A look back at when the coronavirus started and how it spread in Michigan
In just a few weeks, the all-too-familiar coronavirus outbreak, which is causing the deadly COVID-19 illness and wrecking the world's economy, is quickly spreading across America — and now Michigan.
Here's a timeline of how the pandemic has unfolded:
Monday: Harris English tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
Sunday: Michigan health officials urge caution as the state opens and coronavirus cases rise. Participant in the University of Michigan graduate student protest tests positive for coronavirus. Employees at FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly refuse to work over COVID-19 concerns.
Saturday: Coronavirus spread from East Lansing bar to the Grosse Pointes.
Friday: 100 days into the pandemic, items — including bikes, and cleaning supplies — are still hard to find in stores. Michigan restaurants struggle to make customers wear masks, obey social distancing rules.
Thursday: Appeals court says Michigan gyms must remain closed, just hours before they were to reopen. Detroit Institute of Arts to reopen in July after coronavirus shutdown
Wednesday: After Michigan flattened the curve, coronavirus case counts appear to be rising again. Michigan hospitals were shorted $130,000 per COVID-19 patient in federal aid, says a report released by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.
June 22: Coronavirus, protests cause for recent violent crime spike, Detroit Police Chief James Craig says. Secretary of State branch in Detroit closes after person tests positive for coronavirus.
June 21: Positive coronavirus tests create urgency in MLB's 2020 negotiations. Jack Collis died after contracting COVID-19 while at a memory care facility.
June 20: MLB teams will now train at their home ballparks due to coronavirus concerns
June 19: 1,900 flags memorialize nursing home residents, workers who died from coronavirus. Detroit Princess Riverboat will not open for summer season over virus concerns.
June 18: Oakland County churches offer coronavirus testing to reach minority communities. Coronavirus sharply reduces the supply of popular ramen noodles in Michigan prisons. Michigan 1 of 3 states on track to contain COVID-19.
June 17: Detroit bar, restaurant workers can get 15-minute coronavirus test results. Whitmer: Michigan's coronavirus state of emergency will continue through July.
June 16: 3 Michigan nursing homes report more than 100 coronavirus cases. Former Troy city manager seeks early release from prison due to coronavirus concerns.
June 15: At a critical time for race relations, coronavirus attacks Detroit's Black church leadership. New Michigan State norm: Joyful air hugs, elbow bumps and COVID-19 testing.
June 12: GM declines request to shut down a plant as cases of coronavirus grow, union says. U.P.'s Ontonagon County the only place in Michigan with zero COVID-19 cases.
June 11: Jobbie Nooner still on despite coronavirus concerns, boaters urged to social distance. Charts showing a spike in Michigan's coronavirus cases are misleading.
June 10: Unusual rodent engine problem caused by coronavirus has become common.
June 9: Michigan prison population sees record drop during coronavirus pandemic. Michigan adds 25 new deaths due to coronavirus; 108 new cases.
June 8: Poll shows Michiganders fear a second wave of coronavirus, support Gov. Whitmer's orders. The fate of GM's revived Warren plant for face mask production is uncertain.
June 6: At least three deaths suspected among Detroit's homeless community.
June 5: Michigan reports probable coronavirus cases, deaths for the first time.
June 4: The impact on frontline workers intensifies, even as coronavirus cases slow down. Why impact on frontline workers is intensifying — even as coronavirus cases slow down
June 3: Michigan surpasses 58,000 coronavirus cases; deaths now at 5,570. COVID-19 results for 108 prisoners mixed up at Macomb Correctional Facility.
June 2: Michigan 5th in the nation in coronavirus deaths of nursing home residents. Coronavirus could be lurking in protest crowds, doctors prepare for a new wave of cases.
June 1: Nearly killed by COVID-19, Michigan doctors, nurses return humbled, smarter.
May 31: Michigan surpasses 57,000 coronavirus cases, death toll reaches 5,491. State employees work less, get paid more under federal coronavirus relief plan.
May 30: 3 Michigan nursing homes report more than 100 coronavirus cases. See newly released data. Detroit Lions' Taylor Decker says he's "not really worried about" playing during a pandemic.
May 29: Salons and barbers tell Gov. Whitmer: We need to reopen immediately. Shops and restaurants opening, closing in Oakland County during the pandemic. Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi reopens after several-month closure due to the coronavirus. Homeland Security in Michigan now investigating coronavirus fraud.
