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Action taken by City of Clovis to address COVID-19 health concerns

The health and safety of residents and employees are top of mind as we navigate COVID-19 developments impacting our area.

The City of Clovis has announced several actions which will impact public meetings, events, programs and services. You can find all of them below.

This page will be updated as new developments occur.

Clovis City Council proclaims local emergency in response to COVID-19

The Clovis City Council voted unanimously Monday to proclaim a local emergency in the City of Clovis in response to the COVID-19 health threat.
 
The action took place during a Special Council Meeting held in the Clovis Senior Center, and follows the actions of many other cities across the region and state.
 
The resolution will allow the City of Clovis to more effectively respond to the growing health emergency and may allow the City to receive disaster funding to deal with COVID-19 and related issues.

Water shut-offs temporarily suspended

In response to the growing COVID-19 health concerns, the City of Clovis is taking important temporary measures to help our residents. Until further notice:

  • Effective immediately, if you are unable to pay your utility bill for any reason we will be suspending water shut-offs. Charges will continue to accrue but you will not be in any danger of having your water turned off.
  • To encourage online utility payments, we will be providing a credit on your bill to reimburse you for the current online payment fee. In other words, it won’t cost you anything to pay online.

You can also drop your payment into any one of the two already established drop boxes located outside of City Hall. One is located in front of City Hall on Fifth Street at the curb and the other is located directly in back of City Hall on the sidewalk. For your safety, please do not put cash in any of the drop boxes.

If you have questions about your utility payment please call 559-324-2130.

Temporary measures impacting Animal Services and Youth Services Division

In response to the COVID-19 concerns, the Clovis Police Department has made a few changes we’d like you to know about.

Effective immediately:

·         Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center is open by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by calling 324-2645.

·         The Clovis Animal Receiving & Care Center is open by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by calling 324-2450.

·         The Youth Services Division is closed for in-person contact.  Staff can be contacted at 324-2440.

In Clovis, public safety is our number one priority.  There have been no changes to our staffing levels and police officers are still responding to all emergency calls for service.  We hope that these temporary measures will help keep our community, our staff, and their families healthy.

We continue to monitor the situation and we are in frequent contact with the Fresno County Health Department.  As things change, we will continue to provide updates.  We encourage you to follow our social media pages for the latest updates on our response plans.

Recreation facilities will temporarily close, effective Monday, March 16, 2020

In the interest of the health and safety of the public, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Clovis will temporarily close the following recreation facilities:

  • Recreation Center, located at 3495 Clovis Avenue
  • Rotary Skatepark at Letterman Park
  • Clovis Batting Range at Sierra Bicentennial Park.

There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any Recreation facilities or programs. The City of Clovis is following the guidelines of Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as we monitor COVID-19.

If you have a specific question about activities and programs that have been postponed, please contact the City of Clovis Recreation Center from 9:00am to 5:00pm starting Monday, March 16, 2020 at 559-324-2780.

We do not have an estimated date for programs to resume but will post updates regularly at CityofClovis.com as well as on social media.

Monday’s City Council Meeting relocated

City Council Meeting for Monday, March 16 relocated to the Clovis Senior Activity Center

In the interest of the health and safety of the public and our employees, the City Council will move the meeting of March 16th, 2020  to the Clovis Senior Center located at 850 4th St, Clovis, CA 93612.

There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our facilities.

This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution by the City of Clovis, to allow what is termed “social distancing”, which follows the guidelines of Fresno County Department of Public Health as we monitor COVID-19.

Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases.

It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. Additional social distancing recommendations include refraining from shaking hands, covering your mouth if you sneeze or cough, and staying home if sick.

Temporary closure of the Clovis Senior Center

In the interest of the health and safety of the public, the City of Clovis has temporarily closed the Clovis Senior Activity Center.

There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Senior Center. This action is being taken by the City of Clovis out of an abundance of caution, as this facility serves our most vulnerable population.

The City of Clovis is following the guidelines of Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as we monitor COVID-19.

On March 13, 2020, we were notified that the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging (FMAAA) is suspending the hot meal program at the center as well. Clovis Senior Activity Center staff will be contacting seniors who usually attend the hot meals program at the senior center, and discuss options regarding a home-delivered meal provided by FMAAA.

At this time we do not have an estimated date for reopening but do expect the closure to continue through March. Although the center is closed, staff is still here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us at 559-324-2750 during our regular office hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays and we will do our best to connect you with the services and resources you need. The health and wellness of our seniors is our greatest concern.

Park Reservations temporarily suspended

In consideration for the health and safety of all residents, the City of Clovis is temporarily suspending park reservations effective March 13th. This is being done out of caution and in accordance with current recommendations by Public Health entities to limit group gatherings. Parks and picnic sites can still be used on a first-come, first-serve basis at your discretion.

If you previously made a reservation for a date falling between March 13th and the end of April, you will be contacted by our staff to either reschedule your reservation or to cancel with a full refund. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (559) 324-2600.

Miss Winkles Fundraising Dinner and Pet Fashion Show Canceled

Following the state’s recommendation to cancel gatherings of 250 people or more, we have canceled Saturday’s Miss Winkles Fundraiser Dinner and Pet Fashion Show. Full refunds are being offered to those supporters who purchased tickets by calling 559-324-2476 or email erinf@cityofclovis.com.

Following FCDPH and CDPH Guidelines

We are following the guidelines of Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as they are the lead agencies on health related matters in the County and State and have been actively working with both departments to monitor COVID-19.

The City of Clovis is developing protocols and measures to ensure the continuity of services to our community as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

We are actively reaching out to partners in the community to ensure they have the most up-to-date information to determine appropriate measures in handling their public events.

Additionally we have instructed city employees to continue to practice good public health hygiene. The FCDPH reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Wash hands with soap and water
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Clean your workspace often
    • Stay home if you are sick, cover your mouths if coughing/sneezing, and avoid sharing drinks or food

Specific questions about the virus and your health should be directed to the FCDPH or your healthcare provider.

More information regarding COVID-19 is available at the FCDPH website: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departme…/public-health/covid-19

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