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COVID-19 cases identified in Michigan psychiatric facilities

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three patients in state psychiatric facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two of the positive cases are patients at the Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland and one is at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline.

Three staff members at Walter Reuther have also tested positive for coronavirus.

“Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff and the patients at our state hospitals,” says MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “We treat the spread of COVID-19 with the greatest seriousness and are taking many steps to address it.”

State officials say additional cleaning measures have been undertaken at Michigan’s five psychiatric facilities and the facilities have stopped allowing visitors.

Several weeks ago, isolation units were equipped in each of the state’s psychiatric hospitals.