COVID-19 UPDATE: State confirms 787 cases


Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 787 cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan.

The most cases are located in Wayne County, where there are 349 cases. Of those cases, 71 percent are from the City of Detroit.

The city of Detroit alone has more cases of coronavirus, 248, than Oakland County, which has 229 cases.

Macomb County and Wayne County both have 101 cases while 12 Michigan counties have one confirmed case.

Across the United States, more than 19,000 cases have been reported with more than 200 deaths. In a White House coronavirus task force briefing today, health officials said they expect the number of cases to increase due to the availability of testing.

To date, five people have died from the coronavirus in Michigan. Four have died in Wayne County, and one in Oakland.

A woman in her 50s with other health complications died at McLaren Oakland medical center in Pontiac.

An 81-year-old man died at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Both died Wednesday, along with a man at a Beaumont Health hospital in Wayne County.

A fourth person in Oakland County died Friday.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

  • Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs such as:
  • persistent pain nor 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?

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 a 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 link.)

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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