Gun Lake Casino donates excess food during closure

WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Gun Lake Casino donated more than two tons of food to local organizations to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After it announced a voluntary closure through March 30, the casino had an excess of food. More than 2.75 tons of food was split between Degage Ministries, Feeding West Michigan and Hand2Hand.

“We recognize this is a worrisome time for all, especially for the families who may be unable to afford food. In this great time of need, Gun Lake Casino is proud to donate and lessen the effects of this worldwide crisis,” President of Gun Lake Casino Sal Semola said in a news release Wednesday.

In Michigan, all the state’s public and private schools, bars and slew of other business were ordered close and restaurants to stop dine-in by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The governor has also limited all indoor gatherings to 50 people or less until April 5.

The state has advised people to follow common-sense practices for slowing the spread of the illness, primarily washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water, coughing into your arm or a tissue rather than your hands and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands. Health officials also stressed you should stay home when you’re sick. When in public, you should avoid shaking hands or standing too close to others.

COVID-19 presents with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. For most who contract it, symptoms are mild. The people most at risk are the elderly and those with preexisting health problems.

If you think you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, call your health care provider. Unless you are in need of emergency help, do not go to the emergency room so as to limit the spread of the illness. Get advice from a doctor over the phone or a televisit before going in.