COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Toolkit
Our COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Toolkit was created to be a one-stop document for all information and resources for residents, business owners, and local partners alike regarding what the City of Oak Park is doing to help you during this unprecedented crisis.
Throughout this situation, the document will be updated once weekly on Mondays.
To access the COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Toolkit, click the button below.
Oakland County COVID-19 Dashboard
To access Oakland County's COVID-19 Dashboard, visit the link below:
Public Service Announcements
Public Service Announcement: City Expanding Measures to Slow Spread of COVID-19
MARCH 16, 2020 at 7:00pm
Public Service Announcement Update: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
MARCH 12, 2020 at 5:00pm
Public Service Announcement: COVID-19 Coronavirus
MARCH 11, 2020 at 4:00pm
For a press release from the 45th District Court regarding the coronavirus outbreak, visit this link.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
Q: What is a novel coronavirus?
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Q: Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19?
A: On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
Q: What is the source of the virus?
A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Q: What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the public can take several practical measures to reduce the spread of this virus:
1) Practice good health habits such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and disinfecting frequently-used objects.
2) Review the CDC’s travel notices before doing any lengthy travelling, especially when planning to travel outside of the country.
3) Create a household plan that considers items to keep stocked at home should a quarantine of any kind need to take place.
4) Find out about workplace policies regarding coronavirus action plans, sick-leave, and work-from-home options.
5) Check on elderly and vulnerable individuals to ensure they are safe, healthy, and well taken care of.