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The Latest From Washtenaw's Medical Director On Coronavirus In The Community

Mar 25, 2020

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As the number of cases and fatalities from the coronavirus continue to increase, WEMU's Lisa Barry checked in with Washtenaw County medical director Dr. Juan Marquez to talk about what health officials are seeing locally as a result of the health pandemic.

It's spring, and typically we would be talking about the seasonal flu this time of the year, but as we all know, we are dealing with something much bigger and more troublesome to our health.  Washtenaw County medical director Dr. Juan Marquez says we are still in the middle of the traditional flu season and still seeing lots of changes dealing with COVID-19.

Dr. Marquez says they are starting to ramp up testing and are not sure if they are seeing more cases because they're doing more testing, or the virus is spreading.  He says there is no doubt there is community spread of COVID-19 in Washtenaw County, as well as across the state and the country.

He said they are still advising 14-day quarantine for anyone who may have been exposed to the virus saying symptoms typically appear between 2 to 14 days.

He says the best prevention is still good hand hygiene and staying six feet away from each other and staying home if you don't feel well.  He says Washtenaw County hospitals seem to be dealing well with the number of patients they have right now and are not yet over capacity as some have feared they would be.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu