web analytics

Categorized | Featured, News

Michigan announces first cases of COVID-19

Michigan announces first cases of COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Michigan. Courtesy photo.

Governor Whitmer declares a state of emergency to maximize efforts to slow the spread; WHO declares it a pandemic; Michigan to get more aid from CDC

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Division and Wayne County Health Department announced Tuesday that two Michigan residents tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the state. The governor has declared a state of emergency to maximize efforts and assist local governments and officials to slow the spread of the virus.

“We are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Michiganders safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “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. Clinical specimens were collected and sent to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories where both tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. Specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.

“We are taking the identification of COVID-19 in our state very seriously,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We continue to urge Michiganders to take precautions to prevent the spread of this virus in our state.”

“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,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “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.”

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 steps residents can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold that will also help prevent coronavirus disease, including:

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.

There is also a list of other things you can do to limit the spread of the virus on our website at www.cedarspringspost.com. Examples include disinfecting your phone, keyboard and doorknobs; shopping online; and working from home.

COVID-19 Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include:

  •  Fever
  •  Cough
  •  Shortness of Breath

Updates will be posted to Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Meanwhile the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is awarding $560 million to state and local jurisdictions to support the COVID-19 response efforts. Michigan is reportedly getting another $14,567,049.90.

“State and local health departments are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are deeply grateful for their work,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “CDC is distributing this new funding extremely rapidly, as called for by Congress. President Trump, and his entire administration will continue working to ensure state and local jurisdictions have the resources they need to keep Americans safe and healthy.”

“Our state, local, tribal and territorial public health partners are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The action we are taking today will continue to support their efforts to increase public health capacity where it’s needed most,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “These funds will allow public health leaders to implement critical steps necessary to contain and mitigate spread of the virus in communities across the country.”

On Friday, March 6, the President signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The supplemental contains $8.3 billion government-wide, with resources directed for grants or cooperative agreements to states, localities, territories, and tribes to accelerate planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response, as well as develop tools and strategies, provide technical assistance and program support, as well as ensure ongoing communication and coordination among public health agencies and partners throughout the response.

Today, CDC is contacting State Health Officers to move forward with awarding over $560 million to states, localities, territories, and tribes. CDC will use existing networks to reach out to state and local jurisdictions to access this initial funding.

In other COVID-19 news, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially named the virus a pandemic.

According to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled in the last two weeks. “There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives. Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals,” he said in a televised announcement.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.”

He added that WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and they are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

“We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” he announced. He also said it does not change anything WHO is doing because they have been in full response mode since the beginning.

He noted that of the 118,000 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90 percent of cases are in just four countries; and two of those—China and the Republic of Korea—have declining epidemics. 

81 countries have not reported any cases, and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less. 

“We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: all countries can still change the course of this pandemic,” said Dr. Tedros. 

“If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace, and mobilize their people in the response, those with a handful of cases can prevent those cases becoming clusters, and those clusters becoming community transmission.

Even those countries with community transmission or large clusters can turn the tide on this virus. 

“Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled. The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same—it’s whether they will… All countries must strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights.”

For more of his remarks visit https://www.who.int.

This post was written by:

- who has written 18080 posts on Cedar Springs Post Newspaper.


Contact the author

Comments are closed.

advert
Kent County Credit Union
Ray Winnie

Archives

Get Your Copy of The Cedar Springs Post for just $40 a year!