The health and safety of our residents is our priority. It is of utmost importance to us that we keep our residents informed and continue to conduct city business during these unprecedented times.
CITY HALL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND REMOTE WORK TO REACTIVATE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Governor Whitmer’s announcement Sunday 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.
- All branches of the Warren Public Library will also be closed to the public beginning November 20, 2020. All branches will be offering curbside service. For more information please see the library section below or visit WarrenLibrary.net.
- The Fitness Center and Lap Pool at the Warren Community Center are currently open by appointment. Please call (586)268-8400 to make your appointment.
COVID-19 testing is available by appointment at the following sites:
- Warren drive-through/walk up Testing
- Beaumont Urgent Care
- Address: 28550 Schoenherr Rd, Warren, MI 48088
- Phone: (586) 480-1685
- Beaumont Urgent Care is now offering drive-thru evaluation and testing (including antibody testing) for COVID-19 at select locations and by appointment. COVID-19 testing is only available for those that have been evaluated through our virtual visit platform (or curbside) and meet testing criteria. Beaumont Urgent Care accepts most insurances as well as self-pay options. Visit BeaumontUrgentCare.com for more info and click on the “Virtual Visit” button to begin a visit with a Beaumont provider.
To find other testing sites nearby, visit the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 Test Finder here.
If you are sick or believe that you have come in contact with someone that has COVID-19, it is very important to follow the guidelines put in place by the Center for Disease Control. Click here to view the CDC’s guidelines.
- Forgotten Harvest Food Distribution @ Warren City Hall – On Mondays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. (while supplies last). Parking lot opens at 8 a.m. (please do not arrive before this time). Warren residents that are unemployed or in need can go to the south parking lot of City Hall where volunteers will distribute free food packages in the trunks of vehicles.
- Mayor Fouts’ Emergency Food Hotline – Senior Warren residents as well as those with pre-existing conditions who are in need of food can call (586) 574-4526. Assistance will be coordinated with local food pantries and volunteers from Warren. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call the hotline, and leave a message indicating that you are able to assist along with your phone number.
- Senior To Go Meals – The Macomb Office of Senior Services is passing out brown bag lunches at two different sites in Macomb County. Meals will be available from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, at Stillwell Manor in Warren and the Mount Clemens Farmers’ Market. To qualify, you must be a Macomb County Resident, 60 years or older, with a photo ID. There will be a limit of one meal per person. For more information, click here.
- Gleaners’ Community Distribution Sites – Gleaners is expanding food distribution efforts to include additional drive-up mobile sites across the Metro Detroit area. To see this week’s locations and schedule, click here.
- School Breakfasts and Lunches – Warren’s School Districts are making sure their students are still eating daily. Many schools are even offering drive-thru meal pickup, giving five breakfasts and five lunches per student each week. To see what your school district is offering, visit the following links:
The City of Warren has allocated $475,000 in Community Development Block Grant Cares Act (CDBG-CV) funding for grants to qualified microenterprises that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. CDBG-CV funds must be used to prevent, prepare for or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this funding the City intends to provide short-term working capital assistance to existing microenterprises to enable the retention of jobs held by low to moderate income persons. See the City of Warren Microenterprise Assistance Program Guidelines for more details.
The City of Warren will be accepting applications online for the ‘Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program’ from September 1st-30th. Up to $10,000 of assistance is available for businesses with 5 or less employees including the owner who must be income qualified.
If you are interested, please visit the following link for more information and to apply: https://business.macombgov.org/business-Microenterprise-Assistance-Grant-Program
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to a fake page used for malicious re-directs and credential stealing.
Small business owners and organizations at all levels should review the alert and apply the recommended mitigations to strengthen the security posture of their systems. We encourage you to share this alert with anyone who might be able to use it.
- When a resident calls 9-1-1, the dispatcher will ask specific questions in regards to COVID-19: whether you suspect you have symptoms, or if a family member has symptoms, etc.
- When police/fire arrive, they will be utilizing safe distancing, masks and gloves, while interviewing you about your symptoms. When one police officer or firefighter enters the house, they’ll decipher after taking vitals on how to help you.
- Police and Fire Departments request in order to help facilitate the 9-1-1 interaction, please be on your front porch, if able, when police or fire arrive.
Are there drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Warren?
- Mayor Fouts is actively working on acquiring this for Warren.
Where can I find information on how elections will be handled during COVID-19?
- For information regarding elections and voting, please scroll down or visit the City Clerk’s page.
Are City Council, board, and commission meetings still being held?
