Update on Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

January 28, 2020

The Office of Emergency Management is monitoring COVID-19 closely in partnership with local and state public health experts.

The situation remains dynamic and there does appear to be some risk of person to person spread (but this risk seems lower than SARS). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring and there are many unknowns at this time.  There is additional information at the Center Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

While there are some confirmed cases in the U.S., no cases have been confirmed in Michigan. Of the four potential cases in southeast Michigan that were recently submitted for testing, all four have come back negative for the virus. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus 2019 or 2019-nCoV)?
Common signs of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure. For more information, visit the University Health Service COVID-19 website.

The broader message at this point (which may change as new information becomes available) is that anyone who has traveled to Wuhan within 14 days (or has come into close contact with someone who has traveled there and is under investigation for n-CoV) that develops a fever and respiratory symptoms should seek medical care and self-identify as at risk. Routine travel screening questions have been expanded to help in this identification.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.

Laura Drabczyk
Director of Emergency Management 

Preeti Malani, M.D.
U-M Chief Health Officer
Professor of Medicine