Coronavirus came to Michigan earlier than thought, records show

Michigan confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus on March 10. But new data show that residents had symptoms of the virus at least 10 days before those tests confirmed the illnesses. (Shutterstock image)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer first learned the coronavirus had come to Michigan shortly after 8:49 p.m. March 10, with the confirmation of two cases in metro Detroit, internal emails show.

Since then, state officials have learned there already were likely 500 infections in Michigan at that time.

And nearly 10,000 people in Michigan were likely infected on March 24, when Whitmer issued her first stay-at-home order — more than five times the number of illnesses known at the time.

The difference: The estimates show the first day infected Michiganders experienced symptoms, rather than when tests confirmed they had the virus that has sickened some 50,000 state residents and killed nearly 5,000.

Michigan has posted the symptoms estimates on its coronavirus database since mid-April. 

And while the data do not contradict anything Whitmer or other government officials have said, they do offer an alternative way to visualize how and when the virus has spread throughout the state.

The symptoms data, for instance, show the virus was spreading well before the state’s infectious disease chief, Jim Collins, sent an email to state officials on March 10 announcing “Michigan has joined the ranks of all other great lakes states” with two positive tests in Oakland and Wayne counties. 

By the time Michigan's infectious disease chief, Jim Collins, received word on March 10 of the state's first two confirmed COVID-19 cases, some 500 people in Michigan already were coming down with the illness. (Screenshot of email obtained by Bridge Magazine through Freedom of Information Act)

At least 13 people experienced symptoms as early as March 1, with nine of those in metro Detroit.

The data also show that new cases have dropped steadily since March 27, rather than April 3, when the state announced 1,953 positive tests.

Michigan receives the symptoms data after residents test positive and tell their physicians or test administrators when they first felt ill. That day is known as the “onset” date and is sent to state and local health officials, said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

New look at virus

COVID-19 cases in Michigan have fallen more steadily, for a longer period of time, according to records showing when people actually felt symptoms of the illness rather than when they got a positive test.

 
 

In cases when someone without symptoms has a positive test, like a front-line health care worker, the “onset” date is the day of the test, Sutfin said.

The takeaways from the data: Michigan is further along in its coronavirus fight than previously believed and Whitmer’s stay-at-home order had an almost immediate impact in slowing the curve.

The daily number of residents with symptoms has fallen steadily since March 27, three days after Whitmer’s order. The number of reported positive tests for coronavirus, meanwhile, rose for eight days after Whitmer’s order into early April.

Those trends continue into May: The average case count of symptoms data on May 8 was about 230 cases a day, less than half of 560 cases a day looking solely at the date a positive test was reported. 

That indicates infections appear to be less widespread now. The records also would appear to confirm that, while cases are steadily declining statewide, there are stark differences between regions. 

Southeast Michigan has seen infections fall precipitously for weeks while they have just hit an apparent peak in west and southwest Michigan.

Virus arc differs widely by region

Metro Detroit was hammered by COVID-19 cases in March but infections have been in decline for weeks while west Michigan saw its first substantial rise in cases in late April.

 
 

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Cathy Lawrence
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 9:33am

I can't tell you how much I have admired Governor Whitmer since she began her race for governor. And now? Omg! What a leader -- what a compassionate and brilliant leader!

I hope those people who send her death threats and storm the capital and are likely hurting themselves and others by not maintaining the 6-foot distance really look hard at these numbers.

MM Dearborn
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:48am

She has no clue what she is doing.

Shiela
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:46pm

Ditto

Valarie Tell
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 11:05am

Gretch is indeed a bold leader. Not everyone can just say "shut it down" and then do nothing- a lot of people feel the need as leaders to be creative, clever, and think outside the box. Only a real leader can order everyone under house arrest and then shut down every business in Michigan (except pot dealers and abortion clinics, of course). Like she said, waving a magic wand and making everyone just freeze in place for months on end is the hardest decision that a leader can make. And of course a real leader is right to blame a small number of protesters for spreading the virus around the whole state without evidence, because leaders don't need evidence or data, only the power of their desire to hide.

Hail Mary, Help Us
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:37pm

Valeria, do nothing? Governor Whitmer saved thousands of lives outside of the uterus. You should smoke some pot and learn compassion. What has Trump done? Do you think he is doing anything? That lazy lard is only interested in his reelection. He won't even invoke the Defense Production Act to provide the testing we need to reopen.

