State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, today issued the following statement related to coronavirus cases that were recently identified in Cass and Berrien Counties:
“Earlier this week we learned of Berrien County’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 – today Cass County’s first case was also reported. My heart goes out to the individuals and their families who were impacted by the diagnoses.
“Our area’s first reported cases are a concern, but not a shock. That being said, our local health care officials and hospital staff are prepared and working diligently to contain the virus and protect Southwest Michigan families. We need your help to prevent its further spread. That means using effective preventive measures like washing your hands often with soap, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and heeding the governor’s order to stay home as much as you possibly can.
“It is also imperative that we do not perpetuate fear by spreading false information. Please gather your information from reliable and timely sources, such as www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/. For questions about coronavirus, Michigan residents can also call 1-888-535-6136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email COVID19@michigan.gov.
“I am confident we will get through this difficult time if we work together. At this time, we have two choices, to be part of the problem, or to be part of the solution. Please continue to practice smart habits until we are free and clear from the dangers of coronavirus.”