First In-State Test for Coronavirus by MDHHS Comes Back Negative

Michigan health officials say the results for the first in-state test of the coronavirus came back negative.

They say based on an Oakland County patient’s symptoms, health professionals suspected COVID-19.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its criteria needed for testing.

This allowed then allowed the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories to begin testing for the virus.

A specimen was sent to the lab on Saturday and was negative for the illness.

An MDDHS official says they were able to get the results back within hours.

They say the current risk to the public is low but they expect to see more cases.

Washing hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow and avoiding contact with people who are sick can help people avoid catching the virus.

The MDHSS says there are currently 22 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including one death.

Symptoms can appear anywhere between two-and-fourteen days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.