A 50-year-old Oakland County resident has died of COVID-19, the disease from a new coronavirus, the Oakland County Health Division reported Friday night.
A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on the DHHS website or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website.
The man was 50 years old and had underlying health conditions. He is the fourth person in Michigan to die of COVID-19. As of Friday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) had reported 549 COVID-19 cases across the state, with 202 cases in Oakland County. However, health experts believe the actual number of cases is much higher, in part, due to a shortage of tests.
“This is a tragic loss and we share our heartfelt condolences with the family,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “This is also an important reminder of the seriousness of this virus and the importance of personal and community-wide efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are 234,073 cases worldwide and 9,840 have died. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report as of Friday, there were 15,219 cases in the United States and 201 deaths.
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Michigan has no plans to issue a stay-at-home order in Michigan as other states like California and Illinois have done. Under shelter-in-place measures, residents are only permitted to leave their homes for limited reasons, such as seeking medical care, filling up their vehicles, taking a walk or buying groceries.
“If and when we are in a position where we think that is an important next move, I will absolutely communicate that personally to the public. We are not there,” Whitmer said. “If and when we get to a point where people are not adhering to the counsel of the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and best practices and we need to take another step, we will consider doing that when the time is right, but we are not there.”