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MVAA encourages veterans and stakeholders to guard against coronavirus

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The first two cases of coronavirus in Michigan were confirmed March 10, leading Gov. Whitmer to declare a state of emergency to maximize efforts and assist local governments and officials to slow the spread of the virus.
 
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is approaching this emerging threat to public health with an abundance of caution. The MVAA is working closely with the state of Michigan’s Executive Office, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other state and federal agencies to address coronavirus, or COVID-19.
 
Here is some important information for our many veteran stakeholders regarding the steps people can take to protect themselves and their friends and families at home, at work and in everyday gathering spots.
 
Use good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases:
 
  • Stay home if you are sick and advise others to do the same.
  • Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and warm water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).
  • It’s not too late to get your flu shot! While the influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.
 
Review travel advisories before planning travel
 
  • Always review travel advisories from the federal government when planning personal and business travel. Review CDC.gov/Travel for destinations with risk of community spread of COVID-19.
 
Take action to prepare your organization
 
Community spread of COVID-19 in Michigan could affect routines and daily operations. Employers should consider creating or updating their infectious disease outbreak response plan, including:
  • Identify work-related exposure and health risks to employees.
  • Review human resources policies to make sure policies and practices are consistent with public health recommendations.
  • Explore policies and practices for flexible work sites or hours to increase physical distance between employees.
  • Identify essential business functions to maintain operations if interruptions to supply chains or increased absenteeism occur.
  • The Centers for Disease Control has provided guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities including businesses, community- and faith-based organizations, and childcare organizations and schools.
 
Share accurate information
 
Always share accurate information about a virus and how it spreads. It is important to remember that stigma and discrimination occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality. COVID-19 does not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial background. Suspected discrimination can be reported to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, frequently visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus