Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

The City wants to make sure our residents and businesses are informed, so we will continue to provide frequent updates to our website, and refresh the links from the Federal, State, and County governments/agencies, while also giving you the ability to get your questions answered and take care of City business that you might have. We encourage residents and businesses to visit this page, the other resources listed at the bottom of this page, the City’s website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter ) for additional information, as well as signing up for emergency alerts. 

UPDATE: On April 29, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer set the state of Michigan on a pathway to return to normal by unveiling the 'MI Vacc to Normal' plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. (See graphic below)

"The MI Vacc to Normal challenge outlines steps we can take to emerge from this pandemic as we hit our vaccination targets together," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "On our path to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we can take steps to gradually get back to normal while keeping people safe. If you haven't already, I encourage you to rise to the challenge and be a part of the solution so we can continue our economic recovery and have the summer we all crave." 

Since Governor Whitmer asked Michiganders to double down on smart public health policies on April 9, Michigan has made significant progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The number of daily cases has dropped from 649.9 cases per million to 439.3 cases per million, the percent of positive tests has declined from 18.3%  to 13.2%, and the number hospitalizations has fallen from 3,780 to 3,520. To read the entire press release, please click here.


UPDATE: On April 29, 2021, the City extended a limited State of Emergency. This allows the City to continue to have remote/virtual meetings through the month of May. Please click here for a copy of the declaration.

UPDATE:  On April 1, 2021, the City declared a limited State of Emergency.  This allows the City to continue to have remote/virtual meetings through the month of April.  Click here for a copy of the declaration. 

UPDATE:  On April 5, 2021, Michigan residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Click here for details.  Appointments to receive the coronavirus vaccine are being coordinated by the Oakland County Health Division. Appointments are available based on the vaccine supply the County receives from the State of Michigan. The supply will continually increase in the weeks and months ahead until everyone is able to receive a vaccine. Vaccines may not be recommended for children.

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for prioritization of distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Information

To register for text and/or email updates on COVID-19 vaccine appointment information:

  • To receive the Oakland County COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter, register your email address at or text OAKGOV COVID to 468311.
  • The Oakland County Health & Human Services Resource hotline number is 1-800-848-5533.
  • Vaccines may also be offered by hospitals or, eventually, through pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, or RiteAid. Those organizations will establish their own protocols for scheduling appointments and administering the vaccine.
  • Here are links to some of the health systems in our area that are administering the vaccine:

Online Resources:

If You Have An Appointment:

  • Bring a driver's license or photo identification with current address. Work or student identification may also be required at your appointment.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt or shirt with a sleeve that can be rolled to the top of your arm.


As needed, the City will send out messages through our alerting software.

  • Messages will be sent by text message, email, and/or a voice call, depending on the importance.  The message concludes with a link that directs residents, businesses, and others within the City’s geo-fence to go to a specific page (currently this page) on the City’s website.
  • If an urgent message needs to be sent, this same system will be used, and additional directions will be provided within the call.
  • If you missed the call, and you want to hear the recording, call (248) 963-0751.
  • Sign-up here to receive messages from the City or text "Join ReadyRochester" to 30890.

The City Hall and other City buildings are open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Although City Hall and Public Works Campus have limited open hours, the public, residents, businesses, and contractors, can get many of your City related questions answered by calling City Hall at (248) 733-3700.  Please leave a voicemail message, with your name, phone number, the reason you called, and a staff member will return your call.  
  • City Council and other meetings will continue to take place virtually. Details on how to participate by following link 
  • Finance questions can be answered by sending an email to:  
  • Many fees, including parking tickets and water bills can also be paid onlineThe credit card processing fee has been waived through April 30, 2020. Residents can also take advantage of the Drop-Box on the Northeast parking lot at City Hall.
  • Water bill payments can be made online through the City’s website or via the following direct link: If residents are unsure of their owed balance, please call (248) 733-3700 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Resources from the CDC, State, and County: 

The City of Rochester is continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest information and guidance.

Plan, prepare, and respond to the Coronavirus Disease with the CDC’s “Resources for Households”.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will continue to be made by City, County, and State officials, in consultation with Federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of COVID-19. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Consider Donating:


The Greater Rochester Community Foundation

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House

The American Red Cross


Info for Businesses in Rochester – Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Additional direction and guidance may change, as this continues to be a fluid and ongoing public health event. Please visit the City, Oakland County, the State of Michigan, and the CDC’s website for updates.

Last Updated:  4/2/2021 @ 2:10pm