- Many city meetings are taking place via Zoom, in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order. These meetings are open to the public. For a list of upcoming meetings and the Zoom meeting information, click here.
How can I pay my water bill or taxes while City Hall is closed?
- Your water bill and taxes can be paid online, by mail, or by using the Payment Dropbox located behind City Hall. For information on how to pay online, please visit the Treasurer’s page.
I am out of work and can’t pay my water bill. Is my water going to get shut off?
- Mayor Fouts has placed a moratorium on water shutoffs.
How can I renew my dog license while City Hall is closed?
- Dog licenses can currently be renewed by mail. You can find the dog license application and payment information here. For more information, please visit the City Clerk’s page.
Will the Farmers’ Market be happening this year?
- Parks and Recreation is in the process of contacting vendors and are planning for July, based on the Governor’s Executive Orders.
It’s my child’s birthday. How can I get the Police and/or Fire Department to drive past my home?
- To contact the Warren Police Department about your child’s birthday, please call (586) 574-4877 and provide your child’s name, age, address, and the time of the request. To contact the Warren Fire Department about your child’s birthday, please call (586) 756-2800.
Where can I find information on Mental Health Resources?
- ‘Mental Health Resources’ can be found below on the COVID-19 page.
What about SMART Bus Info?
- We have a link for ‘Smart Bus Information’ on the COVID-19 page under the heading ‘Helpful Links’ or you can click here.
Where can I find a list of restaurants that are open for carry-out?
- A link to a ‘List of Restaurants Open for Take Out from Chamber’ is available on the COVID-19 page under ‘Helpful Links’
Do you have any resources available for the homeless population or regarding shelters?
- 211 United Way is the best resource for this and is where we have directed many individuals in need. This can be found on the COVID-19 page also under ‘Helpful Links’ or by clicking here.
- Current Warren COVID-19 Actions (11/19/2020)
- FREE COVID-19 Testing at Warren City Hall Every Thursday and Every Saturday (11/17/2020)
- City of Warren – Remote Work to Reactivate on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (11/16/2020)
- Warren City Hall Closed to Visitors Due to COVID-19 Spike (11/8/2020)
- City of Warren COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
- Free COVID-19 Testing at Warren City Hall Every Thursday through the End of the Year
- Free Warren COVID-19 Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Testing Thursday, September 3, 2020 11AM-3PM PLEASE RSVP
- Warren City Hall will be Opening by Appointment Only Starting Monday, August 31, 2020
- Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program
- Free Warren COVID-19 Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Testing Later Hours! Thursday, August 20, 2020 2PM-6PM Please RSVP
- Free COVID-19 Mobile Testing in Warren Aug. 6, 2020
- Free COVID-19 Mobile Testing in Warren July 9, 2020
- Warren COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Friday, June 19, 2020 11AM-3PM
- Warren Mayor to Businesses: Protect Your Employees and Customers Against COVID-19 or Face Fines (5/6/2020)
- Mayor Fouts Announces Additional Food Assistance (4/20/2020)
- From Mayor Fouts – Helpful Links (4/16/2020)
- Update from Mayor Fouts Regarding Forgotten Harvest Food Assistance (4/13/2020)
- Update from Mayor Fouts on Warren Sanitation Efforts – Lawn Mowing (4/10/2020)
- Update from Mayor Fouts on COVID-19 Concerns/Questions (4/8/2020)
- Update from Mayor Fouts Regarding Additional Food Assistance (4/5/2020)
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Establishes Warren Emergency Food Hotline During COVID-19 Crisis (3/25/2020)
- A Special Message from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to Our Loyal and Critically Important Employees (3/23/2020)
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Declares a State of Emergency (3/19/2020)
- Update from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Regarding Warren Closures/Actions Pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/13/2020)
- COVID-19 Action by Mayor Fouts (3/12/2020)
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to Announce Actions Warren will be Taking in Regards to COVID-19 (3/12/2020)
- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Prepares Warren For Influenza String A And Coronavirus (COVID-19) (2/26/2020)
Beginning November 9th, residents can become members to use the Warren Community Center. Monthly and annual memberships are available.
The Warren Community Center will be Open Beginning September 14, 2020.
New Hours for the Community Center:
All Warren Community Center yearly members, resident Silver Sneakers, resident Silver and Fit, and resident monthly members:
- Beginning October 5 the fitness center is available by appointment only on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 5 – 8 p.m. Morning & evening group fitness classes are available by appointment only limited to 10 people per class.
- Beginning October 5 the pool will be available for lap swimming by appointment only on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 5 – 8 p.m. Water aerobics is available by appointment only.
