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Serving the people of Macomb County is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may email [email protected] or call toll-free at 1-866-303-0110. Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Working for you,

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

Coronavirus update

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COVID-19 is a newly identified type of coronavirus that is highly contagious and causes respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Residents who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or are not feeling well, should stay home and consult their doctor.

As of March 18, there have been 80 positive COVID-19 cases and one death in Michigan. Macomb County currently has 10 reported cases.

Although it’s unfortunate that people in our community have tested positive for COVID-19, it is important to remember that you can reduce your chances of getting the virus or spreading it to others with preventive measures like washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, covering your cough or sneeze and avoiding direct contact with other people as much as possible.

In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, the governor has declared a state of emergency, closed all school buildings through at least April 5, banned gatherings of over 50 people in shared spaces, closed all movie theaters, recreation centers, indoor exercise facilities, and casinos until March 31, and ordered bars and restaurants in Michigan to close for dine-in guests. This unprecedented situation changes rapidly and additional actions may be necessary.

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I am proud the Senate has worked in a bipartisan manner to direct vital resources to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and to protect Michigan families. House Bill 4729 and Senate Bill 151 dedicate $150 million in state and federal funds to assist with monitoring, laboratory testing and infection control, to support expanding health care capacity and critical payments to hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, nurses and testing labs, and to support a Coronavirus Response Fund should the situation worsen.

We are also working on legislation and additional school funding options to meet the needs of our schools, teachers and students who are being impacted by the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19.

Residents can stay up to date on the latest news surrounding COVID-19 in Michigan at www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. I will also be sharing the latest information on my Facebook page.

The state has also launched a hotline about COVID-19. If you have any questions about the virus, you can call 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

I recently filmed a public service announcement on an easy step that we all can take to help our neighbors who may be struggling during these unsure times. You can see the 20-second video by clicking on the image above.

Digital coffee hour on March 20

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Out of an abundance of caution and to assist our COVID-19 preventive efforts, we are suspending all in-person, in-district constituent activities.

I am still available and will continue to do the best we can to serve the people of Macomb County, but this step is necessary to protect our constituents and slow the spread of COVID-19.

I normally hold district coffee hours on the first Monday and third Friday of every month to hear directly from the people.

Instead of holding the next two coffee hours in person, I will be holding digital coffee hours live on Facebook. The first one is March 20. To participate, simply visit my Facebook page on Friday at noon.

The digital coffee hours are about any topic, not just COVID-19. Please submit any questions you may have in advance to [email protected].

Coronavirus testing FAQ

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I wanted to share with you some information about testing for COVID-19. As you can imagine, the state has received a lot of inquiries about testing for the virus.

Here are some answers to the questions they’ve been receiving the most often:

Q) What is the process for a person to get tested for COVID-19?
A) Anyone who is interested in being tested for COVID-19 should first talk with their health care provider. Health care providers have been issued the following guidance for evaluating patients for COVID-19 testing: “Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Decisions on which patients receive testing should be based on the local epidemiology of COVID-19, as well as the clinical course of illness. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness, including infections such as influenza.”

Q) How long should it take for test results to come back?
A) Currently, most laboratory specimens received by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories are processed on the same day. Specimens received in the evening or overnight are processed on the next day’s testing runs. Initial reports from commercial laboratories have indicated turnaround times of up to 72 hours.

Q) What should a person do if their doctor and local health department refuse to test them for COVID-19?
A) Local health departments are facilitating the approval and prioritization of specimens being submitted to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories. They are not conducting specimen collection for COVID-19 testing. Some physicians are also not collecting specimens. The best advice we can give is to call ahead to provider locations to determine the availability of testing. Please inform them of your current symptoms in case there are special instructions for individuals with respiratory symptoms who are presenting to their facility.

Q) There is wide discussion in the news of a shortage of test kits nationwide. What is the state’s capacity to test for COVID-19? Are we going to run out of tests?
A) The state has enough kits to meet current testing demand and capacity at the Bureau of Laboratories. The Bureau of Laboratories is also authorized to order additional kits as needed to maintain that capacity.

 

Michigan's 10th Senate District

The 10th District includes the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb Township and most of Clinton Township.

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Senator Michael D. MacDonald
4200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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