Extra West Michigan counties reporting coronavirus instances; Kent County complete reaches 21 – WZZM13.com


Saturday, the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers reported a complete of 787 COVID-19 instances throughout 27 counties. In West Michigan, there are actually optimistic instances in six counties.

Allegan, Barry, Berrien and Calhoun counties reported their first instances on Friday and Saturday. The are additionally confirmed coronavirus instances in Ottawa and Kent counties. 


Saturday afternoon, Allegan County well being officers reporting their first case of COVID-19. The resident is an 85-year-old who has been hospitalized. 

The affected person was examined on Friday, and well being officers are investigating any shut contacts to place them into residence quarantine. 

“With this optimistic, we all know that COVID-19 is in our neighborhood,” states Angelique Joynes, MPH, RN, Allegan County Well being Officer. “The neighborhood has achieved an incredible job of making use of social distancing and private hygiene habits. Please proceed to be diligent so we will gradual the unfold of COVID-19.”

This case just isn’t included within the state’s Saturday tally. 


Barry County reported its first case Friday. Well being officers mentioned the affected person is a 45-year-old man with no journey historical past. They’re monitoring anybody who had shut contact with him. 

“Barry-Eaton District Well being Division just isn’t naming public low-risk publicity places. Residents ought to behave as if the virus could also be current when they’re in public locations locally,” a information launch mentioned. 

Colette Scrimger, a Barry-Eaton District Well being Officer urged the general public to proceed to make efforts to cut back the unfold of the sickness.

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Calhoun County mentioned their first case was confirmed by the state lab. The Calhoun County resident, who’s an grownup, solely had a latest journey historical past inside southwest Michigan, based on the Calhoun County Public Well being Division. The affected person is in self-isolation of their residence and is in steady situation, based on public well being officers. 

“At the moment, I counsel the general public to proceed searching for their data from respected and trusted sources,” mentioned Calhoun County Well being Officer Eric Pessell, referring folks to the county website, the CDC or Michigan.gov

“I urge our neighborhood to keep in mind that information might help us stay ready and grounded as we proceed to navigate this ongoing and ever-changing scenario,” mentioned Pessell.

Have more questions about COVID-19? Check out the state’s website.

BERRIEN COUNTY: 2 instances

Saturday, Berrien County reported its first two instances of the coronavirus. Each sufferers are ladies beneath 60 years previous. They’ve been self-isolating for a number of days and are in good situation, based on the Berrien County Well being Division and Spectrum Well being Lakeland.  

Well being officers say the 2 ladies had shut contact with a Christian singer, Sandi Patty, at her live performance on March 8. Patty has examined optimistic for the virus. Berrien County Well being officers are asking anybody who got here in shut contact with Patty to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for signs.  

 Nicki Britten, Berrien County Well being Division well being officer, mentioned they’ve been getting ready for the unfold of COVID-19 for weeks. 

“We aren’t but seeing widespread neighborhood transmission of COVID-19 in Berrien County, though we anticipate this to vary,” mentioned Britten. “Everybody has a task to play in serving to us forestall the unfold of COVID-19, in addition to different viruses that may trigger respiratory sickness. It is rather essential that our residents stay dedicated to particular person prevention efforts, staying up to date on the scenario with data from credible sources, and put together for an ongoing response to this virus locally.” 

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KENT COUNTY: 21 instances

Kent County continues to report probably the most instances of COVID-19 in Michigan, with 9 new instances on Saturday. The full has reached 21; well being officers haven’t but launched extra details about the brand new instances. 

Dr. Adam London with the Kent County Well being Division mentioned in his Friday replace that testing provides are scarce. 

“Proper now our hospitals are actually overwhelmed with folks wanting checks, and it simply just isn’t doable for everybody who desires a check to get examined,” he mentioned. “At this level, most of our hospitals are testing people who find themselves sick sufficient to be admitted.” 

OTTAWA COUNTY: 2 instances

Friday, Ottawa County well being officers mentioned a second particular person has examined optimistic for coronavirus. They mentioned the realm resident is an grownup lady, and so they offered no additional particulars. 

“Based mostly upon the rise in COVID-19 instances statewide, folks ought to act as if the virus could also be current when they’re in public locations and may, subsequently, be taking all really useful prevention measures,” mentioned Dr. Paul Heidel, OCDPH medical director.  

The primary case in Ottawa County was reported final weekend. Well being officers mentioned the affected person and no earlier journey historical past, which signifies she was uncovered by neighborhood unfold. The well being division has since recognized greater than 50 contacts of the affected person, who’ve all been requested to quarantine. 


Sufferers with confirmed an infection have reportedly had delicate to extreme respiratory sickness with signs of:   

  • Fever   
  • Cough   
  • Shortness of breath   

The most effective prevention for viruses, equivalent to influenza, the frequent chilly or COVID-19 is to:   

  • In case you assume you may have been uncovered to COVID-19, name your well being care supplier. In case you wouldn’t have a well being care supplier, name the closest hospital. 
  • Wash your fingers typically with cleaning soap and heat water for 20 seconds. If not obtainable, use hand sanitizer.     
  • Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril, or mouth with unwashed fingers.     
  • Cowl your mouth and nostril with a tissue or higher sleeve when coughing or sneezing.     
  • Keep away from contact with people who find themselves sick.     
  • In case you are sick, keep residence, and keep away from contact with others.    
  • Keep at the least 6 ft away from others when in a public setting.  


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