Michigan's Chief Medical Executive Says We Should Not Let Up Efforts To Stem COVID-19 Spread

Apr 7, 2020

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Credit Michigan Department of Health and Human Services / michigan.gov/mdhhs

It could be another month before the Coronavirus pandemic even peaks, according to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with the state health leader about the latest developments concerning the pandemic and what that means to Michigan residents.


At this point in the pandemic, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun believes we have yet to reach the "apex of the curve."  The absolute peak of the outbreak could be the "end of April" or "first week of May," but that information could easily change.  The number of deaths continues to rise, 40% of which are African-Americans.

Still, Dr. Khaldun says, overall, Michiganders are compliant with Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home Stay Safe" executive order.  Residents are expected to stay home, except for "critical trips," such as gassing up your car, shopping for groceries, picking up medications, and so forth.

Dr. Khaldun reminds residents to take this pandemic seriously.  Even if someone is asymptomatic of COVID-19, they can still pass on the virus.  Therefore, if you go out in public, you should wear some type of protective face mask.  Anything made of cotton, quilting fabric, or just a simple scarf will suffice.

For more information, check out michigan.gov/coronavirus.

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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