Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. One individual from Macomb County has been tested for coronavirus, and the test has come back negative.
The virus is spreading from person-to-person in China. A growing number of countries are reporting cases in travellers from China and some limited person-to-person spread has been reported in countries outside of China, including the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have travelled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example, health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The most up-to-date information on the situation is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
For information on travel, see the CDC’s specific guidance for travellers.
Additional Michigan information
- General information
- January 24 News Release: MDHHS investigating possible cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019
- January 27 News Release: Results of three Michigan 2019 Novel Coronavirus specimens come back negative
- February 3 News Release: MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus