Coronavirus confirmed in Michigan; Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency

Posted by Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub—Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus has been confirmed in Michigan.

The cases are in Oakland and Wayne Counties, according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

One of the cases is a woman from Oakland County with recent international travel, and the other is a man from Wayne County with recent domestic travel.

Both are currently hospitalized.

Clinical tests were collected and sent to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories where both tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

Tests will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.

Gov. Whitmer held a press conference Tuesday evening announcing a state of emergency in Michigan.

She said she would provide more details about the order on Wednesday.

Whitmer said the state is doing everything it can to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“We are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Michiganders safe,” Whitmer said. “I have declared a state of emergency to harness all of our resources across state government to slow the spread of the virus and protect families. It’s crucial that all Michiganders continue to take preventative measures to lower their risk, and to share this information with their friends, family, and co-workers.”

The patient in Wayne County is currently under isolation.

“Our Public Health Division is working to identify individuals who may have come into close contact with the patient so we can take appropriate steps and monitor them closely,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “We are continuing to collaborate with the state health department and recommend residents continue to practice prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Whitmer reminded residents to take all efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:
-Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
-Avoid contact with people who are sick.
-If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

This story will be updated


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