MDHHS: 45 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In Michigan

Officials say more than 200 tests have come back negative.

WWJ News
March 15, 2020 - 11:32 am
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LANSING, Mich. (WWJ) -- The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to climb in Michigan, with health officials announcing 12 new cases Sunday evening, bringing the total to 45.

Gov. Gretchen held a press conference Sunday evening to address the rapidly evolving situation.

Whitmer, as are health officials all across the country, is urging the public to practice "social distancing," meaning people should stay six feet away from others and avoiding large public gatherings. Whitmer banned gatherings of more than 250 people in Michigan earlier this week.

Chief Deputy Director for Health and Human Services Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun says Michiganders need to take the virus seriously and do their part in social distancing and hand washing in order to curb the spread.  

"We do not need to panic and most people who get this disease will have mild illness," Khaldun said.

Officials did not immediately disclose any details about the newest patients.

One of the 45 cases has been confirmed to be a teacher at Detroit Osborn High School.

The previously announced cases include the following: 

  • Detroit, adult male with history of domestic travel and contact with someone with a confirmed case.
  • Oakland County, adult male with history of domestic travel.
  • Oakland County, adult male with unknown travel history.
  • Oakland County, adult female with history of contact with someone with a confirmed case.
  • Macomb County, adult male with no known travel history and no known contact with someone with a confirmed case.
  • Monroe County, adult female with history of domestic travel.
  • Wayne County, adult female with unknown travel history and no known contact with someone with a confirmed case.
  • Washtenaw County, adult female with history of contact with symptomatic person who had international travel history.
  • An adult male from Bay County with history domestic travel. 
  • An adult female from Charlevoix County with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Detroit with history of international travel.
  • An adult male from Macomb County with history of international travel.
  • Two adult females and an adult male from Oakland County, one with history of international travel two with unknown travel history.
  • Two adult females from Wayne County, one with history of domestic and the other with no history of travel
  • An adult female from Detroit with unknown travel history.
  • An adult male from Washtenaw County with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Wayne County with history of contact with a confirmed case. Dearborn Public School say this is a Whitmore-Bolles Elementary staff member who was not contagious while at the building. 
  • An adult male. No additional information is available on this case at this time. 
  • An adult female from Ingham County with history of travel on a cruise.
  • Two adult females from Kent County and one adult male, all with history of international travel.
  • An adult female from Montcalm with history of international travel.
  • Two adult males from Oakland County; one with no travel history and one with domestic travel.
  • An adult male from St. Clair County with history of domestic travel.
  • One adult female and one adult male from Washtenaw County; one with history of domestic travel and one international travel.
  • An adult female from Oakland County with a travel history. She has been identified as a teacher at a Farmington Hills private school.
  • An adult male from Wayne County. He has ben identified as a resident of Livonia with a recent history of domestic travel. That man is currently hospitalized at the University of Michigan. His condition was not known.

Whitmer also announced the Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting weight restrictions on trucks to allow suppliers to quickly restock stores.

Whitmer said she is currently working with the Michigan Gaming Control Board to talk about a possible temporary shutdown of down casinos.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include: Fever, cough and shortness of breath. Visit CDC.gov/Coronavirus for ongoing updates from the state.

On Thursday, Whitmer announced all K-12 school buildings in Michigan will be closed for three weeks, starting Monday.

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