Coronavirus Cases In Michigan Reach Double Digits

Officials say the cases are in seven different counties.

WWJ News
March 12, 2020 - 6:15 pm

(WWJ) The number of confirmed cases of presumptive coronavirus rose to double digits Thursday night, according to officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

MDHHS, along with the health departments in Ingham, Kent, Montcalm, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties announced Thursday that 10 more adults have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Michigan to 12.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the first two cases of coronavirus in the state on Tuesday night, and has since declared a state of emergency in Michigan and advised against gatherings of more than 100 people.

“We continue to urge Michiganders to take precautions to prevent the spread COVID-19 in our state,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a statement Thursday.

“We have to proactively implement community mitigation strategies that will help prevent the spread of the disease, and particularly protect our most vulnerable Michiganders.”

Clinical specimens were collected from the individuals and sent to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories where they tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation testing. Tuesday night,

The cases include:

  • 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 with history of international travel.

Of the first two confirmed cases, one was an Oakland County woman and one was a Wayne County man. Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan announced Thursday night the man is a resident of Livonia with a recent history of domestic travel. That man is currently hospitalized at the University of Michigan, but his condition was not known.

Brosnan, in a video posted to Facebook, said "the city of Livonia is well prepared" for the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

Data shows 135 people have been approved for testing amid the coronavirus pandemic, while 120 people have tested negative. 26 other tests results are still pending. To date, more than 500 people in Michigan have been referred for assessment and/or monitoring and 172 are under active monitoring.

Whitmer announced late Thursday night that all K-12 school buildings in Michigan will be closed from Monday, March 16 until April 5. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

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