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Results for first in-state test negative, per MDHHS

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Posted at 7:32 PM, Feb 29, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Test results from the first Coronavirus test done in Michigan came back negative according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Bureau of Laboratories tested a sample from an Oakland County resident who showed symptoms that lead a healthcare professional to suspect Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19 under the Centers for Disease Control's expanded testing criteria.

The Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health at MDHHS said the laboratory was able to get results from the sample a few hours after initial testing began.

There are currently 22 cases of COVID-19 identified and one person has died of the disease in the United States so far. Officials still consider the risk to U.S. citizens "low", but warn new cases could appear and ask everyone to continue safe public health practices. Wash your hands, avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth while coughing, and avoid contact with sick people. Anyone sick should stay out of contact with the general public and contact a healthcare professional with any concerns.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and a cough.