Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Washtenaw County Health Department is rescinding local emergency orders requiring COVID-19 screening. Screening, social distancing, face coverings and additional public health strategies to protect everyone’s health to the greatest degree possible are now covered in Michigan Executive Orders and under guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). View our guidance for businesses page for information for businesses that are open or reopening.
Washtenaw County Expands Community COVID-19 Testing. Washtenaw County Health Department is announcing plans with local health care providers and community partners to provide COVID-19 testing where it is most needed in our community. See our testing page for more information.
Washtenaw County Health Department Provides COVID-19 Data by Zip Code and Race: Due to the number of confirmed cases in the county, Washtenaw County Health Department is now able to share COVID-19 data broken down by zip code and race. The information is available on our cases webpage and will be updated daily. The newly published data shows COVID-19 is present in every local zip code, but also highlights disparities within the county. Read more.
Washtenaw County Health Officer Asks Faith-Based Organizations to Cancel In-Person Services: Washtenaw County Health Department recommends the cancellation of faith-based gatherings or in-person services of any kind. Instead, consider posting sermons on social media, hosting group meetings via video chat, setting up text or phone trees to check-in with members. Our religious community and houses of worship provide critical support and comfort during these difficult times. Nevertheless, we all must do our part to protect the public’s health – that means your health, the health of your family and loved ones, and the health of our most vulnerable community members.. See recommendations (English, Spanish).
There is evidence of community spread locally. Residents can assume there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. The Health Department is not announcing evidence of community spread to cause panic, but to reinforce that people should be taking all recommended prevention measures.
The Health Department and all local officials are relying on our community to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information.
REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. We know viruses do not discriminate based on location, race, ethnicity, or national origin. However, viruses like COVID-19 can highlight health disparities that are deeply rooted in our society. Let’s fight this public health concern with compassion and science, not fear and discrimination.