- All activities are by appointment only. NO Drop-in hours. Please call (586) 268-8400 to schedule an appointment or any questions.
Before attending any City of Warren Parks and Recreation programming, please review the following questions:
- Have you had any of the following over the past 24 hours?
- Temperature is or has been greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius)?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Repeated shaking with chills?
- Muscle pain?
- Sore throat?
- New loss of taste or smell?
- Close contact with person with any of the above symptoms or known COVID-19?
If you answered “no” to all questions you will be allowed to participate. If you answered “yes” to any of the symptoms listed above contact your personal physician.
What if I’m not ready to return just yet or want to cancel my account?
- We know that some of you might not feel comfortable coming back to the center right away. We understand and want to provide you with additional options. All memberships are currently frozen. Your membership will be reactivated upon your first visit back to the Warren Community Center. You may cancel your account if you wish to do so. Please contact the membership staff directly at (586) 258-2050.
What if I need to make other changes to my membership account?
- If you need additional assistance, our Membership Team is available by phone only, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. We appreciate your patience as we process your requests in the order they were received.
All Warren Public Library locations will be closing to the public beginning Friday, November 20 due to the recent spike in COVID-19.
Curbside pickup will be resuming at all locations. Staff will be available to answer phone calls and take reference questions.
The hours of curbside service at each branch are as follows:
Civic Center Branch:
Monday, Wednesday 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Call 586-751-0770 to schedule a pickup
Arthur Miller Branch:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Call 586-751-5377 to schedule a pickup
Dorothy Busch Branch:
Monday, Wednesday 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Call 586-353-0580 to schedule a pickup
Maybelle Burnette Branch (Civic Center South):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 – 6:30 pm
Call 586-353-0579 to schedule a pickup
Curbside pickup will be ongoing at least to December 4, 2020.
For more information, please visit WarrenLibrary.net.
Residents who wish to host a garage sale MUST continue to practice social distancing by doing the following:
- Set up tables and chairs six feet apart.
- Clearly mark with signs/tape the directions people/traffic has to flow on your property.
- Garage Sale permittee and customers must wear masks and disposable gloves at all times during browsing and sale.
- Ask customers to stand in a line, while spread apart, during a high traffic times.
- Only 2-3 customers can be in the garage/yard/driveway at once.
- Make sure all merchandise is washed and dried and/or wiped down with a disinfectant product before placing on a table or chair for sale.
- Wipe down all tables and chairs using disinfectant at the end of the day or in the morning before the next day of the sale starts.
To apply for a Garage Sale License, please click here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. Based on scientific evidence available, the FDA concluded, as outlined in its decision memorandum, this product may be effective in treating COVID-19 and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.
Action follows the FDA’s extensive review of the science and data generated over the past several months stemming from efforts to facilitate emergency access to convalescent plasma for patients as clinical trials to definitively demonstrate safety and efficacy remain ongoing.
The EUA authorizes the distribution of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in the U.S. and its administration by health care providers, as appropriate, to treat suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary:
“The FDA’s emergency authorization for convalescent plasma is a milestone achievement in President Trump’s efforts to save lives from COVID-19,” said Secretary Azar. “The Trump Administration recognized the potential of convalescent plasma early on. Months ago, the FDA, BARDA, and private partners began work on making this product available across the country while continuing to evaluate data through clinical trials. Our work on convalescent plasma has delivered broader access to the product than is available in any other country and reached more than 70,000 American patients so far. We are deeply grateful to Americans who have already donated and encourage individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating convalescent plasma.”
Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., FDA Commissioner:
“I am committed to releasing safe and potentially helpful treatments for COVID-19 as quickly as possible in order to save lives. We’re encouraged by the early promising data that we’ve seen about convalescent plasma. The data from studies conducted this year shows that plasma from patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 has the potential to help treat those who are suffering from the effects of getting this terrible virus,” said Dr. Hahn. “At the same time, we will continue to work with researchers to continue randomized clinical trials to study the safety and effectiveness of convalescent plasma in treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus.”
Scientific Evidence on Convalescent Plasma
Based on an evaluation of the EUA criteria and the totality of the available scientific evidence, the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research determined that the statutory criteria for issuing an EUA criteria were met.
The FDA determined that it is reasonable to believe that COVID-19 convalescent plasma may be effective in lessening the severity or shortening the length of COVID-19 illness in some hospitalized patients. The agency also determined that the known and potential benefits of the product, when used to treat COVID-19, outweigh the known and potential risks of the product and that that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternative treatments.
