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Detroit Medical Center Prepares for Coronavirus Cases

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The Detroit Medical Center is preparing rooms for possible cases of coronavirus. Michigan has no confirmed cases of the virus.

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The Detroit Medical Center is preparing for possible cases of coronavirus.

DMC officials say the hospital has turned five rooms into negative pressure rooms. These work to circulate and filter air in and out of the rooms. 

Our staff is ready. We have policies and procedures in place to receive the patient.” - Teena Chopra, Detroit Medical Center

We have been preparing ourselves at DMC for the last several years since Ebola. Now that we have the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve been making sure that our staff is ready,” says Teena Chopra, Director of Infection Prevention at the DMC. “We have policies and procedures in place to receive the patient.” 

Chopra says the most important thing to remember is to wash your hands often. Currently Michigan has no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the nation on the coronavirus outbreak at 6:30 pm ET

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Tia Graham, Host, Weekend Edition

Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where is had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.

This post is a part of Coronavirus in Michigan.

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