Calhoun County Safe Start Phases

Phases of reopening are determined in connection with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Michigan Safe Start Program, and the Public Health Department will certify progress across phases by evaluating the gating criteria on a regular basis. 

We are currently in Phase 3: Flattening

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Phase 3: Flattening
Phase 4: Improving
Phase 5: Containing
Phase 6: Post-Pandemic

phase 3PHASE 3: Flattening

Gating requirements: 

  • Testing and contact tracing are improving
  • Case growth is declining
  • Sufficient health system capacity is available


Key points:

Don't gather, social distance, and wear face covering

What the public can expect in government buildings: 

  • Buildings closed to public
  • Appointments required for many essential services
  • All visitors must wear face coverings
  • 6-foot social distancing is required
  • Visitor screening form may be required

What employees can expect in government buildings: 

  • Remote work arrangements are encouraged where feasible
  • Daily employee self-screening is required for in-person reporting
  • Employees should wear face coverings in public spaces where they cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others
  • Do not share offices, tools, equipment
  • Limit non-essential visitors 
  • Host virtual meetings when possible

  

phase 4PHASE 4: Improving

Gating requirements: 

  • Testing and contact tracing are ubiquitous
  • Cases and death rates are declining sharply
  • Sufficient health system capacity is available


Key points:

Gather in small groups only, social distance, and wear face coverings

What the public can expect in government buildings: 

  • Limited public access to buildings
  • Appointments required for many essential services
  • All visitors must wear face coverings6-foot social distancing is required
  • Visitor screening form may be required

What employees can expect in government buildings: 

  • Remote work arrangements are encouraged where feasible
  • Daily employee self-screening is required for in-person reporting
  • Employees should wear face coverings in public spaces where they cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others
  • Do not share offices, tools, equipment
  • Limit non-essential visitorsHost virtual meetings when possible

 

PHASE 5: Containing

Gating requirements: 

  • Testing and contact tracing are ubiquitous
  • Cases and deaths rates are very low per capita
  • Sufficient health system capacity is assured


Key points:

Travel can resume, continue social distancing, and wear face coverings

What the public can expect in government buildings: 

  • Public can access government buildings
  • Appointments may be necessary for some services
  • All visitors encouraged to wear face coverings

What employees can expect in government buildings: 

  • Remote work arrangements are encouraged where feasible
  • Employees should wear face coverings in public spaces where they cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others
  • Do not share offices, tools, equipment
  • Limit time spent in crowded areas

  

 

PHASE 6: Post-Pandemic

Gating requirements: 

  • Availability of an effective therapy or vaccine to fight COVID-19
  • Community spread not expected to return

Key points:
Return to full capacity, with recommended hygiene practices continuing

 What the public can expect in government buildings: 

  • Public can access government buildings
  • Services resume as necessary
  • No required social distancing

What employees can expect in government buildings: 

  • All employees return to in-person work
  • No required social distancing or face coverings
  • Practice regular hygiene of shared office spaces, tools, and equipment
  • Normal social gatherings and common areas permitted