The EUA is not intended to replace randomized clinical trials and facilitating the enrollment of patients into any of the ongoing randomized clinical trials is critically important for the definitive demonstration of safety and efficacy of COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The FDA continues to recommend that the designs of ongoing randomized clinical trials of COVID-19 convalescent plasma and other therapeutic agents remain unaltered, as COVID-19 convalescent plasma does not yet represent a new standard of care based on the current available evidence.
Terms of EUA
The EUA requires that fact sheets providing important information about using COVID-19 convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19 be made available to health care providers and patients, including dosing instructions and potential side effects. Possible side effects of COVID-19 convalescent plasma include allergic reactions, transfusion-associated circulatory overload, and transfusion associated lung injury, as well as the potential for transfusion-transmitted infections.
Mayo Clinic Expanded Access Program
The FDA initially facilitated access to convalescent plasma for treating COVID-19 by using pathways that included traditional clinical trials and emergency single-patient investigational new drug (IND) applications.
An Expanded Access Program for convalescent plasma was initiated in early April to fill an urgent need to provide patient access to a medical product of possible benefit during a time that the FDA was working with researchers to facilitate the initiation of randomized clinical trials to study convalescent plasma. As the number of single patient IND requests started to number in the hundreds on a daily basis, the FDA worked collaboratively with industry, academic, and government partners to implement an expanded access protocol to provide convalescent plasma to patients in need across the country via the national expanded access treatment protocol. The program was developed with funding from the HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), with the Mayo Clinic serving as the lead institution. To date, the program has facilitated the infusion of over 70,000 patients with convalescent plasma.
The EUA was issued to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
The EUA remains in effect until the termination of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of drugs and biologics for prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The EUA may be revised or revoked if it is determined the EUA no longer meets the statutory criteria for issuance.
“Flushable wipes,” household disinfecting wipes, latex gloves, and other products all create blockages in household pipes and municipal sewer systems and should never be flushed down the toilet. Only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed.
For more information, visit the One Water website.
- Unemployment Assistance
- Stimulus Check Information (Economic Impact Payment)
- How To Find Remote, Online, and Gig Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- DTE Business Resources & Payment Plans
- Stress & Coping Information from the CDC
- Mental Health Resources
- Free Diapers through the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank
- MSHDA – Eviction Diversion Program (EDP)
- SMART Bus Information
- 211 United Way
- Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC)
- Area Agency on Aging 1B
- Social Distancing Apps for Seniors
- List of Restaurants Open for Takeout from Chamber
- Mesothelioma Cancer and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Five Things for Patients to Know
- State of Michigan Executive Orders & Executive Directives
- COVID-19 Small Business Support Program
- MEDC Small Business Grant – Click link for eligibility criteria and application for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Small Business Grant. You can ask for up to $20K. At least 30% of the funds will be awarded to women, minority or veteran owned eligible businesses.
- SBA Disaster Assistance – For business inquiries about funding for the COVID-19 recovery go to SBA.gov/disaster, there is a large COVID-19 tab at the top and it gives information about the economic injury disaster loan program. There are additional tabs that give additional funding resources that includes the PPE. For questions before, during, and after the application process you can call (800) 659-2955.
- Macomb County Sustainability Program
- COVID-19 Impact Survey for Businesses
- COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits
- Michigan Municipal League Bridge Builder Microgrants
- AT&T Access Offer
- FREE Masks
- Coronavirus Relief Water and Plumbing Repair (CRF)
- Ascension – Special Edition Newsletter – October 2020
- Southeast Michigan Community Health Virtual Classes
- COVID-19 Plasma Trials at Wayne State University: Brochure 1, Brochure 2
A list of health resources for senior citizens concerned about COVID-19.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has put together a fact sheet on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read that fact sheet here.
ACL also runs the Eldercare Locator, which connects you to services for older adults and their families. Visit the Eldercare Locator by clicking here or by calling (800) 677-1116.
One of our excellent regional resources for seniors is the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA1B), which serves our counties in Southeast Michigan. AAA1B can facilitate in-home care and will work with you and your family to ensure your needs are met. To contact AAA1B, fill out an online form here or call (800) 852-7795 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Additionally, in response to the shutdowns across the country, Medicare has expanded its coverage to include telehealth services. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, talk to your provider or physician about available telehealth options that may allow you to do the following from home:
- Refill a prescription
- Receive a diagnosis
- Acces mental health services
For more information and resources related to the coronavirus, call the Macomb County Health Department COVID-19 helpline at (586) 463-3750.