Warren Mayor Jim Fouts declares state of emergency for city

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:34:10-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced Thursday a state of emergency for the entire city amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Michigan following the first few reported cases earlier in March.

Fouts said that the declaration will go into effect for the city on Monday, March 23 and will be followed by these guidelines.

1) Employees will be able to work from their homes. This allows a safe distancing between city employees to ensure their safety by having minimum contact with other employees. This will help to deter the spread of the coronavirus.

2) This will allow me to designate our three community centers (Warren Community Center, Owen Jax Center and Fitzgerald Recreation) as health auxiliary facilities. This will assist first responders and the medical community when the need arises.

3) Essential services will remain in operation during this crisis.

4) I will continue working at Warren City Hall, although many employees will be working from home through telecommunications.