COVID-19 Updates & Information

As Pittsfield Township transitions towards physically reopening its administrative buildings, please find details outlined in the Pandemic Transition Protocol document, available to view & download here.


October 15th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department Adds Rapid COVID-19 Testing to Saturday Clinic

Drive-through vaccination clinic Oct 16 now includes free rapid antigen testing

YPSILANTI, Mich., Oct. 14, 2021 – Washtenaw County Health Department is adding rapid antigen testing to its scheduled drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sat. Oct 16 from 10am-3pm at 555 Towner St., Ypsilanti. Individuals testing may wait for 10 minutes for results or request a call with results. Testing is available for those ages 2 years old and older. Symptoms are not required for testing. Testing is also planned for the Sat. Oct 23 clinic. Please check online for confirmation.  

Both vaccination and testing are available at no cost to individuals. Please bring your vaccination card, if applicable, and identification, if possible. A Spanish language interpreter will be available during clinic hours, and an Arabic language interpreter from 1-3pm. Telephone interpretation is available for all other languages. 

“Local COVID transmission and activity remains high, and we know testing must be accessible,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer with Washtenaw County Health Department. “We are pleased to offer this rapid testing opportunity and as always, we encourage those eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t already.”

Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Continue

Expanded October drive-through clinics continue at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti. For Pfizer booster shots, please bring your vaccination card and identification, if possible. The National Guard will assist with these vaccination clinics, as they did with prior mass vaccination clinics. Everyone is still required to wait 15 minutes after vaccination.

October Drive-Through Clinic Days and Times:

    Every Tuesday through Friday in October: Tues., Oct 5 – Fri., Oct 29 from 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

    Two Saturdays: Sat., Oct 16 & Sat., Oct 23 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

The Health Department also continues to offer a regular walk-in vaccine clinic and pop-up clinics. See website for details.

Pfizer Booster Doses

COVID-19 booster shots are now available to some adults. To be eligible, at least 6 months must have passed since a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals must also be at increased risk of severe illness or exposure because of age, underlying health conditions, employment, or living in an institutional setting, such as a long-term care facility. COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available at local health care providers, pharmacies, and the Washtenaw County Health Department. 

Currently ONLY Pfizer is fully approved and recommended as a booster shot for certain higher-risk individuals who received Pfizer as their initial COVID-19 vaccine. 

Additionally, anyone who is immunocompromised is eligible for an additional (third series) dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. These additional doses of mRNA vaccine can be given at least 28 days after a second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. Additional doses are not yet available for those who received Johnson & Johnson.

Local Transmission and Precautions

Local transmission of COVID-19 remains high as defined in the CDC COVID Data Tracker. Washtenaw County Health Department strongly recommends masking for everyone in indoor, public spaces. Masking is required in K-12 educational settings under local health orders. Anyone eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID should do so as soon as possible. Vaccination is safe, effective, free, and available at multiple community locations

COVID activity continues to trend up since late summer. Washtenaw County is reporting approximately 80-120 cases per day; test positivity of about 5%; and increased hospitalizations and deaths.

The vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among unvaccinated individuals. The vaccine’s first job is to prevent serious illness or death. The Health Department continues to monitor hospitalizations by vaccination status. 

Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community, including responding to health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs. Visit us at washtenaw.org/health or call 734-544-6700.

Español: El Departamento de Salud ofrecerá los sábados pruebas rápidas de COVID-19, ¡GRATIS! COVID-19 Vacunas & Pruebas rápidas


September 30th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department Announces Expanded COVID-19 Clinics

COVID-19 booster shots are now available to some adults. To be eligible, at least 6 months must have passed since a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals must also be at increased risk of severe illness or exposure because of age, underlying health conditions, employment, or living in an institutional setting, such as a long-term care facility. COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available at local health care providers, pharmacies, and the Washtenaw County Health Department.  

The Health Department is offering expanded drive-through COVID-19 vaccination during October and planning additional community pop-up clinics with partner organizations. If your organization, school, or business is interested in working with us on a community pop-up vaccination clinic, please let us know. Once confirmed, pop-up locations and details are published on our COVID19 vaccine page and promoted through community partners and outreach.

Español El Departamento de Salud anuncia ampliación de clínicas contra el COVID-19 

More information available by viewing the press release in its entirety


August 12th UPDATE: MIOSHA Encourages Employers to Follow Updated CDC Guidance to Contain the Spread of COVID-19

MIOSHA is strongly encouraging Michigan employers to follow recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.

According to the CDC, the Delta variant is much more contagious, may infect those that have been vaccinated and may also allow vaccinated individuals to spread the virus. Prior to Delta, the probability for vaccinated individuals to spread the virus was considered low.

For more information on the latest CDC guidance view the press release in its entirety.