May 28: Detroit ad saluting city's resilience amid COVID-19 is a national hit. Local downtown shops struggle, get creative to survive coronavirus. Health care in Michigan dramatically changed because of COVID-19.
May 27: Nearly half of Detroiters lost their job during the coronavirus pandemic. Ford pauses production at Kansas City Assembly Plant after worker tests positive for COVID-19. State releases nursing home COVID-19 death count; numbers expected to grow.
May 26: Whitmer says her husband was joking when he asked a boat contractor whether his status as Michigan's "First Gentleman" would help him get his boat in the water ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Paid sick leave in focus amid COVID-19 crisis, but the impact may not last. Genetic genealogy companies Ancestry, 23andMe begin COVID-19 research.
May 25: New coronavirus cases down in Michigan; death toll reaches 5,240. Two out-of-state visitors test positive for coronavirus in Grand Traverse County. Macomb County boy, 7, recovers from pediatric rare syndrome linked to COVID-19.
May 24: Michigan reports 5 coronavirus deaths, lowest single-day report since March.
May 23: Robert Bazzell, retired automotive engineer, died of COVID-19 complications.
May 22: Chaldean immigrant parents in Michigan die from coronavirus, leaving behind 3 kids. Backlogged surgeries from COVID-19 shutdown could take months to reschedule. Judge tosses Legislature's lawsuit over emergency powers.
May 21: Trump visits Michigan, calls for Americans to get back to work, expects 'epic' comeback. Grocery employees say they work in fear, want hazard pay to continue. Wixom Lake turns into a giant beach after the Edenville Dam bursts. COVID-19 pandemic complicates response to Midland flooding.
May 20: Mid-Michigan's catastrophic flooding adds to the state's pandemic woes. Seven barbers ticketed for cutting hair at Michigan Capitol protest. Michigan Summer Beer Festival canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.
May 19: Secretary of State declares that absentee ballot applications will be sent to all Michigan voters. Traverse City eyes closing Front Street downtown to cars as part of its businesses plan to reopen.
May 18: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins to lift parts of stay-home order in northern-part of the state, requires businesses to have a COVID-19 response plan. An eviction ban leaves landlords worried about missed payments and their bottom line. Huge day as Detroit 3 restart at least 51 plants shuttered since March by the coronavirus. Michigander writes a historic novel about a 1796 epidemic.
May 17: Michigan becomes the new face of defiance in America. Michigan reports the lowest daily coronavirus death total since March. Pfizer ramps up its Kalamazoo manufacturing site to aid in the mass production of a vaccine in human trials.
May 16: Michigan surpasses 50,500 coronavirus cases; the death toll reaches 4,880. Coronavirus shutdown hitting Michigan sports businesses. A priest draws a squirt gun in the fight against coronavirus.
May 15: Duggan hires a hospital executive and political ally to lead Detroit's long-term coronavirus response. Michigan Opera Theatre's costume department making masks to aid the COVID-19 fight.
May 14: Inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 sickens more than 20 Michigan kids. Mail delivery has slowed, but union officials hope for a return to normal by the end of May. California State University system's decision might squash college football in 2020.
May 13: Whitmer says stay-at-home order prevented 3,500 more deaths, urges people to stay inside. Catholic Mass to resume in metro Detroit, but with social distancing precautions. Michigan governor warns not to expect to see crowds at sports events this fall because of the pandemic. Catholic Mass to resume in metro Detroit, but with social distancing precautions.
May 12: Ann Arbor company says its nasal antiseptic can kill coronavirus. Gretchen Whitmer reacts to threats against her, others with another protest looming. Michiganders prepare for another month at home — and possibly another month without any income — and are still waiting on their unemployment benefits.
May 11: Horse-drawn carriage plans delayed again as Mackinac Island opening stalled by the coronavirus. UAW, Ford unveil safety video to calm 'worried' workers heading back to factories. Commission will look into banning guns in Capitol, the meeting ends in threats.
May 10: In Michigan, 22,000 are ‘recovered’ from coronavirus; many still feel like hell. Michigan reports the lowest number of single-day coronavirus deaths since March. An immigrant store owner in Detroit and a Muslim prayer leader dies of coronavirus. COVID-19 nearly killed them both: A Michigan couple's journey to hell and back.
