Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 7:30 PM on 3/24/2020
- After her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, the governor continues to work to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state. With many hospitals throughout Michigan facing potential shortages of face masks and other essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment, Governor Whitmer called upon Michiganders and businesses to donate items needed most by hospitals and medical providers.
“Our brave medical professionals and first-responders are on the front lines of keeping us safe, and we must do everything we can to protect them and every Michigander we can from the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Whitmer said. “Right now, medical professionals across the state are forced to reuse face masks. This increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 during a time when we should do everything we can to mitigate it. We’re not getting the tools we need from the federal government, so it’s on all of us to work together to protect each other. ”
- Governor Whitmer applauded, Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW for coming together in a time of crisis to help build equipment that will serve health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.
- The Department of Health and Human Services announced 463 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Michigan’s total to 1,791.
- Additionally the governor, MDHHS and the CDC are urging people to continue to take the following basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
- 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.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.
HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT
- To maximize Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) sampling and testing capacity and ensure timely reporting of critical resources and needs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon today issued an emergency order establishing procedures to be followed during the pandemic to ensure continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws. This order is effective immediately.
“To save lives, we need to do two things: dedicate our limited lab capacity to the highest priority tests and obtain consistent, timely reports on hospital beds and PPE,” said Gordon. “This order aims to accomplish those goals.”
- Yesterday, Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a cease and desist letter to two related Rockford-based businesses for marketing to consumers the “Coronavirus Defender Patch,” which the companies falsely claim will help protect people from contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Meanwhile, price-gouging complaints related to COVID-19 filed with the Attorney General’s office are nearing 1,600.
“Providing consumers with a false sense of security that these patches could somehow protect them from this virus is simply wrong,” Nessel said. “I will not tolerate deceptive and misleading business practices at any time, but especially not during this time of uncertainty surrounding Michigan’s battle with COVID-19.”
- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development featured one of the Michigan businesses working to help make and supply the resources needed to fight COVID-19
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- COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-535-6136
- MLIVE: Detroit-area hospital system ‘almost at capacity,’ Gov. Whitmer says amid coronavirus outbreak
- Michigan NPR: Whitmer: COVID-19 will push healthcare system to brink, staying home “patriotic”
- Upper Michigan’s Source: Gov. Whitmer calls on Michiganders, businesses to donate medical supplies, personal protective equipment
- 9&10 News: Governor Whitmer 1-on-1 To Clarify Stay-At-Home Executive Order
- Fox 2: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants all residents to stay home
- The Detroit News: Ford extends temporary shutdown without restart date