NOVI, Mich. – The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi will be converted into a care facility for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, officials announced Monday.
This will be done in collaboration with Ascension Michigan and will be the second alternate care facility to expand the state’s medical capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.
Prior to this announcement, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the TCF Center in Detroit would be an alternate care facility. Work has begun there.
The Suburban Collection Showplace will provide enough bed space for up to 1,000 coronavirus patients.
“The health and safety of our patients, associates, providers and communities is Ascension Michigan’s top priority,” said Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz Senior Vice President of Ascension Michigan. “We look forward to collaborating on this critically important initiative as we help to expand capacity for care during this global pandemic. We will get through this by working together to care for all those in need.”
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
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