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Gov. Whitmer: Coronavirus tests should be reserved for most vulnerable

Mar 17, 2020

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The state Department of Health and Human Services reports there are 11 new confirmed cases in Michigan. That brings the total number of known COVID-19 cases to 65.

The state is reporting new cases in Jackson, Leelanau and Otsego Counties.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says kits to test people for COVID-19 are still in short supply.  As of Sunday night, demand for testing in Michigan has surpassed the state's capacity to test. That means doctors are not always able to test every suspected case of COVID-19 in Michigan.

“Our medical practitioners have had to prioritize how the tests are and to whom the tests are being applied. That’s why we do not encourage everyone who thinks you might possibly have COVID-19 to run and get a test,” she says.

Whitmer says tests should be saved for people who face the greatest risks if they are infected.

“Best practices are, if you think you're sick, stay home. If you’re a medically vulnerable person who thinks you've been exposed to COVID-19, you need to make a plan with your health care provider to get tested,” she says.

The governor says she has not ruled out orders to further restrict public gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

She says those decisions rely heavily on the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control.

So far, there have been no confirmed fatalities in Michigan.

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