August 6th UPDATE: Additional Emergency Food Assistance Benefits Related to the Pandemic to be Issued Beginning this Weekend

All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits are receiving an additional monthly payment in August in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. 

Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the additional benefits. People who receive food assistance can check their benefits balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by visiting the Michigan Bridges website or calling a consumer service representative toll-free at 888.678.8914. They can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or emailing their caseworker.

Customer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1. 

More information is available from the MDHHS by viewing the press release in its entirety.


August 5th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Residents Protected Under New National Eviction Moratorium

On August 4, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new eviction moratorium through October 3 protecting residents facing eviction.

Regardless of the eviction moratorium status in Washtenaw County, rental assistance is available for tenants facing pandemic-related hardships through the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. CERA is available for income eligible households who have fallen behind on costs associated with rent, utilities, and/or internet bills during the pandemic. 

The CERA application can be completed online. For those who are unable to or do not wish to use the online application, paper applications can also be found on the State of Michigan's website or by contacting HAWC at 734.961.1999. Paper applications must be emailed or mailed or dropped off at: Housing Access for Washtenaw County, 100 Arbana Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

If you need help applying for CERA assistance, please contact HAWC at 734.961.1999. A user guide is available in English and Spanish for tenants that need assistance with the application process on the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development's website.

More information is available from the County by viewing the press release in its entirety.


June 17th UPDATE: Michigan will Open to Full Capacity on June 22

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has accelerated the end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask. 

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


June 11th UPDATE: The Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Special COVID-19 Mortgage Payment Forbearance is Currently Available to FHA-Insured Borrowers

As the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across our nation, an escalating foreclosure crisis among FHA-insured borrowers is reaching a cataclysmic point, impacting hundreds of thousands of borrowers. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) understands that many homeowners may be struggling and unable to make mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you or someone you know are one of the many FHA-borrowers in communities across the country having difficulty paying your mortgage due to the pandemic, HUD urges you to act now.

FHA’s special COVID-19 mortgage payment forbearance is currently available to FHA-insured borrowers. More information is available by viewing the letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in it's entirety, available in both English y en español.

Additional information and resources for FHA borrowers is available on the HUD website. Homeowners and renters can also visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's website for up-to-date information on their relief options, protections, and key deadlines.


June 7th UPDATE: $2M in COVID-19 workplace safety grants now available

The State of Michigan has launched another round of funding for the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses with fewer than 250 employees, including licensed non in-home childcare centers, matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through safety and health-related equipment purchased and training. 

The grant application window is now open and will close Friday, June 18, with awards given shortly thereafter. Grants received after June 18, will be held pending a potential third phase, if funds remain available. 

To apply, businesses need to complete the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant application.

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


June 1st UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Changes

The Washtenaw County Health Department and area health care providers are scaling back local mass vaccination clinics. COVID-19 vaccination is now widely available, and there is less need for emergency distribution strategies like mass vaccination sites. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for anyone 12 years or older. There is no cost to individuals for vaccination. The Washtenaw County Health Department is continuing to provide COVID-19 vaccination through smaller community clinics and walk-ins without an appointment at the Health Department.

For a list of available vaccination options and search tools, see where to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Free transportation is available to Washtenaw County vaccination sites. Any resident of any age who needs transportation to get their vaccination can call 844.900.4892 and use the code “Vaccinate Washtenaw” to schedule a ride. Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance, if possible.

Español: Cambios en las clínicas de vacunación contra el COVID-19

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


May 14th UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccination Now Available to Everyone 12 Years & Older

Washtenaw County Health Department and area health care providers encourage everyone eligible for vaccination to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination is now open to everyone 12 years old and older. Vaccine is widely available locally, and there is no cost to individuals. 

Spanish/Español: La vacuna contra el COVID-19 ahora está disponible para todos los mayores de 12 años.

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


May 14th UPDATE: Governor Whitmer Lifts Mask Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Michiganders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 AM.

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


May 13th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department Issues Local Public Health Order for School Quarantine

The Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an order stating that all students enrolled in or attending K-12 schools in Washtenaw County that have had a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case are required to quarantine for at least 10 days and up to 14 days after the last exposure and under certain circumstances. Further, as soon as possible, persons identified as close contacts in K-12 Schools and related extracurricular activities must be notified of their potential exposure by the schools. 

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety, or visiting the Health Department's website.


May 12th UPDATE: Low-income households in Michigan now eligible for federal assistance through Emergency Broadband Benefit program

Michiganders who meet income eligibility requirements or have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to receive financial help to pay for home broadband connections and internet-enabled devices as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolls out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program recently approved by Congress. 

