Ogemaw County departments available to public by appointment during COVID-19 crisis

Courts amending dockets as needed


WEST BRANCH — While Ogemaw County departments will for the most part continue to function normally, county buildings will only be open to the public on a by-appointment basis until Monday, April 6, according to Ogemaw County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Bowers and board of commissioners chairman Bruce Reetz. The measure is intended to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Ogemaw County’s government is open for business, but the buildings are closed to the public,” Bowers said. “If they have business at any of the county buildings, they need to call that department by phone before and make an appointment.”

For now, county employees will conduct business remotely whenever possible.

“The department heads have been instructed that anything they can do by email or by phone or any other means besides personal contact, they are doing it in that form until April 6,” Bowers said.  

At this time, court proceedings are scheduled to continue as normal, though dockets may be adjusted as needed. Bowers said the courtrooms will only be open to those on the dockets. 


“The courts have permission from the (Michigan) Supreme Court to change their dockets in certain ways, but it’s up to the local courts how they want to proceed,” Bowers said. “There are no changes to the court dockets at this time. You will be notified if there is a change to yours.”


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