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Additional possible coronavirus case in Michigan being investigated

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 15:05:35-05

YPSILANTI, Mich. — A fourth possible case of coronavirus in Michigan is being investigated by health officials.

The Washtenaw County Health Department said Monday that another patient is being tested for the illness after the state announced three possible cases last week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the first three possible cases tested negative for the disease.

An additional sample is being sent to the Centers for Disease Control for testing.

There is no timeline of when officials will receive test results due to the volume the CDC is receiving, but they are expected in a matter of days.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says all four cases being investigated have presented with mild illness. Those who may have been infected are isolating themselves and being closely monitored by their local health departments.

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that is common among animals and humans. However, the CDC says this is a new strand that hasn’t been detected before.

As of Monday, there have been five confirmed cases in the U.S.