The City of Kalamazoo issued the following announcement on March 23.
Mayor David F. Anderson has released the following statement:
Since the threat of COVID-19 first emerged, the Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Community Services has been closely monitoring the situation, coordinating testing, and taking steps to isolate individuals that had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus. During this time, our entire community has taken preventative steps to limit overall exposure. Still, based on what we know about the spread of this pandemic, we planned for when cases in Kalamazoo County were confirmed.
Today, the Kalamazoo County Department of Health and Community Services confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 in Kalamazoo County. The individuals that have been confirmed to be positive are being cared for and are quarantined from contact with the public. This will be true for any additional cases, more of which may be identified as testing is expanded in the coming days.
This announcement underscores the importance of following all guidelines provided by public health officials, including Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. We can all help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying calm and following the direction of officials. The decisions that we collectively make today could have life or death consequences for ourselves, our friends, or family, or neighbors. Consider this as we are all asked to make sacrifices in the weeks ahead.
I would like to remind everyone that essential public services will continue. Public Safety Officers will still be there when you need them, water and wastewater operations are ongoing, and our 3-1-1 staff remain available to answer questions and provide information. Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals will rise to the challenge, and we should support them when opportunities arise. We should show our gratitude to the many people still working to ensure we can all access food and essentials, and that are helping to keep life as normal as possible. And we should do what we can to offer support to those who may have lost income or have other challenges as a result of the preventative measures that have been put into place.
The people of Kalamazoo are its greatest strength and the reason that we will make it through this pandemic. Thank you for doing your part to help our community prepare and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Let’s all stay calm and stay the course.
Original source can be found here.
Source: The City of Kalamazoo