County Services Affected by COVID-19 Prevention

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County Services Affected by the Prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page Updated May 28th, 2020

ANIMAL CONTROL

  • Closed to the public
  • Animal redemptions will be done m-f by appointment only
  • Officers will continue to respond to emergency and high priority calls including: law enforcement assistance, bite complaints, confirmed cruelty cases, and aggressive/dangerous animal behavior.
  • Therefore Officers will suspend/limit low priority and non-emergency activity. This includes: non-aggressive stray animal pick-up, licensing complaints, nuisance complaints, trapping/transport of community stray cats and wildlife.
  • If you are unsure if a current situation is high/low priority please give us a call: (269) 927-5648
  • Shelter intake reduction: BCAC is taking active measures to reduce non-essential shelter stray intake and restricting/suspending non-emergency owner surrender intake.
    • Please call ahead to ensure we have availability and are currently processing owner surrender/stray intakes: 269.927.5648
  • Please note our Officers will make every effort to not “have to” enter a home of anyone who has been questionably exposed to the virus.
  • As for our loyal & dedicated volunteers: We are currently only allowing (4) **established** volunteers to walk/socialize the animals, at this time.
  • COVID-19 Pet Plan (PDF)

Berrien Bus

  • Effective Wednesday, March 18th, suspending all scheduled flex route services until further notice.
  • At this time, still operating demand response services but ask that customers limit their request to essential services only such as:
    • Medial appointments
    • Grocery shopping
    • Employment
  • Please call (269) 471-1100 with any questions or to request service.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

County Clerk

Community Development

  • Meetings for the following groups are cancelled until the end of May:
    • Brownfield Authority
    • Economic Development
    • Land Bank Authority
    • Land Preservation
    • Planning Commission
    • Public Works

Friend of the Court

Health Department

In an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Berrien County Health Department is altering several program and service operations to help encourage further social distancing. 

  • The Health Department offices and clinics in Benton Harbor and Niles remain open to the public, although all services are available by appointment only; walk-ins are no longer being accepted. 
  • The Three Oaks office is closed effective Tuesday March 17 at 4:00pm until further notice.

The following program operations changes are in effect as of March 17th:

  • Clinics are only accepting clients via appointment for immunizations, birth-control supply visits, and STD testing/treatment; walk-ins will no longer be accepted. Public Health Nurses are available via telephone for questions from clients.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will continue client appointments, but will move to as many tele-health visits as possible and will authorize and/or extend benefits over the phone.
  • Water filters/replacement cartridges are still available for Benton Harbor residents to pick-up in office, but all distribution events are canceled. Residents can call 1-800-815-5485 (select option #2) to have a filter/cartridge mailed to them.
  • Home visiting services and Children’s Special Health Care Services are shifting to tele-health visits/consultations only.
  • All Hearing and Vision pre-school screenings are canceled through the end of April.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all community coalition meetings, events, classes, and other community gatherings are canceled until further notice.

All clients are asked to call to reschedule appointments if they are feeling ill. Any clients who are exhibiting symptoms may be asked to wear a facemask. Client appointments have been spaced throughout the day to maintain appropriate distancing for those visiting and working in the clinic.

As offices remain open, the public is encouraged to call with further questions about services that are available at this time. BCHD staff are working day and night to monitor this evolving situation with COVID-19 and will continue to provide new information to the community as things change. A hotline has been established to answer questions from the public at 1-800-815-5485 and more information can be found at the Berrien County Health Department website at www.bchdmi.org or by following BCHD on social media.

Juvenile Center

Parks & Recreation - Love Creek

Parks & Recreation - Madeline Bertrand County Park

Parks & Recreation - Recycling

Printing

  • New Hours
  • Beginning April 7th - April 24th, Printing will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

  • Though Berrien County Trial Court operations are suspended, the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office will remain operating for essential court functions including:
    • Felony Preliminary Exams
    • Matter Specifically Pertaining to In-Custody Defendants
  • For emergency concerns on criminal matters: Email Mike Sepic

Register of Deeds

  • Currently Berrien County is not accepting eNotarized documents. Public Act 364 of 2018 requires that the Michigan Electronic Recording Commission adopt standards that address the acceptance and use of eNotarization of documents submitted for recording. Said standards have not yet been adopted.

Treasurer

  • Temporary extension of deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • The foreclosure date has been extended until May 29, 2020 or 30 days after termination of the state of emergency.
  • View the Executive Order (PDF)

Trial Court

Sheriff’s Office - Records Department

  • Records Department Lobby closed to the public as of 5:00pm on March 18, 2020.  
  • More Information