According to the FCC, a household is eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program if a member of the household meets one of these criteria:

  • Has an income at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines or participates in assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

There are three ways to apply for the benefit:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application and return it along with proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center

P.O. Box 7081

London, KY 40742

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


May 4th UPDATE: Mass Vaccination Week, Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District thru Saturday, May 8th


U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced Michigan’s 14th Congressional District’s Mass Vaccination Week from Saturday, May 1st thru Saturday, May 8th. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) initiative, spearheaded by Rep. Lawrence, is a week-long event where CBC members educate, raise awareness, and help get constituents vaccinated. Rep. Lawrence is working with several vaccine sites throughout the district for walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations for all Michiganders. She is also partnering with several organizations to spread awareness and educate the public about the safe, effective, no-cost vaccine.

For more information, updates, and a list of vaccine sites providing walk-in vaccinations during Mass Vaccination Week, view the press release.


April 27th UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Updates, Scheduling Resources, and Information on Free Rapid Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination is now much easier to get. If you or others have been waiting patiently, now is the time to schedule. Links to schedule at either of the Washtenaw County Health Departments' (WCHD) two mass sites (Ypsilanti or Chelsea) or community pop-up sites are available at www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine. Upcoming pop-ups are scheduled at Huron High School (Thursday, April 29th), Whitmore Lake High School (Saturday, May 1st) and Lincoln High School (Monday, May 3rd). These are open to everyone 16 years and older. Phone scheduling is available by calling 734.544.6700. 

Printable COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Resources

University of Michigan Graduation Weekend

Information on the University of Michigan graduation, including free rapid COVID-19 testing for students, community members, and visitors can be found by viewing the flyer from the University of Michigan. The rapid testing information and other testing options can be found at www.washtenaw.org/covid19test.


April 9th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department Urges COVID-19 Precautions as Cases Increase

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and test positivity are high and increasing in Washtenaw County and across Michigan. Washtenaw County Health Department reminds everyone to please use all COVID-prevention measures whenever possible. Wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash hands often. Follow isolation or quarantine guidance, and get vaccinated as soon as an appointment is available to you. Indicators in Washtenaw County are not currently as high as neighboring areas but are increasing.

In response to the surge statewide, Governor Whitmer is encouraging two-week preventative actions. Washtenaw County Health Department supports these recommendations:

  • High schools currently in-person should shift to remote learning
  • Youth sports should voluntarily suspend in-person activities
  • Everyone should avoid indoor dining at restaurants; choose outdoor dining or takeout, if eating out
  • Avoid gathering with others indoors

More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety.


April 1st UPDATE: Pittsfield Township Community Center Opening Plan

As we transition back to more regular in-person engagement since our closures and virtual engagement since March 2020, we have compiled this Community Center Opening Plan to provide guidelines for greater physical access to recreational programs in a manner that is safe and responsible. The protocols were developed in coordination with Federal (CDC), State (MDHHS) and Local (WCPH) guidelines. Given the fluid nature of the Pandemic, it is imperative to note that the guidelines and recommendations of the Opening Plan may be revised in order to address scenarios that arise as we move forward. The central focus is, and will remain, to provide for the safety and well-being of Pittsfield Township employees, volunteers, instructors and participants. 

The complete Community Center Opening Plan is now available to read, and please feel free to call the Community Center at 734.822.2117 with any questions.


March 17th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department Launches Community Outreach Pilot Project

Washtenaw County Health Department applied for and was awarded 2500 additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Community Outreach COVID-19 Pilot Project. With local partners and leaders, Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting multiple pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites in areas of the county with high Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). More information is available by viewing the press release in it's entirety or viewing the flyer listing pop-up clinic dates.


February 12th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Treasurer Declares Tax Foreclosure Moratorium for Occupied Properties During Pandemic.

Catherine McClary, Washtenaw County Treasurer, declared a moratorium from tax foreclosure for occupied properties this year. Tax foreclosure occurs annually by state law in February and property owners have until March 31 to redeem their property from foreclosure or face eviction. This year’s tax foreclosure judicial hearing occurs next week. Read the press release from the Office of the County Treasurer in it's entirety by visiting the County's News Flash page. For the full text of the policy, or for additional help to help get caught up on property tax payments go to www.Washtenaw.org/Treasurer. To make a secure property tax payment, go to www.Washtenaw.org/PAY.


February 10th UPDATE: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with GetSetUp to help residents navigate online COVID-19 vaccine information; Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to provide overview for older adults Thursday, February 11.

Older adults in Michigan experiencing challenges finding COVID-19 vaccine information online now have a trusted source for assistance.

Through its partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Aging & Adult Services Agency is offering a series of sessions to walk older Michiganders through the Michigan COVID-19 vaccine website. The goal is to help them find their local health department to register online for a vaccine appointment or to be added to the waitlist.

