The first death in Michigan due to COVID-19 has occurred, according to Beaumont Health officials.
A male in his 50s who tested positive for COVID-19 died Wednesday morning at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County. Beaumont Health officials said he had underlying health conditions.
“Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for this patient and we are deeply saddened by his passing and empathize with his family,” Beaumont Health Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant said. “Our physicians, nurses and medical staff are all working together to care for COVID-19 patients. During a time like this, we are united to battle this virus. Further, we must continue to serve and care for the non-COVID-19 needs of all patients whether they are giving birth, needing essential surgery or requiring lifesaving emergency procedures.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Michigan on March 10, following the first two reported cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, which were in Oakland and Wayne counties. As of today, reported cases total at 80 individuals spanning 16 counties, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.