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Read Gov. Whitmer's state of emergency declaration amid first coronavirus cases

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 09:20:15-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — The first cases of coronavirus and COVID-19 have been confirmed in Michigan and Gov. Whitmer has declared a state of emergency.

Whitmer announced late Tuesday that she made the declaration to assist local governments to slow the spread of the virus.

The state has a website set up specifically for COVID-19 and is at Michigan.gov/coronavirus.

According to the state Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, the cases are in Oakland and Wayne counties. The Oakland County resident is an adult female and had a recent history of international travel. The Wayne County resident is an adult male had a history of domestic travel. Both patients are middle-aged, according to Whitmer.

Read Gov. Whitmer's entire emergency declaration below.

"The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can spread easily from person to person.

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