Hospitals Announce 2 More Deaths In Michigan From Coronavirus

WWJ News
March 19, 2020 - 10:04 am

(WWJ) BREAKING NEWS —Two more people have died in Michigan from COVID-19, for a total of three. 

Officials said Thursday that a woman in her 50s with, who had an underlying health  condition, died at McLaren Oakland Hospital. 

 "We extend our sympathy to the patient’s family, and we encourage everyone to adhere to CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of this highly contagious disease," the hospital said, in a statement. 

In addition, Henry Ford Health System today announced its first COVID-19 related death. The 81-year-old patient died Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

“We are deeply saddened by this outcome and our hearts remain with the patient’s family and friends,” said Bob Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer, Henry Ford Health System.

Henry Ford says it has more than two dozen positive cases of coronavirus in its facilities and the number is expected to rise. 

The first fatal victim, announced Wednesday, was a Southgate man in his 50s who died Wednesday morning at a Beaumont hospital in Wayne County. 

No names have been released. 

Meanwhile, Oakland County is reporting a total of 94 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county; which is up significantly from the 23 cases reported by the state yesterday. A spokesperson for Oakland County says more hospitals and private labs are conducting more tests, which allows for more confirmation of cases. 

There have been at least 110 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Michigan according to the state; though experts say that number is very likely to continue to rise.

Henry Ford Health System said it is monitoring its supply inventories closely including masks, gowns, face shields, wipes and other products to keep patients and team members safe.

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