The number of coronavirus cases has climbed for the second time Friday, with state officials now reporting nine more cases, bringing the total up to 25.
The cases, which were announced at 9 p.m. include:
- An adult male from Bay County with history of domestic travel
- An adult female from Charlevoix County with history of international travel
- An adult female from Detroit with history of international travel
- An adult male from Macomb County with history of international travel
- Two adult females and an adult male from Oakland County, one with history of international travel two with unknown travel history
- Two adult females from Wayne County, one with history of domestic and the other with no history of travel
The state does not have any additional information about the new patients to give out at this time. Testing is still underway for several other cases.
Here is a current list of positive cases across Michigan right now:
- Oakland County: 6
- Wayne County: 6
- Washtenaw County: 3
- Kent County: 2
- Macomb County: 1
- St Clair County: 1
- Ingham County: 1
- Montcalm County: 1
- Bay County: 1
- Charlevoix County: 1
- Unknown: 2
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking precautions to slow the spread of the virus in the state. Thursday evening she mandated that all schools close Monday, March 16 for the next three weeks.
Then Friday she urged that all gatherings and events greater than 250 people be canceled or rescheduled.
While the number of positive cases being reported is small relative to states like New York, California, and Washington, with the last two recording deaths, Michigan's positive case count is expected to increase. While the constant shifting numbers of those tested rises, officials argue that's a good thing.
"If we do our jobs right, you should see a rapid increase in the number of people testing positive, we can change the course of this very difficult time," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during a Friday press conference.
Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus but may put you in a better position to fight it.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.