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State working on readiness for possible future coronavirus cases

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Michigan is ramping up its preparations for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the state, although right now, no one in Michigan has tested positive for the virus.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

She says the state currently has the capacity to test between 100 and 150 people for coronavirus, should that be necessary.

More tests are coming soon from the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention. Sutfin says there's no way to predict how many tests might be needed.  

Sutfin says hospitals are also trying to stock up on masks, gowns and gloves for health care workers.

"However, we also understand that now everybody across the country is also seeking this equipment so it might be a little bit of a delay in getting it," Sutfin says.

357 people have agreed to self-quarantine in the state. Sutfin says the MDHHS is trying to get updated numbers on how many people have moved out of the self-quarantine status.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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