Rochester’s Pest House Was an Early Answer to Outbreaks of Disease

As we cope with the various levels of disruption in our daily routines made necessary by the response to the COVID-19 virus, it is interesting to look back at the way contagious disease was handled in our community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In small communities like Rochester, there were no hospitals at the time. A village might be fortunate enough to have a physician or two in residence, but there were no cures and few effective therapies available for the primary … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Judge Warren Calls for Fundamental School Reform in Light of Coronavirus

The coronavirus has thrown our entire society in disarray, and no less poignant an example exists than our K-12 public schools. The closure of schools across the country has stopped the normal learning process dead in its tracks. In a valiant attempt to continue, many districts have sought to leverage long distance learning. Unfortunately, weaknesses in the law, technological infrastructure, and teacher preparation, as well as inequities among students, are barriers to success. For example, the … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor Directs all Non-Critical Businesses to Temporarily Close, all Michiganders to Stay Home or Six Feet Away from Others During COVID-19 Crisis Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical … [Read more...]

How the Coronavirus has Exposed the Need to Embrace the Information Age in K-12 Education

With the coronavirus, schools across America are scrambling to put together a hodgepodge of solutions to continue teaching for learning while their buildings are closed. Many are valiantly attempting to leverage technology to create on-line and virtual learning opportunities. Unfortunately, weaknesses in technological infrastructure, teacher preparation shortfalls, inequities among students, and ill-equipped students and parents are barriers to success. The information highway has more than one … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine?

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine and How Does it Work? Sincerely, Youno Touchme   Dear Youno, Ah, yes, another coronavirus question. They just keep coming in. It's like all my readers are stuck inside without much to do. And since most of my readers are older like me, that's a normal day without a health crisis. Every new scare offers the world new terms. 2020 will be remembered as bringing us self-quarantine, self-monitor, and social distancing. But what's the … [Read more...]

Oakland County to Waive Online Transaction Fees for Various County Services

Customers who use Oakland County’s online services to pay for parking tickets, dog licenses, legal documents or delinquent property taxes will not incur a credit card or electronic check fee beginning next week. Oakland County Executive David Coulter today said the county would waive fees for online transactions to encourage residents and customers to use the online services rather than visiting a county office to make a payment in-person. The initial waiver period is March 25-April 30. “I … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Municipal Buildings Closed to Public

The City of Rochester Hills Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19 The City of Rochester Hills’ first priority is always the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, visitors and its team members. Rochester Hills has proactively taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the city, including issuing a State of Emergency last week. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Rochester Hills City Hall, the Rochester Hills Department of Public … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

As we collectively address the pandemic facing our local community, state and country, the City of Rochester Hills is working to minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has issued a State of Emergency in the City of Rochester Hills. This State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to make immediate decisions in the interest of the City’s health, safety and welfare. In light of the pandemic, Rochester Hills is … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events

Governor Orders that Events and Shared-Space Assemblages over 250 People be Canceled or Postponed Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. The governor’s executive order also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. Child care facilities will remain open … [Read more...]

State of Emergency in Oakland County Declared

Oakland County Executive David Coulter today declared a state of emergency in the county, allowing him to shift resources quickly to assist residents, businesses and communities affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Coulter said the declaration was necessary to open a path for federal funds, should they become available. The county has established the Oakland County Help Hotline – 248-858-1000 – to address non-health needs of the general public such as food or housing assistance. “We … [Read more...]