COVID-19 update: State confirms 65 cases


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Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 65 cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, as of March 17 at 2 p.m. EST. For March 18 case totals, visit the WLNS article here.

Of the 65 cases, 58 percent are male and 42 percent are female. By age, nearly one-third of the cases are people 60 to 69 years old with second largest age group of 40 to 49 years following at 17 percent.

The latest COVID-19 case updates can be found at

Beginning today, the state will begin reporting positive cases by the following categorization.

  • Cases and deaths broken down by county
  • Cases by age range (in 10-year increments)
  • Cases by sex

The afternoon web update will include all information reported through midnight the previous day. As of 2 p.m. March 16, one additional individual tested positive for COVID-19, an adult female from Macomb County with history of domestic travel.

Of the 65 cases, 49% of patients have not been hospitalized.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

  • Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs such as:
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • new confusion or inability to arouse
  • bluish lips or face
  • difficulty breathing contact your medical care provider immediately.

How does coronavirus spread?

The virus is thought to spread person-to-person between people who are within 6 feet of one another

  • Spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

What should I do to protect myself?

  • Clean or wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth and unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (social distancing)

How long does coronavirus live on surfaces?

Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may live for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, according to the CDC

How should I clean and disinfect my home?

  • Routinely clean tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks with EPA-registered disinfectants

How should I clean if I live with someone who is self-quarantining/is ill?

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

  • In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
    • As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home, following home care guidance.
    • The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants (examples at this linkpdf iconexternal icon).

What should I do if I think I am sick?

  • Stay home – people who have mild symptoms of COVID-19 are able to recover at home, according to the CDC. Do not leave.
  • See your doctor — call before you get medical care.
  • Stay away from others – you should limit yourself to one room and avoid others in your home. If you can, use a separate bathroom.
  • Limit contact with pets and animals — Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.

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