WATCH: Michigan, MSU Coaches Give Coronavirus PSA

"Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," Harbaugh said.

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March 19, 2020 - 11:33 pm
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97.1 The Ticket -- "No matter what team you root for, we need your help."

That's the message coming from University of Michigan and Michigan State University athletics coaches and administrators as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads throughout the state.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a public service announcement regarding the coronavirus Thursday, with the likes of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh offering their help in combating the virus.

"When it comes to keeping Michiganders safe, we’re all on the same team. Go Green! Go Blue!" Whitmer tweeted.

As sports have virtually come to a standstill in the U.S., Wolverines and Spartans coaches and athletic directors are sharing key tips in preventing the spread, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding touching your face.

"Even if you don't feel sick, you can transmit the virus," new Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker says.

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins warns that the virus is spread by close contact, while MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant encourages social distancing.

The number of cases in Michigan skyrocketed on Thursday as state health officials announced more than 250 new cases and two new deaths due to the virus.

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"Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," Harbaugh said.

"Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces," Howard said.

Officials are urging the public to take extra caution with those who are more vulnerable to the virus, including elderly people and those with compromised immune systems. 

Health officials have been urging the public to take the matter seriously and are saying it's on everyone -- not just the vulnerable -- to stop the spread.

"No matter our age or travel history, we will share this responsibility," Izzo says.