May 9: Michigan’s definition of coronavirus ‘recovery’ looser than other states. Michigan ranks highest in the nation for prisoner deaths from coronavirus. Expiration for driver's licenses, vehicle registration extended to July.
May 8: Golf carts allowed again on Michigan courses. Michigan's largest restaurant trade group urges Whitmer to reopen restaurants on May 29. Homeless shelters, already at capacity, see increased demand.
May 7: Michigan allows manufacturing to resume Monday. The 2020 Ann Arbor Art Fair is canceled. Seven Catholic religious sisters at the same convent in Livonia die of COVID-19.
May 6: Michigan crosses 45,000 coronavirus cases; the death toll reaches 4,250. Michigan has more immigrant detainees, inmates with coronavirus. Detroit mayor defends the reliability of coronavirus test, says it is helping put city back to work.
May 5: Ali Salaam, the father of Detroit boxer Tony Harrison, dies from coronavirus. Detroit's demolition program is axed to help balance the city's budget. Whitmer tells Glamour magazine: 'I’m not going to apologize for doing my job'
May 4: Republican congressman Paul Mitchell sues Gov. Whitmer over handling of coronavirus. Detroiters, suburbanites see similar coronavirus test results at a Detroit site.
May 3: As the state prepares to reopen the economy after a stay-home order that has been in place since early March, even people in the same business are unsure about how to proceed. Wayne State student, custodian dies of coronavirus.
May 2: Coronavirus contact-tracing apps under development, but Michigan isn't joining the effort. Detroit pastors keep the faith after getting the coronavirus. Michigan National Guard to help test all prisoners in Upper Peninsula for coronavirus.
May 1: Whitmer extends Michigan's state of emergency until May 28. Michigan farmers faced with the prospect of killing livestock. Trump supports Michigan protesters, says Gov. Whitmer should 'give a little.'
April 30: Coronavirus contact tracing essential, but volunteer program stalled by controversy. Governor and Legislature headed for major split over the state of emergency. Michigan Department of Corrections faces class-action lawsuit over coronavirus response.
April 29: Michigan is expected to allow construction work to resume on May 7. Blue Angels flyover for Detroit is canceled. Henry Ford doctor on ventilator beats COVID-19. Essential workers to get free college under a new Whitmer plan. Michigan is providing condoms by mail.
April 28: Michigan's top doctor says the state's coronavirus curve is flattening, but ICUs still maxed out with cases. Whitmer wants to extend the state of emergency through most of May. Royal Oak commissioners censure a member who flouted COVID rules at an anti-Whitmer rally.
April 27: Schools spending millions to deal with coronavirus. Businesses are having difficulty finding appropriate face coverings. Michigan med school residents feel excitement, anxiety as they head to front lines in coronavirus fight. Blue Angels to fly over Detroit Wednesday to thank essential workers.
April 26: Coronavirus cases reach 37,778 across Michigan, with 3,315 deaths. Experts say more testing needed for Michigan to reopen and get back to work safely. 'Saturday Night Live' online skit features Cecily Strong as Gov. Whitmer. Ford recalls skeleton crew to begin factory prep Monday amid worker anxiety
April 25: A second wave of coronavirus deaths could be worse if history is any indication. Secret strolling club forms in Ferndale to bring joy during coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus changing Ramadan for Muslims in metro Detroit. Coronavirus cases at Michigan prison surge as widespread testing begins.
April 24: Families in Airbnbs, hotels left out of the eviction ban. A Detroit firefighter battles coronavirus. Metro Detroit businesses hope to not lose out again on Paycheck Protection Program.
April 23: La-Z-Boy has reopened some stores, plans to restart production next week. Wait time grows for spots in drug rehab programs amid coronavirus outbreak. GM to recall some plant workers next week to prep restart.
April 22: As layoffs sweep through Beaumont's administrative staff, Beaumont CEO says he's taking a 70% pay cut. Detroit says COVID-19 infection rate at 26 percent in city's nursing homes as testing continues.
April 21: Amid Republican outrage, Michigan cancels contact tracing contracts. Food pantries see 'intense demand' as coronavirus crisis worsens. President Trump announces the suspension of immigration to 'protect jobs' amid the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Michigan makes cuts, forecasts losses of up to $1 billion.
