Lansing, MI – Governor Whitmer is joined by the Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. As of today, there are 2,295 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. Just over two weeks ago there were zero.
“Michigan is currently ranked fifth in the nation with confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is a novel virus and is incredibly contagious and deadly. There is no cure and no vaccine. We have too few tests, masks, gloves, swabs, and gowns for our medical providers. The only tool we have to fight this is to stay home.”
Governor Whitmer signed the Stay Home Stay Save executive order on Monday, March 23rd. She goes on the say, “This order is not optional. It is not a recommendation. It means staying home with the people that you live, not hosting a party with 10 of your friends.”
“What we need most is hospital gowns, ventilators, hand sanitizer and wipes, surgical masks, no touch thermometers. Donations can be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-4295. Donate to your local food bank or give blood if you can. Call 211 to find other ways you can help.”
“Hospitals outside of southeast Michigan are being ask to act as relief hospitals, offering 10% of their usual bed capacity to accept patients from other hospitals that are currently overwhelmed with critically ill COVID-19 patients.”
Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.