Over 900 people attend MacDonald COVID-19 tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. — Nearly 1,000 area residents took part in a COVID-19 tele-town hall meeting with Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Monday evening.

“The COVID-19 coronavirus is a highly contagious disease that has infected nearly 19,000 Michigan residents and killed 845 people, including 2,414 cases and 121 deaths in Macomb County,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The information about this public health emergency constantly changes and can be overwhelming.

“I hosted a tele-town hall to help answer some questions from the people of Macomb about the virus, our state’s response efforts to it and what people can do to help protect themselves and others. It was a tremendous success, and I want to thank everyone who participated.”

A tele-town hall meeting is a telephone conference call in which people can speak to the host and ask questions.

Joining MacDonald for the event was Dr. Mohammed A. Arsiwala, M.D., president and medical director of Michigan Urgent Care and president of the Michigan State Medical Society.

During the tele-town hall, 20 residents asked MacDonald and Arsiwala coronavirus-related questions, including questions about the virus incubation period, its symptoms, if it will ever go away, how people can catch the virus, the governor’s emergency declaration request, the impact of closing the school buildings on special needs students, and how Medicaid will be affected.

“I hope the tele-town hall was able to answer some important questions,” MacDonald said. “Hopefully, the situation will improve soon, and we can all return to our regular way of life. In the meantime, I encourage families to continue to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones and to call the COVID-19 hotline or contact my office if they have any questions.”

Residents can call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. More information on the virus is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

People may contact MacDonald’s office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at [email protected].