April 20: Michigan contact tracing efforts are underway, but not without obstacles. Racial inequity turns deadly in Detroit amid a comeback. No plan yet from Gov. Whitmer on reopening Michigan's economy after coronavirus shutdown. Massive declines in community college summer enrollments foreshadow tough times ahead.
April 19: Detroit girl, 5, dies of COVID-19, becoming Michigan's youngest victim. Family ravaged by coronavirus begged for tests, hospital care, but was repeatedly denied. Whitmer says her strict stay home orders are working. Amid outbreak, police departments help families celebrate birthdays at a distance.
April 18: Michiganders file lawsuits over Whitmer's stay home order. Pregnant Michigan women turn to midwives during coronavirus outbreak. Detroit Pistons have 100 ideas to help Detroit fight coronavirus. ICE detainees in Michigan jail test positive for coronavirus, 1 released.
April 17: Detroit area hospitals resuming surgeries, procedures after weeks of red ink. Michigan begins tracking probable COVID-19 deaths and cases. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she hopes for 'some relaxing' of stay-home order May 1.
April 16: Detroit hospitals lay off workers by the hundreds even as pandemic rages. University of Michigan nurses protest lack of PPE and 'broken' health care system. A state Senate task force studying ways to reopen Michigan’s economy looks at activities that can begin again. The World Health Organization says alcohol may put individuals at increased risk for coronavirus.
April 15: Thousands converge on Lansing to protest Whitmer's stay home order. Meat shortage could be coming soon as processing plants are forced to close. Infection rate at Michigan prison exceeds New York, Chicago jail hot spots.
April 14: Oakland County to require essential workers to wear face coverings. More than a quarter of Michigan's workforce has filed unemployment claims. Union chief says McLaren Macomb hospital to lay off operating and recovery room nurses. Beaumont sidelines hospital in Wayne as coronavirus surge slows.
April 13: Deaths from COVID-19 soar to 1,602 in Michigan. Afraid of getting coronavirus, Michiganders avoid urgent care centers, emergency rooms. The mental health crisis hotline sees 891% spike in calls. Beaumont launches the nation's biggest study on coronavirus antibodies.
April 12: Coronavirus cases climb to 24,000, daily reported cases hit two week low. Michigan woman with coronavirus, encephalitis discharged from hospital. Detroit Red Wings star Dylan Larkin and his father, Kevin Larkin, donate protective gloves to help health care workers in Michigan.
April 11: Field hospital at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi scales back from 1,000 beds to 250. Royal Oak police chief Corrigan O’Donohue tests positive for coronavirus. Detroit grocery stores add special shopping hours for seniors. Beaumont Hospital's 1st coronavirus patient beats the odds, gets off ventilator.
April 10: Deaths of more than 20 residents with coronavirus linked to 2 Livonia nursing homes. Coronavirus has dealerships moving to online sales. Michigan became the first state to be a part of a new program that will help children and their families. TCF Center opens with a new designation, accepts the first 25 coronavirus patients to the converted 1,000-bed field hospital.
April 9: Coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 in Michigan. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends the state's "stay home" order until May 1 and creates a task force to look at racial disparities in coronavirus patients and deaths. Detroit police break up dozens of gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus.
April 8: Wayne County morgue brings in refrigerated trucks for a surge in coronavirus deaths. Detroit has 26 more coronavirus deaths but the curve is "beginning to flatten." Pandemic apex in Michigan unclear, experts say. Millage request for new Macomb County Jail put on hold due to coronavirus, economy.
April 7: Michigan coronavirus cases hit 18,970, leaving 845 people dead. Detroit auto show schedule change likely avoided earlier coronavirus outbreak, experts say. Ex-Michigan football's Mark Campbell is a coronavirus cautionary tale. Thousands of metro Detroit health care workers sickened in coronavirus pandemic.
April 6: More than 700 Henry Ford Health System employees tested positive for coronavirus. Beloved Southfield teacher Brenda Perryman dies of coronavirus. Detroit rep blasts lack of coronavirus testing as 2 relatives die, husband tests positive. Metro Detroit churches bring God to your car during coronavirus pandemic.
