State Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker today issued the following statement related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Michigan:
“The community spread of COVID-19 is having a large impact on communities, our state, our nation, and the world. The state of Michigan, in close partnership with local health care officials, is working diligently around the clock to implement measures to contain the virus and protect Michigan families. It is vital that individuals seek and adhere to accurate, reliable information about this public health crisis and do what is necessary to curb the rapid spread of this virus. I implore every individual to utilize effective preventive measures, such as washing your hands often with soap, staying home if sick, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and practicing social distancing.
“I recently supported an emergency budget plan to address evolving challenges with the spread of the virus. That plan included more than $25 million to assist in virus monitoring, testing and infection control. Steps are being taken right now to help mitigate our risk and provide help to the people who need it. I am prepared to do whatever is necessary within the power of the Legislature to protect the residents of Michigan from this pressing threat to public health.
“The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with our local health care providers, local public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively isolate and monitor individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Further, the governor has activated a state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with state, local and federal agencies to remain alert and help prevent the spread of the virus.
“For questions about coronavirus, Michigan residents can call 1-888-535-6136. The hotline is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The hotline is an excellent resource for anyone with health-related questions about coronavirus. I encourage people to call. Experts are ready to help you with a range of questions about the disease.
We must listen to the medical experts, heed their warnings, and take this pandemic seriously.”
For more information for preparing your workplace for COVID-19 https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf