All 325 people in Michigan being monitored for COVID-19 have been to mainland China within the past two weeks or were passengers on a cruise ship with a confirmed Coronavirus case.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tells Mid-Michigan NOW it is currently monitoring 325 people for a medium or low risk for the Coronavirus.
No one is being quarantined because the state says that it is because they were not deemed at high risk during the screening process.
An AP chart shows where the coronavirus has spread.
Lynn Sutfin with the MDHHS sent Mid-Michigan NOW a statement saying:
We have not placed anyone in a quarantine facility because the screening process has not identified any individuals as being at “high risk” of infection.
However, those who are identified as being at medium risk, a group that includes all returning residents who have been to mainland China during the two weeks before their return, are being asked to practice home quarantine as much as possible and are contacted daily by local public health for the remainder of the 14 day period with a symptom check.
We have about 325 individuals who have been identified that way or who were passengers on a cruise ship with a confirmed COVID-19 case. These traveler referrals meet either the “medium” or “low” risk criteria for COVID-19 monitoring.
Once MDHHS receives the referral, we provide info to the local health department in the jurisdiction in which the traveler resides. Local health departments are monitoring their health, (do they have a temperature, cough, difficulty breathing) for 14 days after their last day in China or on the cruise ship.
The 325 is an approximate number as that’s the number of people we have been notified about. However, some of those people may be past the 14-day window now.
Hundreds in Michigan being monitored due to #coronavirus. On Sunday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported that it is currently monitoring 325 people. All of the people being monitored have been to mainland China. No one is being quarantined. (WDIV-TV) pic.twitter.com/VN914U3XAz
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) February 23, 2020