It's time to get creative when staying in touch with family and friends, GVSU public health expert says

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As of March 25, Michigan is among the top five states for the number of COVID-19 cases, said Ranelle Brew, chair and associate professor of public health.

Brew said it's shocking considering the size of Michigan compared to other states. She said the March 23 Stay at Home executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was essential.

"This is a big change and our lives have been shaken up," said Brew. "But, I can't stress it enough, avoid seeing family and friends who live close by. I've seen some pretty creative ways people are staying in touch — knocking on doors to wave and making signs."

Brew stressed wearing gloves and covering your mouth when needing to shop for groceries, or use pick-up or delivery services. She also advises not to travel for spring break.

"Some people are thinking of taking advantage of low airfare prices to escape Michigan for warmer weather or places with fewer (COVID-19) cases, but you would be putting yourself and family members at risk," she explained. "It's highly recommended by health care officials at every level to avoid non-essential travel."

With 19 days left in the Stay at Home order, Brew said plan for daily exercise, eat healthy foods and unplug from technology when possible.

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