Antrim, Kalkaska braces for COVID-19

Linda Gallagher

REGION — The streets of towns all across the region presented a very strange scene Tuesday morning, with no pedestrians on the streets and virtually no vehicles on the roadways.

Municipalities all over northern Michigan as well as all across the country were the same — ghost towns reminiscent of the scenes in the 1995 movie "Outbreak", with few businesses open, others offering only window service, schools everywhere closed for at least the next three weeks, and citizens asked to "self-isolate" and maintain "social distancing" — all in an attempt to prevent the potentially devastating effects of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, China in January and has since spread around the world.

Late last week, as both the State of Michigan and the federal government ordered strict measures to slow the spread of the virus, most residents of the area were incredulous.

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