Michigan launches $5M 'Spread Hope, Not COVID' campaign

Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 16:14:29-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched a new initiative in the fight against COVID-19.

“Spread Hope, Not COVID” is a $5-million public education campaign that asks Michiganders to help contain the deadly disease by taking preventative measures:

  • Don a mask. Masks cut down the spread of COVID-19 by 70%.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Get tested if you feel ill. Click here to find your nearest testing site

The bipartisan-backed initiative is based on a survey taken earlier this summer, which revealed that Gen Xers are less likely to wear masks than Baby Boomers.

“While some of the actions we must take are personally uncomfortable and inconvenient, there is broad consensus that they will contain COVID-19 cases to levels that will enable us to safely reopen our economy, our schools and other institutions – and keep them open,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

“This virus has devastated families across the state and had an unprecedented impact on our economy. We are not out of the woods yet, and we must all continue to step up and do our part to fight COVID-19."