April 3, 2020 Albion, MI (AMN) – The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) reports the county’s first death due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The individual was an adult resident at Advantage Living Center (Battle Creek) with underlying medical conditions. “On behalf of Calhoun County we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Eric Pessell, Health Officer for Calhoun County Public Health Department. “We are saddened by this death and realize it is difficult news for our community as we face the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The importance of staying vigilant in our disease prevention actions is stronger than ever. Not everyone who has the coronavirus will be visibly sick. Following public health guidelines is essential. Please continue to limit travel outside the home only when absolutely necessary, and diligently wash your hands.” Currently there are 9 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases at Advantage Living of which five are residents and four are staff members. The CCPHD continues working with Advantage Living leadership and staff to control the facility spread of COVID-19. If Advantage Living family members, guardians, or residents have questions, please call the Michigan Long-term Care Ombudsman and Advocates for Nursing Home Residents free and confidential number at 866-485-9393. They are available to discuss any questions family members or guardians may have. CCPHD continues to recommend that everyone:
- 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, using the toilet or changing diapers, and before eating.
- Do not touch your face or mouth, especially when out
- Check on others – Call your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require an essential errand, see how you can help.
This morning, there are 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Calhoun County. “We mourn with our community at this sorrowful time,” continued Pessell. “It is also a critical time for us to to protect each other and support our healthcare workers and other essential workers. We can do this. Following this guidance can slow the spread of illness and maintain care and resources for everyone. Working together will help us see the other side.”***
For updates from Calhoun County, about County operations and COVID-19 in Calhoun County, visit the County website, calhouncountymi.gov.
For updates from the City of Battle Creek, please visit battlecreekmi.gov/coronavirus.
The State’s COVID-19 Hotline is available for anyone who has questions or concerns related to the virus. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 1-888-535-6136. For state COVID-19 information, visit michigan.gov/coronavirus.