BJ
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 6:21pm

You said it perfectly: she has saved lives outside of the uterus. Too bad she cares nothing for the little ones who cannot even decide to stay home/stay safe. There is no safe place for them in Gretchen’s Michigan.

Pro Life
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:43pm

Valerie, you sound like someone who claims to be Pro Life, yet ungrateful for all the lives that were saved by the governor. Instead of complaining, you should volunteer to help test people for coronavirus and save lives, but that would mean taking a risk and making a sacrifice, like Jesus did. Jesus' actions matched his words. Yours seem hollow. Many of us who work in healthcare take our cues from Jesus, not hypocrites like you.

BJ
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 6:28pm

What is hollow and hypocritical is a leader claiming to be interested only in saving lives while still allowing the most vulnerable and absolutely indefensible ones to continue to be slaughtered. You can’t get dental work or a haircut but you can go kill your baby. That is hollow indeed.

sarroth
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 12:25pm

Keep the abortion debate out of this. You're not changing any minds by trying to change the topic away from this pandemic. Yes, they are slightly related as you say, but there's enough debate going on about freedoms, safe practices in a pandemic, gun rights vs. intentional intimidation, and so much else and you're just shutting down that debate by dragging everyone into the abortion topic.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 8:30pm

Many of us in healthcare are trying to hang on to their jobs because she has caused hospitals to suffer under the lock down and lose buckets of review and endanger lives of people who should be treated.

Whitmer is responsible for the 30% of deaths in nursing homes due to her incompetence.

Douglas North
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:58am

The caring for "life" by the pro life movement only extends to the unborn. Once a baby breaches the uterus that care for their welfare dissipates like vapor. They better be born with boots on so they can pull themselves up.

Valarie Tell
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:33pm

Except she didn't "save lives". I know that you were hoping that this would happen- we all were. But the science and evidence now shows that not only did she not save lives with the shut-down, the shut down may have somehow led to higher rates of infection and deaths- see the latest study by JP Morgan, for example. And this doesn't even count the number who are going to die because of the shut down- studies now project that twice the number of people will die due to the shut down, through reduced cancer screenings, less vaccinations, higher suicide, less preventive medicine, more alcohol and drug abuse, etc.

I get it- we were all hoping against hope that the shut downs did save lives. But they didn't. They killed more, lots and lots more. And so we now need to hold responsible the person who fought the hardest and the longest for the shutdowns and who ran the shut downs. Governor Whitmer has blood on her hands, and should pay.

Robin Shipkosky
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 11:41am

I am glad to see cases have been falling. However, a statewide lockdown with no end in sight is hardly brilliant. This was all about flattening the curve and never about eliminating the virus. At what point will this be over? Perhaps the effectiveness of this order had more to do with social distancing, wearing masks while in closed in public spaces, using hand sanitizer, and washing hands frequently. These measures will continue for some time into the future. Allow people the freedom to practice what has been preached. I will never support this governor!

Anonymous
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:48pm

You saw how well those protective measures are working with the protesters. Sadly we are at their mercy because they demand we stay home if we expect them to comply with safety standards. It's just not safe to open, and if the governor does so, people will refrain from spending until they feel safe. Most people would not drive on our highways if police didn't enforce reckless driving laws.

Matt
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 2:36pm

So who is making you leave your home? What is the outdoor transmission rate? (Google it! It's for all intents nonexistent.).

Anonymous
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:45am

Yes it was about flattening the curve, allowing hospitals in hot-spots to adequately attend patients without depleting supplies, before becoming overwhelmed. Giving the Federal government the time needed to accurately address the extent of the virus spread, and reasonably parcel out hospital equipment and PPEs throughout the US. Elimination of the virus requires a vaccine. Scientists throughout the world are working on a vaccine, this takes time and patience, something seemingly in short supply.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 8:39pm

So you say; "it was about flattening the curve". What is it about now waiting until Michigan takes over the number one spot (they are number 2 right now) in unemployment ? Vaccine isn't happening for quite a while, and it will take even longer to distribute. What is in short supply is the the ability for Michigan to recover economically.

