Romulus declares State of Emergency, takes steps to address COVID-19 pandemic


Posted by Huron Hub staff on Monday, March 16, 2020 -- 6:00 PM EST

Mayor LeRoy D. Burcroff has officially declared a State of Emergency in the City of Romulus in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Officials say due to the city’s unique location with multiple forms of transportation and transient populations, declaring a State of Emergency allows the city access to additional funding and resources to respond to its increased risk to the virus. 

The city said it encourages all residents to continue to follow the preventative measures that have been shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 symptoms include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the State of Michigan’s coronavirus hotline at 888-535-6136. If residents experience any symptoms, they are highly encouraged to contact a physician for counsel on treatment options and to stay home to protect others.

“The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our primary focus,” said Mayor Burcroff. “We will continue monitoring developments and work swiftly in partnership with local, state and federal health and government officials to do all we can to protect our residents at this time. Our collective public health depends on the actions of each individual resident—I ask that we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.” 

City municipal buildings will remain open by appointment only, and residents can continue to access city services at www.romulusgov.com and by phone at 734-942-7500 during regular office hours.

However, non-essential city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th at noon, including the Romulus City Hall, Department of Public Works Building and the Animal Shelter.

The Romulus Senior Center will be closed to the public, but will continue providing services to older residents, including Meals on Wheels and commodities/focus hope distribution by appointment only. All public events and activities will be postponed or cancelled until further notice.

Romulus Public Library declared their closure beginning March 16th and the Romulus Athletic Center also closed on Monday in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-9.

“We are committed to continuing to provide exemplary service to our residents during this time of uncertainty,” said Burcroff. “We must all support each other to find solutions and work together.”

Romulus has created a webpage where residents can access relevant updates at http://romulusgov.com/coronavirus_response/index.php.


 

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