Bay County Declares Local State Of Emergency In Response to Coronavirus

Bay County has declared a local state of emergency to open up more financing from federal and state sources to combat coronavirus.County Executive Jim Barcia said the declaration lasts seven days, but the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted to extend the measure until their next meeting, April 14.

Barcia and other county officials who said testing is being  stepped up expect more positive test results. The one presumptive case reported so far involved a physician who works at Saginaw’s Covenant  HealthCare.

Barcia advised everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene, especially people over 60 with underlying health conditions, who are at greater risk.