LkOrion
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:48am

Yes it was about flattening the curve, allowing hospitals in hot-spots to adequately attend patients without depleting supplies, before becoming overwhelmed. Giving the Federal government the time needed to accurately address the extent of the virus spread, and reasonably parcel out hospital equipment and PPEs throughout the US. Elimination of the virus requires a vaccine. Scientists throughout the world are working on a vaccine, this takes time and patience, something seemingly in short supply.

Shawn
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 12:05pm

Give everyone a break from this. Leaders are not people who don't answer direct questions, set guidelines which have no concrete criteria for completion and cite data that normal citizens can't see with their own eyes. If you want to fall in line behind that type of "leader" feel free. The amount of damage and hardship caused to the larger majority of Michigan from this extended stay-at-home order will have worse ramifications health wise and financially for citizens than if the state had started opening at the beginning of May when it should have. Instead people like you sat in your house blissfully ignorant to your fellow citizens and told everyone how virtuous you were.

You are either unable to look at the data and draw logical conclusions on your own, need someone to tell you what to do every moment your are awake, willfully ignorant to the way other states and countries have handled managing the virus and their population.

Your type of thinking that one person in power should make decisions for the population at large is not in the spirit of democracy.

Mary Sue
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 1:31pm

Governor Whitmer has indeed shown bold leadership. No Governor before her was able to encourage fewer people to get screened for cancer. No Governor in Michigan's history has been able to get such a rise in alcohol and drug abuse. You'd have to go back to the bold leaders of the 1930s to find someone like her who was able to get such a dramatic rise in the suicide rate. Governor Whitmer's bold leadership has bravely led to thousands less children being vaccinated for preventable diseases. And it wasn't until Whitmer's order that people were brave enough to say "I won't get my heart checked" or "these shooting pains in my arm are not worth me breaking the Governor's orders." Our Dear Leader has led to a much more compassionate way to eliminate thousands of undesirables from Michigan, and has done so with a brilliant and simple move that required almost no action- just tell people to "stay home" on house arrest indefinitely. And if you think otherwise, you're probably sexist or racist or something else that makes you less human and therefore have no rights to property ownership, liberty, or life.

Jbug
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:06pm

I find it perplexing that people such as yourself seem to think they know more about preventing the spread of infectious diseases than the near entirety of the medical community. Don't think it won't reach you just because you're young or healthy, I'm 3 weeks out of the hospital and I'm still having trouble breathing. I'm on the other side of it, but you or people like you are still in for a $#@!storm if you aren't careful .

Irony
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:52pm

Where are the GOP bills to address these concerns?

LkOrion
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:33am

Michigan government, like the Federal government, has THREE branches: Governor, Senate and House. Whose decisions? The Senate and House both have Republican majorities, nothing passes without their approval. Your disgruntlement aim is off. BTW Michigan has had a Republican majority Senate since at least 1992, twenty years a Republican majority in the House too. You must realize how difficult it is for a Democratic governor, to pass anything in this highly partisan environment.

Bobby S
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:24am

Are you off your meds again? Please get them onboard, now. But then again you may simply be a typical democrat mushroom and deserve pity? Either way, open your eyes and think (for once) for yourself! And please! Lay off the koolaid.

Tvet
Wed, 05/20/2020 - 8:44am

How much is she paying you to make these absolutely ridiculous comments?

MM Dearborn
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:49am

She has no clue what she is doing

Anonymous
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:50pm

And you do, MM?

Birdie King Bobo
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 7:18pm

All of our elected officials have failed us. From the Con Artist in the White House, to Mommy Whitmer. Gary Sharon Peters and Debbie Stabmenow also are to be held responsible. Same with all National News Corporations. We were not cared for as Americans as we should have been.

Jeff
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:19am

You are misinformed person. The hate that protesters have show in the Michigan is just an embarrassment to the state.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 8:45pm

The embarrassment is the miss handling by the Governor and causing 30% COVID-19 deaths to happen in nursing homes.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:33pm

Why did Trump drop the ball? Why did Trump praise China so much?

Irony
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 4:51pm

GOP says more lives will be lost to depression and suicide. Yet I haven't seen any GOP bills to fund mental healthcare.

Birdie King Bobo
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 7:15pm

I had the Covid in February, way before testing even started. I was I'll for three solid weeks with it. All of this test results is BS.

