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Sterling Heights extends closure through at least April 13

A Department of Public Works worker places a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school, in Walpole, Mass., Friday, March 20, 2020, out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A Department of Public Works worker places a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school, in Walpole, Mass., Friday, March 20, 2020, out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer announced a “stay-at-home” order on Monday and it went into effect on Tuesday at midnight.

It will last for at least the next three weeks. Individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances.

READ: Michigan reaches 1,791 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, 24 deaths

Due to that order the city of Sterling Heights will extend the closure of municipal buildings through at least April 13.

The affected buildings include:

  • City Hall
  • Sterling Heights Public Library
  • Community Center
  • Senior Center
  • Nature Center
  • Department of Public Works
  • Recycling Centers
  • Although the major and neighborhood parks remain open, amenities such as park pavilions, playscapes, basketball courts, the skate park and soccer fields are closed. Park restrooms are also closed.

Major and neighborhood parks will remain open but park pavilions, playscapes, basketball courts, skate park and the soccer fields are closed. Restrooms are also closed.

Curbside trash and recycling service will continue on normally scheduled pick-up days. All 41-A District Court dockets that are scheduled at City Hall are cancelled.

Residents with questions are encouraged to email cityhall@sterling-heights.net.

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“We know these are difficult and uncertain times, but we urge our residents to remain patient. The safety of our community is at stake, and limited contact with others is the only effective defense against the spread of COVID-19,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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