DHD2 announces potential COVID-19 locations in West Branch

19 positive COVID-19 cases in Arenac County as of April 30

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WEST BRANCH — District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) made an announcement April 29 alerting the general public of possible COVID-19 exposure locations in the West Branch area. 

Individuals who were present at the listed West Branch locations at the designated times, have the potential for exposure: 

• Home Depot: April 20, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

• Walmart: April 22, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

• Walmart: April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

• Walgreens: April 24, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

According to a press release from DHD2, it will only alert the public to specific locations where an individual who has tested positive has been when the contact-tracing team is unable to contact all of the individuals who might have been present, such as with larger facilities. DHD2 wants to make the public aware of locations that may have allowed for low risk exposure, therefore making individual identification difficult.

Individuals present at these locations and times should monitor themselves for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If they do not develop symptoms within the 14 days of these dates, there is nothing to be done. Those that develop symptoms within 14 days of these dates should contact their doctor and consider COVID-19 testing. 

DHD2 urges residents to stay home and stay safe and to: 

• only leave home for essential needs and as infrequently as possible 

• limit the number of individuals who leave your home (designate one person to get groceries, pick up medicine, etc.) 

• if you must go out, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid gatherings 

• when recreating outdoors, maintain social distancing, do not congregate 

• wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds 

• avoid touching your face 

• disinfect commonly touched surfaces 

• check on others – by calling loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk to see how they are doing and if they need help Denise Bryan, Health Officer at DHD2 states “We cannot overemphasize the importance of continued compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. We want to stress that this is an order, not a suggestion, aimed at protecting the public’s health. The rise in cases and ongoing community spread in our area serve to remind us how imperative it is that we follow this order. Essential businesses should be screening their employees, providing home-made face coverings, and implementing social distancing measures.” 

 

As of April 30, there have been 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CMDHD region, including 19 positive and 7 probable cases out of 136 tested in Arenac County. There have been 23 reported recoveries and ten deaths reported in the region with one death being in Arenac County. 

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