First Cases of Coronavirus in West Michigan
Health officials say that there are now 12 presumptive cases of coronavirus in Michigan, including the first cases in West Michigan. Three people in Kent County and one in Montcalm County are said to have it.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the health departments in Ingham, Kent, Montcalm, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties announced today 10 adults tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 12.
“We continue to urge Michiganders to take precautions to prevent the spread COVID-19 in our state,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We have to proactively implement community mitigation strategies that will help prevent the spread of the disease, and particularly protect our most vulnerable Michiganders.”
The cases include:
- An adult female from Ingham County with a history of travel on a cruise.
- Two adult females from Kent County and one adult male, all with a history of international travel.
- An adult female from Montcalm with a 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 a history of domestic travel.
- One adult female and one adult male from Washtenaw County; one with a history of domestic travel and one with a history of international travel.
Just our south, there are suspicions that over 100,000 people in Ohio may have coronavirus but that can't be confirmed as there are likely many more cases than tests to prove it at this time.
There are steps residents can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold that will also help prevent coronavirus disease, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.