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Coronavirus live updates, March 23: Michigan cases reach 1,328, death toll at 15

Here are live updates on the coronavirus for Monday, March 23.
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LANSING, Mich — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state officials report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases tops 1,300; death toll reaches 15

Michigan's total number of positive COVID-19 cases is 1,328 and the death toll has reached 15. 

The state reported 293 cases in its Monday update. Here's where all the new cases are:

  • Berrien - 2
  • Calhoun - 1
  • Chippewa - 1
  • Genesee - 9
  • Ingham - 1
  • Kalamazoo - 3
  • Kent - 8
  • Livingston - 1
  • Macomb - 35 (1 death)
  • Monroe - 1
  • Muskegon - 1 
  • Newaygo - 1
  • Oakland - 52 (3 deaths)
  • Otsego - 2
  • Ottawa - 5
  • Washtenaw - 7
  • Wayne - 161 (3 deaths)
  • Out of state - 2

Additionally, Ottawa County reported two more cases separate from the state's total on Monday afternoon. Grand Rapids Community College also reported its second student tested positive for the new virus, which is not included in the state's or Kent County's total. 

Muskegon County confirms 2 COVID-19 cases

Muskegon County health officials confirmed the county's first two positive COVID-19 cases. The first positive case is an adult female who has no travel history. 

The second case was confirmed Monday afternoon, and it is not reflected in the state's tally yet. Officials said the case is a woman who has a history of domestic travel. 

Find more details here.

Whitmer issues stay-at-home order to curb spread of COVID-19

During the governor's Monday morning press conference, she announced a statewide stay-at-home order that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. 

The order will allow essential employee's necessary to sustain and protect life to continue going to work, as well as outdoor exercise and trips to the grocery store. The order also bars all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household.

Watch Whitmer's full press conference here.

Here's what you are and are not allowed to do under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay at home order.

Kalamazoo County confirms first 3 COVID-19 cases

The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) reported three positive cases for COVID-19 on Monday.  

The patients are three adult who are unrelated. Two of the patients have travel histories within Michigan and one with no known travel history outside of Kalamazoo County. Officials said one patient is in the hospital.

One of the patients is a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputy. The individual is being treated, according to Sheriff Richard Fuller. 

Watch the full press conference here.

Newaygo County confirms first COVID-19 case 

The Newaygo County Emergency Services said Monday that a Newaygo County resident tested positive for COVID-19. The test results were confirmed by District Health Department #10. 

The emergency services department did not release any information about the patient.

Here is our full 13 ON YOUR SIDE coronavirus website.

Do you have more questions about COVID-19 in Michigan? Check out the state's website. 


Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath  

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.  

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