Tom Madden
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 8:11pm

What a useless article. The only reason cases spiked in West Michigan in late April is because they finally started doing more testing in West Michigan. Those graphs should have another piece of information - specifically how many tests were done each day in both areas. I live in West Michigan and was surprised how little testing was being done prior to mid April. Or maybe that’s when they just decided to run up the numbers for West Michigan. In fact, the data for West Michigan cases appears to be grossly over inflated. The number of deaths divided by the number of positive cases for the entire state is 9.6%
For Detroit - it’s 12.2%
For Wayne County (excluding Detroit city) - it’s 11.0%
For Kent County- it’s 1.9%. That’s right .......JUST 1.9%
We’ve got great doctors here, but c’mon, the numbers of cases is way over reported. Someone might think someone is getting paid something to report a Wuhan Coronavirus case. ????

Anne
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:43am

You saw the spikes 14 days after the protest in Lansing.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:51pm

No, we didn't.

The last spike we saw (on the day of a protest, and 2 weeks after the 2nd protest) was an artifact of reporting by the state Health Department of the tests run on state prisons and several county's worth of nursing home test results all being reported at once. Oddly, for a supposedly science-based and data-driven state government, the explanation for the very pronounced 1 day spike was buried at the bottom of the link for "Correctional Faciliies" instaed of on the main site with daily new cases and deaths.

duane
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 11:51pm

Governor Whitmer is one of those who has not been prepare to lead in a crisis. Our Governor seems almost paralyzed by a fear of being wrong that there is an avoidance to understand all of the risks Michigan is facing and unwillingness to make decisions that require a weighing of various risks and sacrifices.
We have a Governor who is a partisan politician and not a leader of all the people of Michigan. Decision is in effect made by others, made by those who have credentials that the Governor does not have. When we elect a Governor we are putting out trust in that person to balance all of what they learn and use their judgement even when it may fly in the face of one faction of experts or another, or in the judgment of media or even the option polls. We have found our Governor's judgement is paralyzed by the demands made by this crisis. We lack a leader in Lansing, so we will have to way to be dragged along by the rest of the country into recovery and normalcy.

Ivy
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:19am

Yes, Duane, surely Bill Schuette would be guiding the ship with no partisan influence whatsoever. What a mistake we made in not electing the other enormously ambitious candidate for governor, who would totally not be taking his cues from the Oval Office.

duane
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:34pm

Ivy,
I didn't mention Schuette and aside from serving as Attorney General and having to may decisions in a litigious environment would not try to guess on how he would have acted in the current crisis.
Aside from personal style I would say President Trump has proven an effective lead, he has been open in his communication, by having the knowledgeable people in front of the camera, he has no only ensured people being informed, he has talked about how he had listen and applied their recommendation and when and how he has deviate from the recommendations, he had be acting continually by adjusting to ever growing information, he began shifting people focus before they realized it need to be changed [he starting closing down things before others in our country realized it was necessary, he started emphasizing economic recovery while everyone was still concerned about eliminating virus risks, he is willing to be attacked and demeaned to maintain a focus on the next steps/progress. I think that Governor Whitmer could have learned much from paying attention to how the President focused the country and mobilize government, how he shifted government and the country's attention and energies while we are still fighting the 'last battle'. I think you are right there are many very good White House cues our Governor could have benefitted from.

duane
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:34pm

Ivy,
I didn't mention Schuette and aside from serving as Attorney General and having to may decisions in a litigious environment would not try to guess on how he would have acted in the current crisis.
Aside from personal style I would say President Trump has proven an effective lead, he has been open in his communication, by having the knowledgeable people in front of the camera, he has no only ensured people being informed, he has talked about how he had listen and applied their recommendation and when and how he has deviate from the recommendations, he had be acting continually by adjusting to ever growing information, he began shifting people focus before they realized it need to be changed [he starting closing down things before others in our country realized it was necessary, he started emphasizing economic recovery while everyone was still concerned about eliminating virus risks, he is willing to be attacked and demeaned to maintain a focus on the next steps/progress. I think that Governor Whitmer could have learned much from paying attention to how the President focused the country and mobilize government, how he shifted government and the country's attention and energies while we are still fighting the 'last battle'. I think you are right there are many very good White House cues our Governor could have benefitted from.

Don
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:11am

It started at the end of Dec First of Jan right after traitor trump had his hate rallies in MI!!!

