Michigan has reported its first two presumptive cases of novel coronavirus, state officials announced Tuesday night.
The two cases are in Wayne County and Oakland County, state health officials announced alongside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).
“It has moved into Michigan,” Whitmer said. “Please confirm your family and friends are taking every preventative measure possible.”
Thirty-nine people in Michigan have already tested negative for the virus, with another 63 approved to undergo testing and hundreds being monitored, ABC affiliate WXYZ reported.
Whitmer activated the state Emergency Operations Center in late February and created four task forces to stem the spread of the virus.
These include task forces covering the supply of medical services, K-12 public schools and better education, the workforce, and state operations, including state-owned facilities.
“I’ve signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency so as to maximise our efforts and assist local governments and officials to slow the spread. It’s crucial that Michiganders still take preventative measures,” Whitmer said Tuesday, advising residents to regularly wash their hands and canopy their mouths when coughing.
“All these sound simple but they work and that they will help mitigate the spread. the most goal of those efforts is to slow the spread of the virus, to not stop it,” she said.
The emergency operations center on Tuesday also activated Michigan’s Joint Information Center to raised coordinate communications between state agencies in response to the virus.
“During emergencies, whether it’s a natural disaster or a public health issue, the Joint Information Center is employed to trace important information and supply it to the general public,” Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security Division, said in a very statement Tuesday. “Timely and accurate communication is essential to making sure the security of Michigan’s residents.”