Michiganders Unite on Common Mission to Safely Reopen Our State
Thursday September 24, 2020
No matter how we have been individually affected by COVID-19, we all want to get Michigan back to work, our economy fully reopened, and the joys of life the virus took from us returned.
All Michiganders share the same goal: we all want to safely reopen Michigan. To safely reopen and stay open, Michiganders must unite on a common mission to contain the virus –by taking three simple actions to reduce the spread and protect each other from getting sick or worse.
“There is hope to be found everywhere, and there is an end in sight if we all unite and work together to safely reopen Michigan and keep it open, to resume doing the things we all love to do in our beautiful Great Lakes state,” said Rebecca Burns, Health Officer.
“Spread Hope, Not COVID”
At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen — and stay open. Michiganders must:
1. Wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose to reduce the spread.
While masks alone may not always prevent the spread of the disease, scientists, doctors and health experts agree that cloth masks and face coverings can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by about 70%.
Masks do not have to be worn all the time. Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever you are in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces where you may be in close contact with people outside of your household, or people you do know but have not been with or near recently.
2. Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your household
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact.
A mild illness for one person, could be life-threatening for someone else.
3. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
Don’t touch your face, nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands.
This routine practice also prevents the spread of many other viruses and illnesses.
In addition, testing and contract tracing continue to be vitally important towards reopening Michigan. To get tested, call the COVID Hotline at 888-535-6136 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, or visit Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest, to find testing locations near you and schedule an appointment. If you test positive, help prevent further spread by participating in case investigations and contact tracing with local or state health officials.
Rebecca Burns said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused undeniable economic and personal suffering for millions of Michiganders. “Our gathering places, communities, schools, places of worship, places of business, and our homes: everywhere and everyone in Michigan has been touched by the impact of the virus,” Burns said. “If all Michiganders unite, we can fully reopen our state and stay open,” Burns said. “The last thing any of us want is to reopen our state only to have it close again from another wave of infections and deaths. Reopening before it is safe puts our health care system and economy once at risk –a risk we cannot afford."
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing health care, and protecting the environment.