Tracking a 'new normal' Oakland County declares state of emergency

Federal, state and local officials all continue to monitor the ever changing state of the coronavirus.

"This is a new normal," said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter.

 And in Oakland County that means declaring a State of Emergency.
"It gives us broader powers to move county resources around and opens door to federal reimbursement dollars should those dollars become available," said Coulter. "We also fully activated our emergency operations center which simply allows us more ability on 24/7 basis," 


Staying proactive comes as state officials announced two additional presumed positive cases of coronavirus in Oakland County.

"Both are at home in isolation," said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director.

The new cases are two men, one who does not have any known travel history, and the other person who has history of domestic travel.
Officials are alerting people who may have been in contact with either of the two at places that include Detroit Metro Airport on March 1st and 4th.
There's also a presumed positive case out of Washtenaw County, who is a teacher who is employed in Oakland County.

As the fight against Coronavirus continues, a county hotline has been launched to answer questions.

"Any question related to pandemic at all, I want to encourage our residents to call a brand new hotline at 248-858-1000," said Coulter. "We also have a nurse on call program and they can call us before going to hospital."
But doctors say you can do your part, proper hand washing and sneezing and coughing into your elbow, instead of hands. 

"You should also practice social distancing," Faust said. "Maintain a distance of at least six feet as you go out into the public."

As local leaders continue to educate the community they don't want you to panic 

"This is a short term disruption in our lives, it won't last forever," Coulter said.

Friday, the Oakland County Health Division released a list of potential exposure sites relating to its three current patients. You can see that list here

Michigan Exposure list:


Sunday, March 8:

Burger King, 1515 E Grand River Ave, Portland, 3:45-4:00 p.m.


Friday, March 6:

Poole's Tavern, 157 E Main St., Northville, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7:

MSA Woodland, 2100 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse, 3776 28th SE, Kentwood, 4:30-6:15 p.m.

Sunday, March 8:

Subway, 6260 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Jimmy Johns, 5925 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 5:

Burger King, 27700 23 Mile Rd, Chesterfield Township, 12:15-12:35 p.m.

White Castle, 27760 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, 12:15-12:35 p.m.


Thursday, March 5:

Hobby Lobby, 4715 24th Ave., #100, Fort Gratiot Township, 1:00 p.m.


Friday, March 6:

Tap Room, 201 W Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 9

The Hair Spot, 1512 North Maple Road,  Ann Arbor from 5:15 to 5:45 pm

The Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 North Washington, Ann Arbor from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.


Detroit Metro Airport on the following dates: Sunday, March 1 (exact time not determined), Wednesday, March 4 (exact time not determined), Monday March 9 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Friday, March 6:

Poole's Tavern, 157 E Main St., Northville, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7:

USA Hockey Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter.