LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido announced on Monday that, due to the coronavirus, he has postponed all remaining public events scheduled for the month of March and his Developmental Disability Town Hall that was scheduled for April 1.
“As our communities, state and nation work to slow and better prepare for the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, I want to do all I can to help in the effort,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Limiting group meetings and focusing more on remote communications is a necessary way to accomplish that.
“As such, I am postponing all of my remaining public events for the month of March, as well as the planned Developmental Disability Town Hall that was scheduled for April 1.
“I will resume holding events throughout the district once it is determined that the current moratorium on public gatherings is no longer necessary to ensure public health. Until that time, please stay in touch with me through social media and never hesitate to call or email my office with your questions, concerns, input and feedback.”
Lucido said that families should also be taking similar social distancing precautions.
“Health care professionals have encouraged everyone to limit their social interactions as a way to limit the spread of this virus,” Lucido said. “I strongly urge Macomb residents to follow this advice. We need to be serious about doing what we can to protect one another.
“For example, if you must go to the store to replenish necessities, only one person from the family should be going. This isn’t a snow day from school — we are facing a life-threatening illness, and there is no need right now for a family trip to Walmart. Let’s all stay safe and take care of one another.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that as of March 15 there have been 53 positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Residents who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or are not feeling well, should stay home and consult their doctor.
It is recommended that residents avoid large crowds when possible, and especially avoid people who are sick. People should wash their hands regularly using warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds and do their best to avoid touching their face.
The state has launched a hotline about COVID-19. Residents with any questions about the virus can call 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
“I would also ask everyone to join me in expressing our gratitude to all the physicians, nurses, other health care workers and first responders who are serving on the front lines,” Lucido said. “They’re spending long hours away from their families, unable to work from home, all to ensure the public’s health and well-being, and we thank them.”
Regularly updated information about this outbreak in Michigan is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.