Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Updated April 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
COVID-19 update from Health Officer Jimena Loveluck / Noticias de coronavirus con la Directora del Departamento de Salud Jimena Loveluck (Vaya a 3:05 para español.)
Washtenaw County Health Department Provides COVID-19 Data by Zip Code and Race: Due to the number of confirmed cases in the county, Washtenaw County Health Department is now able to share COVID-19 data broken down by zip code and race. The information is available on our cases webpage and will be updated daily. The newly published data shows COVID-19 is present in every local zip code, but also highlights disparities within the county. Read more.
Washtenaw County Health Officer Asks Faith-Based Organizations to Cancel In-Person Services: Washtenaw County Health Department recommends the cancellation of faith-based gatherings or in-person services of any kind. Instead, consider posting sermons on social media, hosting group meetings via video chat, setting up text or phone trees to check-in with members. Our religious community and houses of worship provide critical support and comfort during these difficult times. Nevertheless, we all must do our part to protect the public’s health – that means your health, the health of your family and loved ones, and the health of our most vulnerable community members.. See recommendations (English, Spanish).
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. See Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. guidance.
Washtenaw County Health Department is issuing emergency orders requiring essential service providers and businesses, including childcare centers, to use recommended screening and social distancing to protect everyone’s health to the greatest degree possible. View the order for businesses and entities remaining open, as well as a separate order for childcare centers remaining open. These packets - businesses, childcare centers - have further information about what businesses have to do under these orders.
There is evidence of community spread locally. Residents can assume there is a possibility the virus may be present when they are in public places in the community. The Health Department is not announcing evidence of community spread to cause panic, but to reinforce that people should be taking all recommended prevention measures.
The Health Department and all local officials are relying on our community to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information.
REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. We know viruses do not discriminate based on location, race, ethnicity, or national origin. However, viruses like COVID-19 can highlight health disparities that are deeply rooted in our society. Let’s fight this public health concern with compassion and science, not fear and discrimination.
- Michigan information: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
- United States information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- World Health Organization: www.who.int/coronavirus
- Global dashboard from John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
- Get your family ready for coronavirus disease 2019, from CDC: English, Spanish, Chinese
- Managing anxiety and stress during COVID-19 from CDC
- Washtenaw County Information for Providers