Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.Coronavirus info at 517-887-4517 or 888-535-6136
There are 35 cases of COVID-19 in Ingham County to date.

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A new type of coronavirus has been making people sick. This new (novel) type causes COVID-19. We're still learning about COVID-19 because it is new, but it is not "just another cold." Symptoms range from mild to severe respiratory illness. 

Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of BreathSymptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How it spreads:
A person can get COVID-19 from close contact with another person (within roughly 6 feet or 2 meters away) or when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

People with COVID-19 are the most likely to pass the virus on to another person when they are at their sickest.

Prevention: Wash hands. Stay home if sick. Clean surfaces. No close contact.


There is no vaccine currently. To protect yourself and others, follow everyday preventive actions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, and before eating. (If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as door knobs.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • CDC does not recommend facemasks for people who are well unless they are health care workers or caring for someone with COVID-19. People who are sick or who have symptoms should wear a facemask if around others. (Anyone with respiratory symptoms, not just people with COVID-19, should wear a facemask to protect others when in public.)

Testing Testing is available to symptomatic people from their doctor or other health care provider. At this time, the health department does not directly swab/test people for COVID-19 outside of the Ingham Community Health Centers.

Information from the State of Michigan


From the Health Officer
March 3, 2020 Email to All County Employees

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Social Distancing

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Help Children Cope

 Press Releases
March 27, 2020- Ingham County Health Department issues emergency order to protect the health of essential service workers
March 19, 2020- Two unrelated Michigan State University students test positive for COVID-19
March 15, 2020- Legal occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food service establishments to be reduced by half in Ingham County
March 14, 2020- Local police, sheriff to enforce executive order prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more
March 13, 2020- MSU student and two others test negative for COVID-19
March 12, 2020- First presumptive positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Ingham County
March 7, 2020-Results negative on second COVID-19 test in Ingham County, No additional tests pending 
March 6, 2020- Results negative on one recent COVID-19 test in Ingham County, Results pending on second test

Information from the CDC