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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 05:09 AM

Coronavirus in Michigan: First 2 cases confirmed in Wayne, Oakland counties

In announcing Michigan's first two cases of novel coronavirus late Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also declared a state of emergency, saying she will harness all of the government's resources to slow the spread of the virus.

"We're Michiganders. We're tough," Whitmer said. "We know how to take care of each other. We will get through this, but for now, please make sure your family and friends are taking every preventative measure available to keep yourselves safe. Talk to your friends, and your family and your co-workers and encourage them to make smart choices. We in state government will continue our work to take every necessary precaution to keep Michiganders safe."

The two people who have the virus a man and a woman are both middle age and both are hospitalized, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The woman is from Oakland County and traveled internationally. The man is a Wayne County resident with a history of domestic travel.

Both tests were processed in the state laboratories in Lansing.


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