April 5: A Warren mom with coronavirus had to give birth in isolation without her husband. Retired Michigan State Police trooper dies of coronavirus, days after wife. Detroit Free Press staffers to take furloughs during coronavirus fight. State orders funeral homes to report coronavirus deaths quickly.
April 4: Coronavirus case numbers continue to climb in Michigan, surpassing 14,000 with 540 reported deaths. The coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of Michigan police officers, politicians, postal service workers and auto workers. The death of Joe Louis Kearney marks the first death of a state prisoner confirmed to have COVID-19. Michigan's economy, like the national economy, is in free fall and workers are losing paychecks in numbers reminiscent of the Great Depression.
April 3: Sterling Heights fire marshal asks whether hardware stores are essential businesses during stay-at-home order. Michigan Liquor Control Commission urges residents to drink in moderation as national alcohol sales surge 55 percent. Anthony Smith, who worked at the Detroit National Distribution Center in Allen Park, becomes the first known mail handler to die of coronavirus, his union says. African Americans lead in coronavirus cases, deaths in Michigan.
April 2: Grocery delivery and curbside pickup services are running days behind. Macomb County business owner feels pressure to call workers back amid coronavirus pandemic. Fine for violating stay-at-home order goes up to a $1,000 civil fine, a $500 criminal fine and 90 days in jail.
April 1: Driver who said woman coughed on his bus dies of coronavirus. Governor declares state disaster and seeks 70-day extension of emergency. 31 residents, five staff test positive for COVID-19 at west Michigan nursing home. TCF Center is being transformed into a 1,000-bed field hospital. Many Michigan gyms stop auto-charges during coronavirus.
March 31: Whitmer joins GOP governor from Maryland in joint coronavirus plea to Washington. 2 Detroit school employees, 3 parents dead from coronavirus, superintendent says. UAW, Ford rapidly assemble a team to make respirators at Flat Rock instead of Mustang.
March 30: Coronavirus deaths in Oakland County double in a single day — and expected to get worse. Detroit to get on-the-spot coronavirus testing. Renters and landlords in Michigan feel the pain of coronavirus pandemic. Reversing course, Trump praises GM, says it's doing a 'fantastic' job. Detroit native Lizzo treats Henry Ford ER staff to lunch.
March 29: Michigan announces the COVID-19 death toll reaches 132, including two Ford hourly workers, and the case total had reached 5,486. Detroit auto show canceled as TCF Center chosen for a field hospital in coronavirus fight. A letter from Henry Ford Health System circulates on social media outlining life and death guidelines for use during the pandemic.
March 28: The state of Michigan declares the new tax deadline for state income returns is July 15. The president orders GM to begin making ventilators under Defense Production Act. Numerous Michigan hotels close as the coronavirus crisis deepens and others are barely staying open amid single-digit occupancy rates.
March 27: President Donald Trump slams Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he weighs disaster request for Michigan. The Henry Ford Health System confirms a detailed outlining life and death guidelines for use during the pandemic. Shoppers leaving gloves, masks, wipes in parking lots.
March 26: Michigan's governor says the state has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. Beaumont Health CEO describes coronavirus pandemic as "our worst nightmare." Quicken Loans, one of Detroit's largest employers, says it may need temporary emergency funding amid coronavirus pandemic. Distilleries pivot from whiskey to hand sanitizer as coronavirus depletes supplies.
March 25: Michigan death toll at 43, one week after the state's first death. Beaumont hospitals 'facing limitations and nearing capacity' with coronavirus patients. Data gleaned from mobile phones shows Michiganders are staying home amid concerns for the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to location data and analytics firm Unacast. Detroit Police Department deals with the death of a second member of the agency from COVID-19.
March 24: On the first day of Michigan's stay-at-home order, businesses and law enforcement are confused. State Attorney General Dana Nessel says that the order was written quickly. Michigan deaths up to 24; legislature cancels session. Congress reaches a $2 trillion stimulus deal. Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for the virus. Detroit newspapers feel the economic pressures of coronavirus.
March 23: Saying that "we must do more" to save lives, Gov. Whitmer issues a stay-at-home order, expanding the scope of earlier shutdowns. Local chefs, restaurateurs beg the government to help their devastated industry amid pandemic. Downtown Detroit's biggest landlord, Dan Gilbert's Bedrock real estate, says it will waive all rent, building expenses and parking fees.
