The St. Clair County Health Department (SCCHD) says it is continuously working on preparedness and response planning for COVID-19 in the event the virus spreads to the area. In a recent press release, the Health Department assures residents that “communication occurs daily with federal, state and local officials and partners. Currently, Michigan, including St. Clair County has no confirmed cases at this time.”
As COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, cases increase worldwide, including in the United States, it is important to be mindful of preparing for a shift from an epidemic to a pandemic. Taking action early can help protect your health and those you care about.
Health Department officials say measures like getting information from credible sources, practicing good hygiene and staying home when sick will help decrease and slow the spread of infection, and reduce the impact on our community. If you are sick and have any suspicion it could be COVID-19, it is a good precaution to call ahead before going to the doctor or hospital if you are sick. In most cases, COVID-19 infections are not serious, but be watchful of concerning symptoms like shortness of breath and prolonged fever. For the most up to date information on this developing situation, visit cdc.gov.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.