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.
Over these past weeks we have all watched as news of the spread of Coronavirus in China, other parts of Asia and across the globe has been thrust onto our TV screens. As Mayor, it is my goal to educate, detect, and prevent any potential threat to our community here in Warren.
These steps have been taken to protect the citizens of Warren during a potential threat to their health:
This virus also affects the economic stability of not only China but also the U.S. and the world. I think our companies may have to rethink investment in China.
The great economic boom that we have had may now have a downturn into a nasty recession because of the inability of the many plants in China to function because of this disease.
This could even affect the U.S. Presidential election in November. It currently affects the production of GM, Ford, and many other U.S. companies.
First, Warren residents should take comfort in knowing, health officials have informed us that the risk of Coronavirus to our community at this time remains low. Secondly, in a series of pro-active steps I have authorized City Administrators to implement a number of preventative measures.
There is still more to be learned
COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its
transmissibility, severity, and other features and what will happen in the United States. New information will further inform the risk assessment.
We will continue to work closely with all federal, state, county and other municipal partners to mitigate potential risk and immediately address any local signs of infection. Our residents can feel at ease knowing that their health and well-being is now and always will be my number-one priority. My administration, beginning with Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams, and all first responders are diligently working to ensure your safety.
Finally, my goal continues to be to serve and protect the citizens and visitors in Warren.
I WANT EVERYONE TO BE PREPARED NOT SCARED!