Paramedic is Presque Isle County’s first COVID-19 case

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ALPENA — A paramedic from Onaway who works in Otsego County is the first Presque Isle County resident confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the patient confirmed to The News today.

Glenda Bowman has worked as a paramedic in Otsego County for 20 years and is 62 years, she told The News. She was tested on April 3 in Gaylord. She and her husband have been in quarantine since she first noticed her symptoms.

“We are hoping that this individual has a complete recovery,” Medical Director Dr. Josh Meyerson said in a statement. “We also are beginning to see evidence of community spread and therefore, community mitigation and prevention strategies are even more imperative.”

Residents need to follow public health guidelines and maintain social distancing, frequently wash their hands, and otherwise protect themselves to prevent the spread of the disease.

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