Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Genesee County

GENESEE COUNTY—The Genesee County Health Department is reporting two more county residents have died after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Both victims were elderly males with underlying conditions who had been hospitalized. At this time, the health department is not releasing details on where the men were being treated.

As of 10 a.m. this morning (March 27), Genesee County has recorded 91 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.

The county’s first two COVID-19 deaths were reported yesterday. Both cases involved elderly males with underlying health conditions who had been hospitalized.

At a press conference held this morning, Genesee County Health Officer John McKellar said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has handed down a revised guideline for prioritizing COVID-19 testing.

Groups eligible to be prioritized for testing will include patients who are hospitalized or who have underlying health conditions; patients in long-term healthcare facilities; and healthcare workers and first responders.

McKellar said individuals who aren’t experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have mild symptoms of the virus will not be approved for testing at this time.

The Genesee County Health Department is strongly recommending that all residents:

Stay at home – Do not leave home except for essential tasks such as getting groceries or seeking medical care.

If you are out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid any gatherings.

Wash your hands often and well, especially after being away from home.

Do not touch your face, mouth or eyes, especially when out.

Cover coughs and sneezes. Everyone should be following the above guidance. There is evidence of community spread of COVID-19 locally. Everyone needs to take precautions, practice prevention and assume potential exposure in public locations.

The Genesee County Health Department continues to provide the latest information at www.gchd.us. Michigan updates are available at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and national updates are at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. –B.G.