Various events have been canceled throughout the country as health officials warn about attending large-scale gatherings. At least 28 deaths have been reported in all but 12 states.
“We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top official at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during a White House press briefing.
Kirkland Fire and Rescue ambulance workers walk back to a vehicle after a patient was loaded into an ambulance, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
He referenced guidelines by the White House advising people to clean their hands regularly and avoid handshakes. You should also start making habits like covering coughs and sneezes and refraining from touching your face. The CDC is also advising those over 60 with underlying health conditions to avoid crowded places, unnecessary travel, and to stock up on supplies.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich., announced the state’s first cases on Tuesday night and declared a state of emergency “to harness our resources across state government to slow the spread of the virus.”
One case is an adult female from Oakland County with recent international travel and the other is an adult male from Wayne County with recent domestic travel.
“It’s crucial that all Michiganders continue to take preventative measures to lower their risk, and to share this information with their friends, family, and co-workers,” she added.
This photo provided by Laurie Miller shows passengers as they get ready to disembark the Grand Princess in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged the state’s nearly 40 million residents to avoid sporting events, concerts and large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and adamantly warned the elderly to stay away from cruise ships as he pondered measures to restrict cruise travel off the California coast. (Laurie Miller via AP)
The patient from Wayne county is currently under isolation and officials recommend residents continue to practice prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Local health departments are working to identify anyone who had come into close contact with those cases.
The spread of COVID-19 has quickened in the U.S. in recent days. Over 100 new cases have been announced on average per day since Saturday. More than 100 people have tested positive New York, California and Washington State
“Although we keep coming in and saying — appropriately — that as a nation the risk is relatively low, there are parts of the country right now that are having community spread in which the risk there is clearly a bit more than that,” Fauci added, referring to those three states.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., sent the National Guard and announced a one-mile “containment zone” for the city of New Rochelle on Tuesday in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
“New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the U.S. of these cases,” he said. “It’s a significant issue for us.”
Symptoms of the coronavirus — fever, cough, and shortness of breath — may appear between two to 14 days due to its reported incubation period.