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Michigan announces four more presumptive positive COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:31:22-04

LANSING, Mich. — Four more presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Michigan, bringing the state’s total to 16.

The cases include a woman from Detroit with an unknown travel history, a Washtenaw County man who traveled internationally, a Wayne County woman who made contact with a confirmed case, and an adult male. Further information on his case wasn’t immediately available.

There were nine presumptive positive cases of the disease confirmed on Thursday, prompting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to order all K-12 schools to close for three weeks starting Monday.

Three of Thursday’s cases were in Kent County and one was in Montcalm County.
Officials with the Kent County Health Department say the spread of the disease is much more widespread than they initially thought. However, that doesn’t mean they expect a bunch more confirmed cases.

Whitmer said Thursday night she expects the number of cases in Michigan to continue to grow and encouraged everyone to follow protocols to mitigate the spread.

All the presumptive positive cases will need to be confirmed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.