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Posted on: March 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Facts

Coronavirus Information

JCHD COVID-19 Hotline: (517) 788-4420, Option 9     Henry Ford MyCare Advice Line: (313) 874-7500

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.  This virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December, 2019.  The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 and was identified in Washington State.  Cases in the United States  of COVID-19 disease have been found in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC or Frequently Asked Questions regarding Michigan Executive Orders


The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring the outbreak and updates may be found on their website where a situation summary and information on case numbers both worldwide and in the United States is listed.  There are currently 46 states and the District of Columbia reporting  reporting both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. 

Michigan Updates

Updates on the Michigan coronavirus or COVID-19 status can be found at Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak consist of the creation of new task forces, videos, and executive orders and directives.  The Public Accommodations Executive Order closing restaurants, bars and other public venues is available here. It is also posted on the Executive Orders and Directives page.  

Jackson Updates

One positive presumptive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Jackson County.  You can read the press release for more information. The Henry Ford MyCare Advice Line is available 24/7 to help answer questions (313-874-7500) about COVID-19 and screening concerns.   Jackson County Health Department is not conducting testing at this time and requests anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Coughing, Unexplained body aches and Difficulty Breathing) to avoid entering the building.  Please return home and call your healthcare provider or the Henry Ford MyCare Advice Line (313) 874-7500)  The JCHD Hotline Number at (517) 788-4420, option 9 is available to answer general questions and provide information:  Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 has been given instructions on what they should be doing.  The Jackson County Health Department works closely with health care providers on the monitoring, surveillance and followup of any positive cases and potential contacts.

General Protection Measures

How Can We Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus factsheet has information to keep you and your family safe around respiratory illness. You can download and share this Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the novel coronavirus. The Jackson County Health Department has also created this one page Public Health Fact Sheet which you can print and share.

The World Health Organization is providing situation reports to give you a better idea of how the novel coronavirus is spreading and what regions of the world are most affected.

John Hopkins Hospital has a realtime tracker created to post updates on the current status of the 2019 nCoV regarding confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries. 

.Guidance Information for specific groups:

Business /  Communities   /  Faith-based / First Responders  /  Healthcare Professionals  / Long-Term Care Facilities / Schools  / Travelers 

Specific Toolkits created for

School Leaders (MI)

Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Positive COVID-19

Everyone can do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is by practicing social distancing, staying home if sick, and frequent handwashing.  The video below is a great resource for telling you everything you need to know about handwashing, including the use of sanitizers. 

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