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  B.C. City Scene
BY REBECCA FLEURY Battle Creek City Manager
     the COVID-19 pandemic.
As I write this, the positive cases
As you read this, it is likely that City Hall and the Battle Creek Police Department are the only city buildings open to the public. If it isn’t open to you already, it is likely our Recreation team is planning what programming we can offer safely, as we transition our homeless community to shelter options outside of Full Blast.
in Calhoun County are trending down – good news for us – but statewide we have seen some increases. We continue to see daily changes to
This is a time when following guidelines is not only about protecting
the cases of COVID, and to the necessary response because of it.
ourselves. In fact, the guidance tells us that taking these steps shows care
As businesses, schools, and
other buildings reopen to in-per-
son services, please continue to
follow the guidance from our local public health department, which
state and federal agencies share
with us. It is critically important to continue wearing a face mask in public spaces, social distancing at least six feet from people not in your household, and washing your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time.
and compassion for the well-being of others around us. We can show our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and the rest of our com-
The message may seem repetitive, but without a vaccine or cure in place for COVID-19, these are the best tools we all can use to combat the virus in our community. We know these steps are working, because we see positive trends in our local data.
The “next normal” is challenging, and the continued unpredictability of the pandemic can be frightening. I am so proud of the way our community has worked together to respond to the pan- demic, reach out to those in need, and do the best we can to protect the health of the Battle Creek and greater Calhoun County communities.
Going back to school, work, and everywhere else
in our commu- nity looks much different from ever before, as we con- tinue to navigate
information on current city operations, to help you plan your business with us.
Creative Solutions For Challenging Times
Because of this success, and the way our community has begun to reopen, you might think we have overreacted. That feeling means that wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing your hands are working to help protect our community.
Coming back to our city facilities looks different, too. We have a variety of resources you can check out at bat- tlecreekmi.gov/coronavirus. On the left side of the page, you will find the links to information about our COVID-19 preparation and response plan, and
munity that we care about protecting all of Battle Creek. Looking out for
others has, perhaps, never been as important as it is right now.
Please be safe and well, and visit our website to find information about the resources available in our community.
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