WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say two people in the Detroit area have tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
A woman in Oakland County had traveled outside the country, while a man from Wayne County had traveled within the U.S.
They are in hospitals and are middle-aged. Both cases will be reviewed by federal health experts. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and urged people to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces. More recommendations are expected in coming days.
Doctor Joneigh Khaldun is the Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
She says this is likely just the beginning of more cases in Michigan.
"These are the first known cases of Covid-19 here in the state of Michigan. It is very likely that we will see more cases and that there will be community spread. We need everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of the disease as much as possible."
The patients are in hospitals.
Both cases will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.