SAGINAW, MI — The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Saginaw County has jumped from two to eight overnight.
On Tuesday, March 24, the Saginaw County Health Department issued an update on coronavirus cases in the county, with six new confirmed cases of illness and 69 tests pending.
Among the cases includes a Saginaw city employee, a woman in her 90s who is a resident at Covenant Glen assisted living in Frankenmuth and a man in his 60s.
The first confirmed case was reported on Saturday, March 21.
The Covenant Glen resident is currently hospitalized for treatment, according to officials with the facility.
“All residents, resident families, and staff have been notified of the situation. Covenant Glen is in close communication with the Saginaw County Health Department and is taking all necessary measures to keep residents and employees safe,” the company said in an email to MLive-The Saginaw News.
Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales said he was notified about the city employee who tested positive for the virus after 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.
He said from there, city administration worked with the Saginaw County Health Department to identify employees who had been in direct contact with the employee to inform them about the situation.
By Sunday evening, city department heads, City Council and union leadership were all notified that an employee had tested positive and advised them to tell employees if they didn’t feel comfortable they didn’t have to come in to work at City Hall.
“A number of them did call in sick so the word did get out there” Morales said.
There has been an extra effort to sanitize and clean City Hall, according to Morales.
So far, the health department has recorded 114 tests and 37 of those have come back negative.
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