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Published 3/29/2020
8:08pm

Total COVID-19 Case Count Up to 8 in Shiawassee County 

Shiawassee County Health Department Notified of Three New Positive Coronavirus Cases

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The Shiawassee County Health Department has been notified of three additional cases of COVID-19. This brings the total case count for Shiawassee County to eight. There has been 6 adult males and 2 adult females diagnosed. The Shiawassee County Health Department continues to be in contact with those diagnosed. If you have been in close contact with any of these individuals, you will be contacted by the Shiawassee County Health Department. The state of Michigan has reported 5,486 confirmed cases and 132 deaths.
Shiawassee County residents can assume there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. It is important, more than ever that residents adhere to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Take precautions everywhere and minimize trips outside of the home.

Memorial Healthcare recently began on-site testing through its own laboratory, which allows for test results within 48 hours. This has led to an increase in COVID-19 specimens being tested.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should wash their hands, stay home when they are sick, avoid close contact with sick people, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and practice social distancing. Testing for COVID-19 will be determined based on risk assessment.

The Memorial Healthcare Alternate Care Site will remain open on a walk-in basis from 7AM to 7PM for mild to moderate flu-like symptoms at 826 W. King St. Owosso, MI, 48867. For those with severe symptoms, county residents should call 9-1-1 or proceed to the emergency department. Please call the Memorial Healthcare emergency department at (989) 723-5211 before arrival if possible.

Updates will be provided as information is made available. Please check the Shiawassee County Health Department Facebook page or health.shiawassee.net for more information. A local hotline is available at 989-743-2460, Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM to answer health questions or concerns and help community residents with basic needs.

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