Michigan governor urges steps to limit spread of new virus

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging residents to follow simple steps to limit the spread of a new type of virus that hasn’t been confirmed in Michigan but could be eventually.

She says people should wash their hands, not touch their face, replace handshakes with elbow or fist bumps and cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Whitmer activated Michigan’s emergency operations center Friday to coordinate the response to COVID-19.

State officials say more than 350 people in Michigan who traveled from China have been or are being monitored for symptoms. None have shown symptoms to date.

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