An important message to the City of Northville community
Posted on 03/26/2020
Mayor Brian Turnbull

These are indeed extraordinary times and communication is a top priority for all of us. First, I want to thank our hardworking men and women in the Northville community on the front lines of this COVID-19 battle, with all of its evolving situations (public safety, medical professionals, essential services and those assisting the community).


I write this note representing your City of Northville team. I’ve been in contact with the governor, along with federal, state, county and local municipal officials and will continue to do so. I’m watching the extensive updates by the White House and am gathering as much information as possible to assist our community in fighting and responding to the COVID-19 virus.
I want to share this updated information with you. ⠀

Updates

● On Monday, Gov. Whitmer enacted a “Stay Home” order, effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24.
● As of Wednesday, March 25, the State of Michigan reported there are more than 2,295 residents with the virus, with 43 deaths. The nation in total had 61,167 cases reported, with many unreported. (national data: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.)
● Many states around the country are enforcing shelter-in-place orders. If you must go out, practice social distancing and take all precautions to not spread the virus.
● Grocery stores are open, as are gas stations, pharmacies, restaurants that provide take-out and delivery, and other essential services so citizens can meet their needs as they shelter in place. View the State of Michigan website for details. If you are over 60 years old, make use of the special hours designated for seniors only at area grocery stores.

Northville City Operations

Service by your Northville Police, Fire, Advanced Life Support Staff and First Responders will continue for your safety without interruption. Please help support our First Responders by calling 911 only when it’s critical. Otherwise, call Dispatch at 248-349-1234

The following actions have taken place:
● Senior Transportation (medical appointments given priority) will continue at this time for seniors and the disabled with only one bus in service, Monday - Friday.
● Activities temporarily suspended: Parks & Recreation (including Hillside Recreation Center), Senior/Community Center, Northville Youth Network and all other city meetings
● We’ll continue to coordinate response efforts and best practices with surrounding communities.
 
Communication

● The City of Northville will remain vigilant in monitoring the ongoing guidance provided by health officials, as well as in sharing timely and accurate information.
● We don't have all the answers. The truth is, no one has all the answers, but I can assure you that your Northville officials, employees and myself are doing everything we can for your safety and well-being. ⠀
This is a major upheaval to our way of life but we will all get through together. Don’t panic, stay calm and plan ahead. Here are a few tips I’m personally following and encourage you to do the same: ⠀

● Follow the best practices shared by the CDC, know the symptoms and stay home.
● Practice social distancing, avoid handshakes, wash hands and use sanitizer. ⠀
● In addition to personal hygiene, get enough rest, eat healthy and manage stress. ⠀
● Check on friends and family (virtually when possible), especially the elderly that may not have immediate access to news and social media.

Support your local businesses in Northville

● The survival of many of our favorite businesses is dependent on our support now.
● Order delivery or curbside pick-up from Northville restaurants and stores. ⠀
● Shop your favorite local store online.
● Follow local businesses on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) – engage with these accounts, leave reviews, comments and likes, share their content, hours and offerings.
● Consider buying gift cards for later use, or even making a donation. ⠀
● Reach out to business owners directly and ask them about other ways you could help.
● As you are restocking your pantries and freezers, readying activities for your kids, ordering items online and planning for meals at home, please consider ways you can keep your business local.

Continue to use these sites for updated information on COVID-19:
● Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
● Oakland County Health Dept.
● Wayne County Health Dept. 
● Michigan.gov/coronavirus 
● Our State Rep. Matt Koleszar has created a google drive of resources for the community as well, and can be found here.

I’m committed to ensuring that no one in the greater Northville community gets left behind. Northville is strong because of every one of you working together to keep our community safe.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Northville at 248-349-1300 or contact me directly on my cell 248-505-6849 (even if you just want to talk).

Keep that Northville Faith! And breathe … we will get through this together!

Brian Turnbull
Mayor, City of Northville

March 25, 2020 (updates will be added as things change)