Adult male tests positive for COVID-19,

currently in out-of-county facility


LAPEER COUNTY — Yesterday, March 24, the Lapeer County Health Department reported its first positive case of COVID-19.

“The individual is an adult male who is currently hospitalized at an out-of-county facility,” the agency said in a press release.

“Lapeer County Health Department is contacting people who have been in close contact with the patient. They will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.”

Health Department Director Kathy Haskins said that residents should continue to assume the virus may be present in public places.

“As a precaution, Lapeer County Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others,” Haskins said.

Those symptoms are fever of more than 100.4 F, dry cough and shortness of breath.

Health officials continue to stress that anyone who becomes ill, should contact their doctor first and that testing will be determined based on a risk assessment.

On Sunday, an employee of the Thumb Correctional Facility, county officials announced that a state prison in Lapeer, did test positive for the virus but that individual was not a county resident.