Michigan confirms 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 25
Michigan has confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the tally to 25, the state health department announced Friday.
The cases the Department of Health and Services reported include:
• An man from Bay County with history of domestic travel.
• A woman from Charlevoix County with history of international travel.
• A woman from Detroit with history of international travel.
• A man from Macomb County with history of international travel.
• Two women and a man from Oakland County, one with history of international travel, two with unknown travel history.
• Two women from Wayne County, one with history of domestic travel and the other with no history of travel.
A third Washtenaw County resident, a man, tested positive for the virus on Friday.
Michigan's total number of cases had jumped from two on Tuesday to 12 Thursday night.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Tuesday, announced the closure of all K-12 schools Thursday and prohibited gatherings larger than 250 people in a Friday order.
It was unclear Friday whether the new confirmed cases would follow a pattern of commonality found with those previously reported.Michigan's cases also seemed to involve largely middle-age adult patients who are in isolation at home or in a hospital.
While most patients had limited exposure to others, according to county health departments, two individuals in Oakland County traveled to various locations throughout Southeast Michigan, West Michigan and the Thumb after their presumed time of exposure.
The state health department also announced Friday the launch of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) starting Saturday (March 14) at 9 a.m.
Public health and other experts will answer health-related questions about COVID-19 as well as direct residents, providers and more to the correct resources in their local communities and other state government departments, according to state officials
The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.
Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.