Al credell
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:02am

I think it was here long before that I remember early November I and my family was so sick with all the symptoms that the covid19 has doctors did now wat it was got tested for the flu but was not it

Michigander
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:15am

So, the lockdown measures are working, and didn’t start a minute too soon. It boggles the mind when detractors insist that Whitmer instituted all these measures as a ‘power grab.‘
No one would ever take such extreme and unpopular actions unless there was an emergency. No one likes being cooped up at home while jobs disappear and businesses fail. I feel sorry for the barber in Owosso who doesn’t want his business to fail, but he should be applying for loans and should keep trying for unemployment, and not helping to spread the virus. Shiawassee county has over two hundred known cases, by the way.
You do realize that no hospital is equipped for a surge in patients? Hospital finances—particularly for-profit hospitals— require that most beds be filled on a typical day, so they do not have extra beds waiting in case of a crisis.
Michigan has about ten million people. If, say, just 5% of the population is infected, and only 15% of those people need to be hospitalized, we’d still need over 70, 000 EXTRA hospital beds, and not all of them in big cities. Our death rate is currently 10%, and hopefully will go down with more testing. And while it often is frail old people that are dying, sometimes it is young healthy people too—first responders, doctors, nurses, mail carriers, grocery workers, even chikdren.

Extreme situations call for extreme actions. Whitmer and Khaldun did the math, checked the science, made some very tough calls, and saved lives.

ernie
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:37am

See the Bridge article of May7 re Why a C vaccine will take so long.... and see the DOW up today May 18 at 10AM yes up 700+ points.
Why? News of a possible vaccine.
Summary: Bridge Magazine has little better "news" stories than any other media. All news and opinions on and in all media written by imperfect people; with generally less credence than the guy with 2 drinks that used to be able to sit next to me at my corner bar. Amen.
So...my view: we have one of the greatest presidents in office now. He has done more to restore our country to its fundamental principles than any other president. Sadly, he has been subjected to unethical, likely illegal attacks, from before his election.
And now. Truth be told, he is challenged by a person likely in early stages of dementia.
At age 81 myself, and decently well off, and writing coherently, I am not now being significantly affected by events of the day. I expect Mr. Powers who began Bridge, and is likely about my age, but worth considerably more can say the same thing.
But my concern is selfishly my grandkids and my country.
I had planned to drive my RV to Alaska this summer (my 4th trip there) but now I cannot drive through Canada. So, instead, I will use my pontoon boat on my Oakland county lake and relax at home.
My Trump/Pence yard sign will be posted in my yard before we head for our other home in Naples, FL.
God bless Donald Trump and America.

duane
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:43pm

ernie,
Each of us has a different path through our lives and just as our bodies mature differently so do our brains. What we have to do is accommodate the reality we face. Similarly the politicians will accommodate the reality being faced with Biden.
My concern is that Biden is a pathway for another to become President without being elected to the office. With all of the various attacks perpetrated by the Democrats, the media, and the 'deep state', on Trump there is one that would likely be accepted by Democrats if perpetrated on Biden, the 25th Amendment [impaired capacity to perform the duties of the Presidency].
We have heard how the 'deep state' were trying to find members of the Trump team to promote dementia concerns about Trump, we heard some Democrats in Congress claiming mental impairment needed to be removed from office, and we heard the media echoing this, though we all watched Trump undercut their plans with repeated sarcasm [a practice commonly lost as mental acuity wanes].
With Biden we have all witnessed mental difficulties, we have heard much concern about it from the ‘right’ and a bit from the Democrats, so if we saw in office and loyal Democrats starting to raise such concerns who would disagree? Consider who might be Vice President, Hillary Clinton she has already said she is ready and willing and we know how she will act to benefit herself. Can’t you hear her mock hesitation and sadness proposing this? Which Democrat would disagree? Similarly, we seen Elizabeth Warren build her career on manipulating the system and emotions of others for political gain and what loyal Democrat would challenger her, none? If we go down the list of people Biden is talking to about the Vice Presidency all have a political agenda and all would demand Party loyalty to get it done as President. There may be one on the list without a strong political agenda but who would dive into the Presidency no matter the circumstances, our own Gretchen Whitmer.
I even expect Mr. Power would sadly acknowledge Biden's limited mental facilities once he is in office, and support the using the 25th Amendment.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some well-established Democrats that have worked through this scenario and are simply waiting.

