Michindoh’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — has been reported today in Hilldsale County.
According to the Hillsdale Daily News, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency was notified of a positive test result for an adult male who has been self-isolating. The agency is now working to inform anyone who has been in close contact with the man. Symptom assessments, quarantines, and monitoring will follow as appropriate.
It is the first confirmed case in those three counties and the first confirmed case in the Michindoh area. Williams County officials had mistakenly announced that they had identified a case last week, but according to the Bryan Times, that individual was a former Bryan resident now living in Defiance County. As of now, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Branch, Lenawee, Steuben, Williams, or Fulton Counties.
The confirmation of the Hillsdale County case comes on the day that both Michigan and Indiana announced “stay at home” orders that will take effect this week — Michigan’s as of tonight at Midnight, and Indiana’s as of tomorrow night at the same time. Ohio was the first to announce such a measure on Friday.
The health agency says anyone who has symptoms of the coronavirus should self-isolate for 14 days, and anyone who has been in contact with a coronavirus patient should self-quarantine for the same period of time. In both cases, you should monitor yourself for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear any time between 2 to 14 days after exposure. Always call ahead before you visit a health care provider.