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2 more deaths from COVID-19 reported in Michigan

Posted at 9:40 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:36:09-04

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) —

Two more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Michigan.

An 81-year-old patient died at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

“As we continue to respond aggressively to this pandemic and monitor developments, both around the world and now here in our nation, we knew we would eventually have to make this announcement,” said Bob Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Henry Ford Health System. “We are deeply saddened by this outcome and our hearts remain with the patient’s family and friends.”

Another death was reported at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.

The patient was a woman in her 50s.

McLaren released the following statement:

On March 18, 2020, a female patient at McLaren Oakland who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away. The patient was in her 50s and had underlying health conditions prior to contracting the virus.

We extend our sympathy to the patient’s family, and we encourage everyone to adhere to CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of this highly contagious disease.

The first death was reported at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County. The patient, a man in his 50s, had other underlying medical conditions.

FULL COVERAGE: Everything you need to know about coronavirus

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