On Thursday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy medical director, will join a session to provide a brief overview of the landscape in Michigan and to answer some frequently asked questions. 

Registration is required. To register, visit www.getsetup.io/michigan by selecting this link or call 1.888.559.1614.  Michiganders without internet access looking for vaccine information should contact the MDHHS COVID-19 hotline at 1.888.535.6136. Read the MDHHS' press release in it's entirety by selecting this link.


February 2nd UPDATE: Launching First Phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination.

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, starting February 11 those eligible for the vaccine will have the opportunity to be vaccinated at select pharmacies across the country through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. This program is a public-private partnership, with 21 national pharmacy partners and networks of independent pharmacies representing over 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide (listed below). It is a key component of the Administration’s national strategy to expand equitable access to vaccines for the American public.

As the first phase of this program launches, select retail pharmacies nationwide will receive limited vaccine supply to vaccinate priority groups at no cost. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with states to select initial pharmacy partners based on a number of factors, including their ability to reach some of the populations most at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Americans should check their pharmacy’s website to find out if the vaccine is available, as supply will be limited in the initial phase. More information is available at cdc.gov/covid19.

Participating pharmacies include:

  • Walgreens (including Duane Reade)
  • CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (including Long’s)
  • Walmart, Inc. (including Sam’s Club)
  • Rite Aid Corp.
  • The Kroger Co. 
  • Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Meijer Inc.

January 25th UPDATE: Eligible businesses may apply for a Second Draw PPP loan through Wednesday, March 31. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA began accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021 and is currently accepting Second Draw PPP loan applications through March 31, 2021. Learn more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, by selecting this link.


January 19th UPDATE: Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program taking applications through Friday, January 22.

The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. The application to apply is now open and will close at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 22, 2021. Learn more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, by selecting this link.


January 11th UPDATE: The Program for Multicultural Health at Michigan Medicine is holding a virtual townhall on COVID-19 and the African American Community on Saturday, January 16.

View the flyer for the January 16 virtual townhall to learn additional information, including how to RSVP.


January 11th UPDATE: Washtenaw County Health Department calls for patience as the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination begins

As the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations in Washtenaw County begins today, the Washtenaw County Health Department asks for continued patience, as vaccine supplies and providers remain limited. Read more, including about scheduling for available appointments, in their press release - Health Department January 11 Press Release


November 18th UPDATE: New COVID-19 accessible drive-thru testing site to provide saliva testing

Washtenaw County Health Department is announcing plans with LynxDx and the 2|42 Community Center to offer a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Ann Arbor opening on Wednesday, November 18. This new site will offer contactless saliva testing and will be open to all Michigan residents with or without insurance. COVID-19 continues to spread in Washtenaw County. Access to COVID-19 testing is an important tool in helping identify cases and prevent further community spread of COVID-19. Read the press release in it's entirety here.


November 15th UPDATE: Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 - Gatherings and Face Mask Order Effective November 18th

Michigan law imposes on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) a duty to continually and diligently endeavor to "prevent disease, prolong life, and promote public health," and gives the Department "general supervision of the interests of health and life of people of this state." MCL 333.2221. MDHHS may "[e]xercise authority and promulgate rules to safeguard properly the public health; to prevent the spread of diseases and the existence of sources of contamination; and to implement and carry out the powers and duties vested by law in the department." MCL 333.2226(d). Read the press release in it's entirety here.

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October 29th UPDATE: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Order - Gathering Prohibition and Face Covering

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued an emergency order to address threats to the public health like that posed by COVID-19 by imposing restrictions on attendance limitations at gatherings, capacity restrictions, protection of workers, face covering requirement at gatherings, and more. Read the emergency order in it's entirety here.


June 9th UPDATE: Pittsfield Township Administrative Office Buildings to Begin Re-Opening

As Pittsfield Township transitions towards physically reopening its administrative buildings, please find details outlined in the Pandemic Transition Protocol document, available to view & download here.


April 9th UPDATE: Curbside COVID-19 Screening Area Opened at St. Joseph Mercy's Ann Arbor Hospital

The curbside COVID-19 screening area at the St. Joseph Mercy's Ann Arbor hospital now offers COVID-19 screening to the general public. Testing criteria includes symptomatic patients and those who meet exposure criteria.

physician's order is NOT required for screening.

WHEN:Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, seven days a week

WHERE: Screening area is located at 5301 McAuley Drive North Entrance, next to the Main Entrance Ypsilanti, MI 48197

HOW: Drive through screening – People can stay in their vehicles.

WHO:Open to the public, no prescreen or appointment is necessary.

St. Joseph Mercy are offering this service to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk to patients and their families. If you have any questions, please call the hospital's COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-247-1258.

Learn more here.