Governor Activates Emergency Operations Center Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

WWJ News
February 28, 2020 - 8:58 am
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LANSING (WWJ) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer has activated the state Emergency Operations Center to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The activation means every branch of state government is on alert, and coordinating to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution," Whitmer said. "We will continue to take every necessary precaution to keep Michiganders safe."

As of now, there are no confirmed cases of  COVID-19 in Michigan, but Michiganders should take all necessary precautions to prepare and to keep themselves and their families safe. Among the ways you can help prevent the spread of the virus is to wash your hands for 20 seconds, don't touch your face and replace hand shakes with elbow or fist bumps. 

The governor says she's also been in contact with educational and business leaders to ensure they are prepared in the unlikely chance that they would have to close or suspend operations.  

COVID-19 has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. As of February 27th, there were over 81,000 cases globally, with over 78,000 of those in China, including over 2,600 deaths in China. Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of the virus has occurred according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and 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