Over 4,300 area residents participate in COVID-19 tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. — More than 4,300 people from Midland and Gladwin counties participated in a COVID-19 tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday.

The event was hosted by Sen. Jim Stamas and Reps. Annette Glenn, Roger Hauck and Jason Wentworth with special guest Dr. Lydia Watson, chief medical officer at MidMichigan Health.

“This tele-town hall allowed hundreds of local families to join a conversation about COVID-19 and how it is affecting our state and people’s lives,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I want to thank Dr. Watson for helping answer several questions about the virus, what people can do to protect themselves and what state and local health officials are doing to keep families safe.

“I also want to thank Reps. Glenn, Hauck and Wentworth and all the people who participated in the tele-town hall and encourage anyone who could not participate to call the COVID-19 hotline or contact my office if they have any questions.”

Residents asked Watson and the lawmakers questions on many topics, such as what are the number of deaths directly resulting from COVID-19, how to stop travelers heading north from more impacted areas, how spouses of infected people can protect themselves, should annual physicals be rescheduled, when will the governor’s restrictions be lifted or changed, how is the stay-at-home order affecting people mentally and financially, what businesses are essential, and how are we testing for the virus.

People who were unable to participate are encouraged to contact Stamas’ office by calling toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or by emailing the senator at [email protected].

For information about COVID-19 and the state’s response to the pandemic, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. The state has also launched a hotline about COVID-19. Residents with any questions about the virus can call 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.