Michigan announced its first two cases of the Coronavirus, CoViD-19, in two highly populated Michigan counties: Wayne and Oakland. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency to identify the affected individuals to treat them and contain the virus.
“We are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Michiganders safe,” Whitmer said. “I have declared a state of emergency to harness all of our resources across state government to slow the spread of the virus and protect families. It’s crucial that all Michiganders continue to take preventative measures to lower their risk, and to share this information with their friends, family, and co-workers.”
One of the cases is an adult female from Oakland County with recent international travel and the other is an adult male from Wayne County with recent domestic travel. “The 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. “Oakland County and our Health Division will investigate the circumstances around this case so we understand if there are any potential close contacts,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter.
Local health departments will be working diligently to identify anyone who has come in close contact with these cases and recommend they be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.”
There are things everyone can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease, as well as the flu and common cold. Dr. Fadi Moustarah, MD, MPH, recommends the following:
- “Washing your hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.”
After being exposed to the virus causing COVID-19, it may take anywhere from two to 14 for a person to show symptoms, which may include: Fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
We pray that this epidemic will be contained, especially if we all do our parts and public health resources are also mobilized early and are effectively administered. Other areas in the world are showing containment and a significant decrease in new cases. Major efforts are now underway here in our state.
Keep vigilant and keep well, and remember your neighbor in your prayers. God willing, we’ll get through this together.