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Hundreds being monitored for coronavirus in Michigan, 1 in Kent County

All 7 people so far screened by the Kent Co. Health Dept. have been found not to have the virus
Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 11:07:29-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — While hundreds of people are being monitored by the State of Michigan for possibly being infected with the recent coronavirus, there is just one person in Kent County who remains under medical watch.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that spread of the virus into communities within the United States appears inevitable at this point.

Since Jan. 31, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has had to monitor a total of 347 people. Once they are alerted to a suspected case of the virus, each person is screened. So far, all of the patients in Michigan have been classified as, what they are calling, "medium risk."

It is not clear how many people are still currently under medical watch. After they are screened by the state, that person's local health department picks up monitoring their wellbeing.

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus found in Michigan so far.

Kent County has had to keep an eye on seven residents so far with suspected cases. Six of those people have passed the 14-day incubation window and found to be healthy. They continue to monitor one person, but a spokesperson with the Kent County Health Department says they are no longer showing symptoms.

The CDC says they have so far identified 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States.