Over 3,400 participate in Zorn COVID-19 tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. — More than 3,400 area residents from Monroe and Lenawee counties participated in a COVID-19 tele-town hall meeting on Friday with Sen. Dale Zorn and Dr. Stephen Bell of Newport Internal Medicine.

“The COVID-19 situation in Michigan and nationwide is rapidly changing, and people have a lot of questions about what is happening and how to stay safe,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We had a great turnout for the tele-town hall meeting, and Dr. Bell and I were able to answer several questions about the virus, our state and local response efforts and what people can do to help protect themselves and their families.”

Residents asked Zorn and Bell questions on many topics, such as why lawn maintenance isn’t allowed under the stay-at-home order, if a vaccine is coming soon or if there will be a second wave, why Michigan has more cases than Ohio, how area hospitals are doing, what the average recovery time is for the virus, if the governor’s executive orders require approval, if things will return to normal at the end of the stay-at-home order, how we will solve our economic crisis after this virus, and what resources are available for seniors in their homes.

“I want to thank everyone who participated and encourage anyone who could not take part in the tele-town hall to call the COVID-19 hotline or contact my office if they have any questions,” Zorn said.

Residents who were unable to participate are encouraged to contact Zorn’s office by calling 517-373-3543 or by emailing the senator at [email protected].

For information about COVID-19 and the state’s response to the pandemic, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. The state has also launched a hotline about COVID-19. Residents with any questions about the virus can call 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.