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First death of patient with COVID-19 reported in Michigan

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 21:05:26-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man in his 50s who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away at a Beaumont hospital in Wayne County, Beaumont Health announced.

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The man had other underlying medical conditions, officials say.

“Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for this patient and we are deeply saddened by his passing and empathize with his family,” Beaumont Health Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant said. “Our physicians, nurses and medical staff are all working together to care for COVID-19 patients. During a time like this, we are united to battle this virus. Further, we must continue to serve and care for the non-COVID-19 needs of all patients whether they are giving birth, needing essential surgery or requiring lifesaving emergency procedures.”

This is the first death of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in Michigan.

Both state and federal officials are reminding people that there are several preventative measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any other illness. Those include:

– Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and 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
– Practice social distancing

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after the exposure to the virus. They include:
– Fever
– Cough
– Shortness of breath

Hospitals across the area have set up special hotlines for the coronavirus questions. Details on each below.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - 888-535-6136
Ascension - 833-978-0649
Beaumont Health - 800-592-4784
Henry Ford Health System - 313-874-7500