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[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Information: Feb 24, 2020

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UPDATED Feb 24, 2020. Page is reviewed at least weekly and updated if needed. Today’s update includes travel alerts issued for South Korea and Japan.

Health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (initially 2019-nCoV and now called COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Multiple cases have been confirmed in the U.S. No cases have been confirmed in Michigan. Three individuals in Washtenaw were tested; all of these tests were negative. 

Confirmed Cases in MichiganConfirmed Cases in Washtenaw CountySuspect Cases in Washtenaw County (Pending Test Results)

It is unclear how easily the virus is spreading between people at this time. 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


All testing is currently done at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Current testing criteria includes:

  1. Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND travel history to Hubei Province within 14 days of symptom onset.
  2. Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND travel history to mainland China within 14 days of symptom onset.
  3. Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND exposure to a laboratory-confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus case.

Information on Traveler and Airport Screening

Individuals returning from China now enter the U.S. through one of 11 airports, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). CDC staff are screening individuals for symptoms consistent with coronavirus and providing information or instructions. Washtenaw County Health Department is in close contact with state and federal health officials to support any necessary monitoring or testing of local individuals. 

The CDC has now issued a travel alert regarding South Korea and Japan. Anyone spending time in these countries should watch themselves for symptoms for 14 days after and let their health care provider know about their travel history before seeking medial care. 

For more, see travel notices: And, information for travelers from China arriving in the U.S.:

About Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. When person-to-person spread has occurred with SARS and MERS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. Past MERS and SARS outbreaks have been complex, requiring comprehensive public health response. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Preventing Illness

This situation may change quickly as we learn more about how easily this new virus does or doesn’t spread between people. Currently, the Washtenaw County Health Department does not consider contact with someone who recently traveled to China or other areas but is NOT sick a risky or potential exposure. You CANNOT tell if someone has a risk of spreading novel coronavirus by what they look like. As a reminder, it’s flu season and good prevention strategies are recommended for everyone to help reduce the spread of germs: 

  • Wash hands well and often
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay away from others when sick 


Further Michigan information:

Further information from the CDC:

General and travel information

Fact sheets in multiple languages

  • What you need to know about 2019-nCov: Simplified Chinese 
  • What you need to know about 2019-nCoV: Spanish 
  • What you need to know about 2019-nCoV: English
  • What the public should do to prevent the spread of 2019-nCov: English

Information for providers

Washtenaw County Health Department
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