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Total number of coronavirus cases in Michigan reaches 53

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:09:21-04

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday there were 20 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state, bringing the total to 53

FULL COVERAGE: Coronavirus outbreak in Michigan

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, and the cases have increased every day.

The cases include:

  • Washtenaw County, three adult males, all with a history of international travel.
  • Detroit, adult female with unknown travel history.
  • Oakland County, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Detroit, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Macomb County, adult female with unknown travel history.
  • Oakland County, male child with contact with a person with COVID-19
  • Kent County, adult male with unknown travel history and unknown contact history.
  • Oakland County, adult male with unknown travel and contact history.
  • Wayne County, adult male with unknown travel and contact history.
  • Ottawa County, adult female with unknown travel and contact history.
  • Clair County, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Macomb County, two adult males with no travel or contact reported.
  • Wayne County, adult male with no travel or contact reported.
  • Oakland County, adult male with international travel history.
  • Oakland County, adult male with no history of travel or contacts.
  • Detroit, adult female with no history of travel or contacts.
  • Kent County, adult male with history of domestic travel.

Whitmer has issued several executive orders of the week that are aimed at helping "flatten the curve," which includes the closure of all K-12 schools in Michigan and a temporary ban on all large gatherings and events over 250 people amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Other restrictions include to healthcare, nursing homes and juvenile health facilities. Whitmer announced that the Michigan Gaming Control Board is working to temporarily close casinos.

She also called on President Trump for a federal disaster declaration which would give the state federal aid including unemployment aid.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Replace handshakeds with elbow bumps.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.