GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (3/20/2020) – Genesee County has its first four presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, according to the health department.
County officials made the announcement Friday morning. The patients are:
— A 15-year-old female
— A 22-year-old female.
— A 35-year-old female.
— A 54-year-old male.
All four are recovering at home in stable condition, Health Officer John McKellar said.
He said none of them traveled out of Michigan recently, but he couldn’t say where they live. All four received their tests at outpatient clinics, which include doctor’s offices or urgent care centers.
McKellar said health officials are working to trace the patients’ past travels around Mid-Michigan and whether other people may have been exposed. They will notify the public about the results if necessary.
The 15-year-old is a high school student, so health officials are working to determine whether she may have exposed any other students.
The health department has sent out 114 coronavirus test kits to laboratories as of Thursday and 57 of them tested negative. Results on the rest were pending Friday morning.
McKellar said three of the positive tests announced Friday were tested in private labs while one was tested at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories.
McKellar expects to see more cases in Genesee County as coronavirus continues spreading in Michigan.
“As laboratories are increasing capacity, I think we’re going to see more numbers,” he said.
Michigan has a total of 334 confirmed coronavirus cases and three deaths as of the latest figures announced Thursday afternoon.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services initially indicated there were positive cases of coronavirus in Genesee County on Thursday.
However, the Genesee County Health Department said there are no positive cases in the county and the state made a reporting error.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s staff admitted that state health officials made a reporting error with the Genesee County test and there were no positive cases in the county on Thursday. That changed Friday with new results.
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