Antrim County
MICHIGAN

COVID-19 FAQ

Haven't coronaviruses been around a long time?
What is Antrim County doing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?
How can I keep updated on what's happening locally concerning COVID-19?
Where can I find the number of COVID-19 cases in our county and Michigan?
What am I allowed to do under the Governor's Executive Order?
What will be the consequences if I don't abide by the Executive Order?
What Are the symptoms of COVID-19?
What should I do if I am sick?
What Cleaning Products should I use?
Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?
How can I keep my children safe while enjoying the local parks?
How does COVID-19 compare to the flu?

Haven't coronaviruses been around a long time?

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). 

What is Antrim County doing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?

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.

 

How can I keep updated on what’s happening locally concerning COVID-19?

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:

 

Where can I find the number of COVID-19 cases in our county and Michigan?

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.

The State of Michigan Coronavirus homepage updates daily the latest COVID-19 cases throughout the State; check here for cumulative State numbers.

 

What am I allowed to do under the Governor’s Executive Order?

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. 

summary of the executive order is available and lists in short what you can and cannot do.

You can:

  • Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up needed prescriptions
  • Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking
  • Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
  • Fill your car with gas
  • Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside of the State
  • Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care

You may not:

  • Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker
  • Participate in any public gatherings
  • Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or residential care facilities (with limited exceptions)
  • Go to the mall or to restaurants

What will be the consequences if I don’t abide by the executive order?

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.

What Are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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.

What should I do if I am sick?

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:

  • Have trouble breathing
  • Have persistent pain or pressure in your chest
  • Are confused or not able to arouse
  • Have bluish lips or face.
  • Call 911 if it is a medical emergency

Other steps to take:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

What Cleaning Products should I use?

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.

Will warm weather stop the spread of COVID-19?

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.  

How can I keep my children safe while enjoying the local parks?

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.

How does COVID-19 compare to the flu?

Below is a graphic to best explain the differences.

Flu COVID-19 Comparisson

This page last updated on 4/29/2020.