Extra West Michigan counties reporting coronavirus circumstances; Kent County whole reaches 21 – WZZM13.com


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

Allegan, Barry, Berrien and Calhoun counties reported their first circumstances on Friday and Saturday. The are additionally confirmed coronavirus circumstances 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 dwelling quarantine. 

“With this optimistic, we all know that COVID-19 is in our group,” states Angelique Joynes, MPH, RN, Allegan County Well being Officer. “The group has executed a terrific job of making use of social distancing and private hygiene habits. Please proceed to be diligent so we are able to 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 in the neighborhood,” 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, in line with the Calhoun County Public Well being Division. The affected person is in self-isolation of their dwelling and is in steady situation, in line with public well being officers. 

“Right now, I counsel the general public to proceed looking for their info from respected and trusted sources,” mentioned Calhoun County Well being Officer Eric Pessell, referring individuals to the county website, the CDC or Michigan.gov

“I urge our group to do not forget that information may help us stay ready and down to earth as we proceed to navigate this ongoing and ever-changing state of affairs,” mentioned Pessell.

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

BERRIEN COUNTY: 2 circumstances

Saturday, Berrien County reported its first two circumstances of the coronavirus. Each sufferers are ladies beneath 60 years outdated. They’ve been self-isolating for a number of days and are in good situation, in line with 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 group transmission of COVID-19 in Berrien County, though we anticipate this to alter,” mentioned Britten. “Everybody has a task to play in serving to us stop 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 state of affairs with info from credible sources, and put together for an ongoing response to this virus in the neighborhood.” 

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KENT COUNTY: 21 circumstances

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

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 individuals wanting assessments, and it simply just isn’t attainable for everybody who needs 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 circumstances

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

“Primarily based upon the rise in COVID-19 circumstances statewide, individuals ought to act as if the virus could also be current when they’re in public locations and may, subsequently, be taking all beneficial 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 means of group 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, akin to influenza, the frequent chilly or COVID-19 is to:   

  • In case you assume you’ve got been uncovered to COVID-19, name your well being care supplier. In case you shouldn’t have a well being care supplier, name the closest hospital. 
  • Wash your palms usually with cleaning soap and heat water for 20 seconds. If not out there, use hand sanitizer.     
  • Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril, or mouth with unwashed palms.     
  • 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 dwelling, and keep away from contact with others.    
  • Keep not less than 6 toes away from others when in a public setting.  


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