3 patients, 3 staff members at state psychiatric hospitals test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 7:47 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 21:30:24-04

(WXYZ) — The state said three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among patients at two psychiatric hospitals.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the cases are at its Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline and Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland.

“Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff and the patients at our state hospitals,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said in a release. “We treat the spread of COVID-19 with the greatest seriousness and are taking many steps to address it.”

Two of the positive cases are patients at Walter Reuther and one is at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. The state said three staff members at Walter Reuther have also tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the state, isolation units were equipped in the state's five psychiatric hospitals a few weeks ago, and cleaning measures have been undertaken at the facilities. Staff and patients are also being closely monitored, and visitos are not allowed.

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