What Michigan is doing to address Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On Feb. 3, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC) to support local and state response to the outbreak. MDHHS is working closely with healthcare providers, local public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor any potential cases of COVID-19 in Michigan.
Individuals who present to healthcare with symptoms of cough or difficulty breathing, fever and report a travel history that includes Wuhan, China, mainland China or contact with an ill individual who is under investigation for the Novel Coronavirus infection are being considered for CDC laboratory testing after consultation between MDHHS and CDC.
Individuals are asked to remain in home isolation until the test results are received and a diagnosis is confirmed or ruled out. MDHHS is participating in national calls to stay up to date on the investigation and is implementing all CDC disease prevention guidance. MDHHS will continue to update statewide healthcare providers with this information as it is received.
While the emergence of new viruses are a concern, annual influenza infections in the United States during the last 10 years have caused upwards of 45 million infections and 60,000 deaths annually. The best prevention for respiratory illnesses, in general, are to practice good hand hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water), stay home when ill and to get recommended vaccinations.