ernie
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:37am

See the Bridge article of May7 re Why a C vaccine will take so long.... and see the DOW up today May 18 at 10AM yes up 700+ points.
Why? News of a possible vaccine.
Summary: Bridge Magazine has little better "news" stories than any other media. All news and opinions on and in all media written by imperfect people; with generally less credence than the guy with 2 drinks that used to be able to sit next to me at my corner bar. Amen.
So...my view: we have one of the greatest presidents in office now. He has done more to restore our country to its fundamental principles than any other president. Sadly, he has been subjected to unethical, likely illegal attacks, from before his election.
And now. Truth be told, he is challenged by a person likely in early stages of dementia.
At age 81 myself, and decently well off, and writing coherently, I am not now being significantly affected by events of the day. I expect Mr. Powers who began Bridge, and is likely about my age, but worth considerably more can say the same thing.
But my concern is selfishly my grandkids and my country.
I had planned to drive my RV to Alaska this summer (my 4th trip there) but now I cannot drive through Canada. So, instead, I will use my pontoon boat on my Oakland county lake and relax at home.
My Trump/Pence yard sign will be posted in my yard before we head for our other home in Naples, FL.
God bless Donald Trump and America.

Gladwin County ...
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:15am

My symptoms began the second week of February. By the time I was able to drive myself to Urgent Care the worst of the initial symptoms had subsided and there was no testing or even speaking of Covid19 - I was treated for asthma instead. The subsequent three weeks I spent at home by myself suffering with debilitating illness and was unable to raise my head from the pillow on some days. I experienced all of the symptoms described by other survivors and continued to struggle until the last week of April.

Sue Kelly
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:32am

I had covid19-like symptoms that commenced January 6th, 2020. I had first a sore throat followed 2 days later by a fever of 100 degrees that broke a day or 2 later, and a terrible cough. After a week of coughing, I took a 10 day course of antibiotics that were stored in my frig, which seemed to help. I was still coughing by the end of January when I visited my doctor for a wellness visit. His remark about the cough was that there were lots of people that January who were suffering from coughs that wouldn't go away. I'm still wondering if I had covid19.

SamK
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:35am

I find it amazing that now we are in the 21st century and liberals STILL walk around with blinders on thinking that only Democrats are worthy of holding office.

water2Wine
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:43am

I have a feeling that the virus started much earlier, which I thought is what this article is about. I had it a year ago. I was sick the entire month of May. I have never been sick for a whole month ever. I made it through that on my own with over the counter chest cold products but it was very serious. Then I started hearing on the news about all these kids being sick with some horrible lung disease because of vaping. I think that was covid as well.

Eric Schermer
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:05am

I experienced Coronavirus symptoms in November of last year. This isn't anything new, the Chinese have lied and spread misinformation. Governor Whitmer needs to wise up and realize that she is putting the nation into more debt. The longer these liberal states stay closed, the more federal money they leach.

EB
Tue, 05/19/2020 - 1:13pm

Lot's of comments below concerning our elected governor, elected in a 2018 statewide election by 53.3% of the electorate.

Contrast the governor's election with just about all our legislator elections. Very few of our legislators, Democratic or Republican, were actually elected to office. The vast majority were gerrymandered into office, not elected in a fair general election.

Our legislature is illegitimate and deserves no respect from the governor nor anyone else in Michigan.

We won't have a legitimate legislature until January 1, 2023, when legitimately elected winners of the 2022 election take office, our first legislature in over two decades who were actually elected to office, not gerrymandered into office, unless, Republicans prevail in federal court, and somehow manage to scrap our Citizens Redistricting Committee.

Show respect for one of the few legitimately elected state officials in Michigan, our governor!

George Hagenauer
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:53am

Here in Ypsilanti I know people with severe pneumonia like symptoms but who tested negative for pneumonia- all in I think February before testing really began - none ended up in the hospital but most were down and unable to work for 3-4 weeks. The virus probably entered the country in early January and my guess is the severity depends on viral load versus immune system strength- it took a while for the load to increase and for it to get to people with weaker immune systems though my guess is if the data is there we would see a spike in "flu deaths" in February early March like in states where the data is available.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 8:32pm

Increase in West Michigan has more to due to added testing then a delay in the spread.