Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones Tests Positive For COVID-19

WWJ News
April 02, 2020 - 1:13 pm
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Brenda Jones (Photo: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

DETROIT (WWJ) - Former Congresswoman and current Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones is the latest elected official in Michigan to test positive for COVID-19.

She is said to be doing OK.

According to a news release Thursday, Jones "is doing her part by remaining isolated," and will continue to follow her doctor's orders.

"Fortunately, because she is not experiencing any of the horrific symptoms associated with the coronavirus, she will continue working remotely from home," the release states. "Brenda advises everyone to take the coronavirus seriously, to frequently wash their hands, to participate in social distancing, to be safe and take care of themselves and their families."

Michigan is now third in the nation with confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of last official count on Wednesday, Michigan had 9,334 confirmed cases of the virus, with a total of 337 related deaths statewide. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of disaster in Michigan and formally asked the legislature to extend the existing state of emergency by 70 days. The current "stay home, stay safe" order is set to expire on April 13, but could also be extended. On Thursday, Whitmer ordered in-person school canceled for the remainder of the school year. 

The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick. Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.