During the coronavirus pandemic, citizens and businesses need to stay updated on how to protect themselves health-wise and financially. Visit Oakland County has prepared this article to keep everyone aware and informed.



Coronavirus disease also referred to as COVID-19, is an infectious respiratory illness caused by a newly discovered type of virus within humans. COVID-19 has become a serious global health pandemic for which was unknown before the first identification in Wuhan, China, within December 2019.

A variety of common symptom includes fever, dry coughing, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin. These symptoms are usually mild yet begin gradually however some people become infected and only have very mild symptoms.



Practicing hand and respiratory hygiene is important at ALL times and is the best way to protect others and yourself during the outbreak. When possible maintain at least a 1-meter distance between yourself and others. This is especially important if you are standing by someone who is coughing or sneezing. Since some infected individuals may not yet be exhibiting symptoms or their symptoms may be mild, maintaining a physical distance with everyone is a good idea if you are in an area where COVID-19 is circulating.

Wash Hands Frequently

Wear Protective Cover

Maintain Social Distancing

Clean And Disinfect



The virus can spread in various ways but mainly from person-to-person. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping. Some examples of spreading the virus from person to person include the following:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.



If you or any other individual have experienced symptoms of Coughing, Shortness of Breath, Fever, Chills or Sore Throat may become a sign of exposure to the virus. However, these signs are not all of the possible symptoms nor is it confirmation of being exposed. If you would like more information on other possible symptoms or get tested for COVID-19 then click on the learn more link for a full list of additional help.




While businesses and organizations continue to find ways to move forward during the pandemic there is still much more to keep everything running. Helping small businesses, community leaders, and organizations advance through the coronavirus recovery is an effort on navigating to a new reality. Increasing your customers or clients comfort level, taking care of a team as well as employees, or even furthering your online presence are all the necessary steps for going to the next level.

For both businesses and organizations, if your continuing service physically then you need to take precautions to stay safe. Be sure to wear a protective face mask, gloves, and disinfect all surfaces when encountering other individuals. To plan further follow the links below.

COVID-19 has transformed businesses day by day with the overall goal to move forward and maintain a presence. From brick and mortar companies to online businesses, at the end of the day traffic needs to continue to establish efficiency. Here are a few effective ways to keep your business running smoothly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Focus on Digital Campaigns

  • If you’re wondering how to market during the pandemic, consider using Facebook Ads, Google Ads, Instagram for Business or LinkedIn Ads to direct traffic to well research topics or even videos related to your company.


Start or Continue Posting on Social Media

  • Staying online will soon be considered a step to follow now and the future. Staying active online can help maintain a connection with new and current customers or clients.


Update Your Business Search Listing

  • Your customers and potential customers are counting on you for the latest information about your small business. If you’re closing your company temporarily, whether you’re changing the hours you’re open or offering curbside pickup right now, you need to let people know.

To help your organization prepare for the possible spread of COVID-19, ensure your emergency operations plan includes key COVID-19 prevention strategies, and covers groups at increased risk for severe illness.

  • Develop policies that encourage team members to stay at home without fear of reprisals, and ensure members are aware of these policies.
  • Ensure that contact details are documented for all staff, volunteers, and members in case an individual has been exposed to COVID19. Be sure to note any emergency operations or guides that will help answer questions for all members.
  • Opt-in for using virtual meetings that will allow members to participate online versus in person.

Promote etiquette awareness

Coughing, sneezing, and handwashing are all to be advised for etiquette handling. Provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, soap and water, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Perform routine environmental cleaning.

Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, handrails, and doorknobs


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