senior housing facilities at Stilwell and Joseph Coach. All gatherings for various activities such as St. Patrick’s Day, Bingo, Euchre, and other such events cancelled.
5) Human Resources will be issuing guidelines to all employees regarding proper steps to take to limit exposure.
6) Building Maintenance will have stepped up efforts to sanitize all publicly utilized areas, including railings, elevators, door knobs and counter tops. This includes repeated cleaning throughout the day.
7) All children’s toys have been removed from Libraries and additional efforts have been issued involving cleaning kiosks and keyboards, and patrons will be scanning their own library cards.
8) City inspectors also have protocol in place to assess the homes/facilities before they enter.
I have met with several religious leaders and school officials and both have taken proper precautionary efforts and will cooperate and collaborate with the city to protect their parishioners. I will discuss more of this later.
Can be reached at Office 586-574-4520, Mobile 586-481-0545, Home 586-573-8058.
Mayor James R. Fouts
City of Warren
One City Square- Suite 215
Warren, MI 48093-6726