The Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) received notification today of the first local deaths in Arenac and Gladwin Counties attributed to COVID-19.
The Gladwin County individual was an elderly female with underlying health conditions who was admitted to MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin on April 14, 2020 and passed away over the weekend. The Arenac County resident was a middle-aged female with underlying health conditions who was admitted to Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw on April 14, 2020 and passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
“We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones,” said Steve Hall, Health Officer at CMDHD. “This is a tragic reminder of how serious a threat COVID-19 is to our community. It’s crucial for residents to be aware of the virus and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.”
As this situation continues to evolve, we ask all of our residents to take the appropriate precautions. Strong community mitigation and prevention measures are already in place, and we urge residents to continue to follow recommendations:
• Stay at home. Do not leave home except for essential tasks such as getting groceries or seeking medical care.
• If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid any gatherings.
• Wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
• Check on others. Call your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require something essential, see how you can help.
Stay current on coronavirus information at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus; www.michigan.gov/coronavirus or https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus.