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 [email protected].
“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.”
A group of Republican lawmakers this week introduced a plan protecting Michigan residents and job providers from excessive penalties for non-compliance with rules implemented unilaterally by the governor.
State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, and State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, of Detroit, delivered testimony Tuesday before the state House Education Committee on a bipartisan package of bills to give Michigan educators a voice in state policy decisions that directly affect local schools.
Speaking during his tele town hall meeting with area residents this weekend, Rep. Paquette say his chief job in the community the past few weeks has been listening and getting voices heard.