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Posted on: March 13, 2020

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The City of Portage continues to follow recommendations from the State of Michigan to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the overall public health of residents.  The City of Portage has activated the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).  This will allow for a coordinated response, as well as access to regional and national resources.

Starting at 5 PM on Monday, March 16, all city facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.  The work of essential services for Portage residents will continue.  The public is encouraged to conduct business via phone, e-mail, U.S. Mail, the 24-hour drop box or online at  The availability of these services may change further as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve.

The Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, March 19, as well as the Board of Review and City Council meetings on Tuesday, March 24 will be held.  The public is encouraged to participate in the Planning Commission and City Council meetings via cable access (Spectrum subscribers on channel 995, AT&T subscribers on channel 99) or via live stream at  

“We are working diligently to balance the need to provide city services to the public while protecting the health and welfare of Portage residents and city employees,” said City Manager, Joe La Margo.  “As the situation changes, so too will our response,” he said.  Please watch the city website ( and Facebook ( for updates to this information.  Questions regarding city operations may be directed to the Office of City Manager at (269) 329-4400.  Healthcare-related questions should be directed to Kalamazoo County HCS call center at (269) 373-5267.

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