Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, there are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans and is named according to World Health Organization (WHO) standard: CO (corona), VI (virus), D (disease), 19 (2019).
Antrim County has declared a State of Emergency and is working with agencies throughout the county, including Antrim County Emergency Services, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, and Antrim County Sheriff’s Department, to prepare for COVID-19.
Antrim County’s Emergency Operations Center is "stood up" preparing for the outbreak and seeking donations from businesses and individuals, who may have items to spare for our first responders, emergency workers and critical staff. For ways to help, visit the Donations Request webpage.
The County offices are still up and running, despite the County Building being closed to the public, to best serve our residents.
We recommend that you continue to visit Antrim County’s COVID-19 webpage for more updates as they happen.
You can also follow the following Antrim County Facebook pages for updates and news as it happens:
So far there are no reported cases in Antrim County. We will update the Antrim County’s COVID-19 webpage with all new information as we get it.
For answer to questions regarding the Governor’s Executive Order and what you can and cannot do as part of the order can be answered by calling the Governor Constituent Services line at 517-335-7858.
A summary of the executive order is available and lists in short what you can and cannot do.
You may not:
If the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office receives a call about someone violating the order, the Sheriff’s Office will respond/investigate the situation, as it does with any call it receives. The decision to prosecute will fall on the Prosecutor’s Office.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. The elderly, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
Stay home, except to get medical care, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
Seek medical attention immediately if you:
Other steps to take:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work, see the CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and disinfection. It is important to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. While some viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months it is still possible to become sick with these viruses during warm months.
When outside and at the park, please respect other’s with the self-isolating guidelines, keeping your distance, at least 6 feet, away from others. If at all possible, encourage children to engage in other outdoor activities (walking, riding bikes, etc.) and forego the playground equipment. The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through surfaces that have been touched, coughed/sneezed on, etc. from an infected person and can linger for hours or even days.
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