Hello friends,

With the first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, everyone must use their best judgment and proactively take the appropriate precautions to keep people safe and slow the spread of the disease.


Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency to maximize the available assistance for local governments to help slow the spread of the virus. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take the following actions to reduce the spread.


  • Learn about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK, and individuals at risk of severe illness should consider staying at home to avoid others who are sick.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones and light switches.
  • Use best practices for washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid large gatherings, conferences and sporting events (e.g. events with over 100 people).
  • Avoid in-person gatherings and activities, especially for organizations with individuals at risk of severe illness.
  • Consider tele-learning or tele-work opportunities, where feasible.
  • Limit non-essential work travel.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
  • Limit visitors at hospitals and other facilities to only those who are absolutely necessary and implement screening of visitors for temperature and respiratory symptoms.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a comprehensive list of interim migration recommendations. As information about this outbreak is changing rapidly, the latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.



John Cherry
State Representative

49th House District