Officials confirm 1st COVID-19 cases in Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first two cases of COVID-19, coronavirus disease 19, were confirmed in Michigan Tuesday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Tuesday night after announcing the confirmed cases.

State officials say one case is a middle-aged woman from Oakland County who recently traveled internationally. The other case is a middle-aged man from Wayne County who traveled domestically.

The University of Michigan Health System confirmed Wednesday it was treating one of the patients and said that person was in stable condition.

“This patient in Wayne County is currently under isolation. Our Public Health Division is working to identify individuals who may have come into close contact with the patient so we can take appropriate steps and monitor them closely,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “We are continuing to collaborate with the state health department and recommend residents continue to practice prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

“Oakland County and our Health Division will investigate the circumstances around this case so we understand if there are any potential close contacts,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said. “We must all as individuals and communities continue our prevention and preparedness strategies as we hope for a full recovery for this member of the community.”

During a press conference, Whitmer said four task forces are working to fight the potential spread of the virus. The office for the task forces opened up at the end of February.

“We are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Michiganders safe,” Whitmer said. “These task forces will help us slow the spread in those particular areas.”

She also urged people to take precautions in not spreading the virus.

“We will get through this, but for now, please make sure your families and friends are taking every preventative measure available to keep yourselves safe.” Whitmer said. “Talk to your family and your coworkers and encourage them to make smart choices.”

In West Michigan, eight tests for the virus have been sent out in Kent County and seven in Ottawa County. Results have not come back the tests.

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