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UPDATE: Michigan has 54 COVID-19 cases, New daily update metrics announced

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Published: Mar. 15, 2020 at 5:31 PM EDT
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UPDATE: As of March 17, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will begin reporting COVID-19 case numbers at a new time with new metrics.

In a daily web update at 2:00 p.m., the department will provide statewide numbers for:

Cases and deaths broken down by county

Cases by age range (in 10-year increments)

Cases by sex

The afternoon web update will include all information reported through midnight the previous day. As of 2:00 p.m. Monday, one additional individual tested positive for COVID-19, an adult female from Macomb County with history of domestic travel.

“It is important to provide the public with accurate data regarding this outbreak,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “As the number of people tested has drastically increased in recent days, our team has transitioned the way it prioritizes and reports testing.”

As new counties get cases of COVID-19 and more labs begin testing for the virus, the epidemiologists who track statewide data are gathering and analyzing information from many sources. They must work closely with local health departments and labs to make sure statewide data is accurate and complete.

Health care providers, local health departments or others may publicly announce cases or deaths before they are included in the statewide count. Local public health departments are a great source of information and may report more details on specific cases than the state.

In order to provide case counts as quickly and efficiently as possible, the department has also stopped reporting some of the numbers available online earlier in the outbreak. MDHHS will no longer report the number of persons under investigation, tests pending, referred for assessment and/or monitoring to date and total assessment and/or monitoring referrals under active monitoring.

Those public health resources will be redirected to case investigation and management. Local public health officials will continue tracing close contacts of new cases as part of their case investigation process.

Providing accurate and timely public information in a rapidly changing situation is a top priority for health officials. As the statewide response changes to meet current needs, there may be additional changes to numbers reported.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at

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UPDATE: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced late Sunday 20 positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 53.

The cases include:

• Washtenaw County, three adult males, all with a history of international travel.

• Detroit, adult female with unknown travel history.

• Oakland County, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.

• Detroit, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.

• Macomb County, adult female with unknown travel history.

• Oakland County, male child with contact with a person with COVID-19

• Kent County, adult male with unknown travel history and unknown contact history.

• Oakland County, adult male with unknown travel and contact history.

• Wayne County, adult male with unknown travel and contact history.

• Ottawa County, adult female with unknown travel and contact history.

• Clair County, adult female with contact with a person with COVID-19.

• Macomb County, two adult males with no travel or contact reported.

• Wayne County, adult male with no travel or contact reported.

• Oakland County, adult male with international travel history.

• Oakland County, adult male with no history of travel or contacts.

• Detroit, adult female with no history of travel or contacts.

• Kent County, adult male with history of domestic travel.

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UPDATE: In a Sunday evening press conference, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stressed the importance of social distancing and remaining calm as there are now 45 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan.

There are at least 12 new presumptive positive cases in Michigan, but no details have been released yet about where the new cases were reported. As of Saturday night, there were no positive tests reported in Upper Michigan. More tests are being run Sunday evening, with new numbers and details to be released Sunday night.

The governor also said the Michigan Gaming Control Board is working to close the three commercial casinos in Detroit. The governor's decision does not apply directly to tribal casinos, as each sovereign tribal nation has the authority to regulate its own operations.

She did not announce that bars and restaurants need to close their dining rooms, as Ohio and Illinois' governors did Sunday, however she didn't rule that out from happening soon.

Whitmer said the state's next steps on that will be announced in the very near future. She has already banned gatherings of groups of 250 people or more.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.

A news conference is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Earlier Sunday, the governors of Ohio and Illinois announced all restaurants and bars will close for inside dining for more than two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there are 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan.

The news conference will be available on TV6 and through a link in this web story.

Social Media and Live Streaming of the news conference: