"We are encouraging schools, universities, businesses, and other organizations to use their best judgment about what steps are most appropriate to keep people safe and slow the spread of the disease".
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private and charter, through April 5, in a press conference late Thursday night. Classes will be allowed to begin again on April 6 unless the situation changes.
"This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health", said Whitmer.
The crisis tasks focus on Tuesday additionally initiated Michigan's Joint Information Center to all the more likely organize correspondences between state organizations because of the infection. "We will be working with our local school districts to provide guidance to help children access food during this time", Rice said.
"This is about protecting the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus", Whitmer said in a release. "I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families".
Governors in Ohio, Kentucky and Maryland have also closed schools due to the pandemic.
Whitmer declared a statewide State of Emergency on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended winter sports tournaments indefinitely.
Superintendents from school districts in Genesee County met with the Genesee County Health Department on Thursday to discuss ways schools can prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Major events are also being affected by the outbreak.
Following the announcement of the state's first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are providing recommendations created to help prevent the spread of the virus.
CNBC reports the number of confirmed cases across the US now totals 1,020 in 35 states.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the case was in Macomb County.
Crawford County school district superintendents announce COVID-19 protocals
Communications Director John Moss says if they close schools they would have faculty come to school and teach students remotely. Leaders in all three counties echoed one another in the call for supporting families during a time of uncertainty.
An adult female from Detroit with unknown travel history.
Three of Thursday's cases were in Kent County and one was in Montcalm County.
An adult female from Detroit with history of global travel.
The cases include a woman from Detroit with an unknown travel history, a Washtenaw County man who traveled internationally, a Wayne County woman who made contact with a confirmed case, and an adult male.
MSU also is suspending all university-sponsored domestic and global travel, after previously restricting travel to China and other countries.
The coronavirus pandemic has made its way to MI.
One case was reported in Wayne and another in Oakland County, WXYZ first reported, citing unnamed sources.
Coronavirus symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Whitmer stressed the importance of MI residents taking basic precautions such as thorough hand-washing with soap and water and avoiding touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
"Michiganders have been preparing for COVID-19 for weeks, including by taking basic measures such as washing their hands often, covering their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when they are sick", Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health said.
Much like how you would try to prevent the flu, you want to stay away from people who are sick and practice good hygiene, says the CDC.