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Total number of coronavirus cases in Michigan reaches 54

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 13:57:22-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan State Police announced Monday there was 1 new case of COVID-19 reported in the state, bringing the total to 54.

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The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, and the cases have increased every day.

The newest case is an adult female from Macomb County with a history of domestic travel.

Moving forward, officials say new cases will be announced at 2:00 p.m. every afternoon and will include information reported to them through midnight of the previous day.

“It is important to provide the public with accurate data regarding this outbreak,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “As the number of people tested has drastically increased in recent days, our team has transitioned the way it prioritizes and reports testing.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued several executive orders of the week that are aimed at helping "flatten the curve," which includes the closure of all K-12 schools in Michigan and a temporary ban on all large gatherings and events over 250 people amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Replace handshakeds with elbow bumps.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.