TRI-CITY AREA — As of Tuesday, March 31, Lapeer County’s COVID-19 case count stood at seven and St. Clair County’s had climbed to 31, but they noted five of those individuals have since recovered from the virus.

“Over the next few weeks, many communities, likely including our own, will see an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Current estimates show that 98% of people who contract COVID-19 will recover with only mild or moderate symptoms. However, it is the responsibility of everyone to stay at home unless essential for you to leave so that we can keep everyone in our community safe, especially those who are at high risk,” the St. Clair County Health Department stated in their latest press release.

Both counties’ health officials encouraged residents to seek out emotional and mental support for anyone who’s struggling with anxiety, depression or feels overwhelmed.

St. Clair County Community Mental Health has created a new COVID-19 Support Line, available Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, that’s free, confidential and available to anyone in St. Clair County. Calls to 810-985-8900 will be answered by a trained, licensed mental health professional.

In Lapeer County residents can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517).