March 22: A man dies in Washtenaw County as a result of the coronavirus, bringing Michigan's death toll to nine. Michigan's governor says she assessing whether to order residents to shelter in place and will do "what we need to do to keep people safe." Michigan jobless claims surge to 108,000 in a week and the labor director asks for patience.
March 21: Three large, Michigan business lobbying organizations, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, urge Whitmer against issuing an order to shelter in place. A University of Michigan analysis says coronavirus will likely trigger a recession that will cost Michigan between 155,000 and 400,000 jobs. Michigan hospitals seek donations of new, unused medical supplies to help health care professionals and first responders.
March 20: A University of Michigan analysis says the coronavirus pandemic is the start of a recession that will cost the state between 155,000 and 400,000 jobs. The state has said students attending school online during the coronavirus shutdown won't be able to count it toward their required annual instructional hours.
March 19: A third person dies in Michigan from coronavirus, an 81-year-old woman at a Henry Ford Health System hospital in Detroit. The second death is a woman in her 50s at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. The total number of cases skyrocketed to 336. Bankrupt Art Van Furniture ended its liquidation sale early to limit social contact.
March 18: A man in his 50s dies at Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County becoming Michigan's first death tied to coronavirus. The number of cases statewide jumps to 110. Nationally, there are more than 7,300, and worldwide, more than 215,000. The U.S.-Canada border closes for non-essential travel and automakers shut down all North America plants as a precaution against coronavirus.
March 17: St. Patrick's Day celebrations are scaled down in the absence of Corktown's parade cancelation and the shutdown on restaurants. Some stores, including specialty shops, department store chains and malls announce temporary closures. Detroit bus services halts but resumes the next day. Grocery stores cut hours to restock empty shelves. Trump asks Congress for a pot of gold, $850 billion, to revive the ailing economy. Hospitals announce one-day testing. Cases in Michigan reach 65.
March 16: Michigan's governor orders bars, restaurants, theaters, and casinos to close and restricts gatherings to less than 50 people, while the Centers for Disease Control recommends social gatherings be limited to 10 or less. The Michigan Supreme Court enacts emergency court procedures. The governor expands unemployment benefits as the number of infected cases rises to 54.
March 14: Michigan announces eight more cases, bringing the total to 33. The count includes a teacher at Osborn High School in Detroit and Pistons forward Christian Wood. U.S. House a relief bill to help people affected by the coronavirus.
March 13: Trump declares a national emergency. Confirmed cases in Michigan rise to 25. Michigan's governor limits visits to Michigan hospitals and bans gatherings of more than 250 people. Prison visits are stopped.
March 12: Whitmer orders Michigan's schools close for three weeks until April 6 as a "necessary step to protect our kids." Ten more cases are reported, bringing the state's total to 12. Non-essential employees in Wayne County are furloughed. Companies begin plans for employees to work from home.
March 11: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says coronavirus is '"no reason to panic," but prepare. Michigan officials warn to expect more cases, state close universities. WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. President Trump delivers a prime-time address from the Oval Office on coronavirus. He calls for a ban on travelers from European countries, other than the United Kingdom, for 30 days.
March 10: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declares an emergency after confirming the state's first two cases of the new coronavirus, an Oakland County woman and a Wayne County man tested positive.
March 7: Sports leagues stop playing with fans, and schools begin making preparations to close — and offer online lessons. U.S.-Canada border agents also become concerned about protective gear.
March 5: The public begins to panic, stocking up on extra food, cleaning products and hand sanitizer. The Fed cuts the federal funds rate to stimulate the economy. Gas prices begin to go down. The NBA asks players not to high-five, and churches halt traditions to limit contact.
March 2: Just days after the first coronavirus patient dies in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that it's certain that additional people will contract the virus and the U.S. surgeon general asks people not to stockpile masks.
Feb. 23: A dozen towns in northern Italy go into lockdown as outbreak there surges to more than 150, and the U.S. braces for a pandemic. In the next few days, the University of Michigan football team cancels an international trip, the Dow tumbles, and the president asks Congress for $1.25 billion to fight the virus.
Feb. 22: About 325 people in Michigan are monitored for coronavirus and self-isolating. There are more than 76,000 cases globally, with more than 2,200 deaths. There are 34 confirmed cases in America.
Feb. 19: About 600 passengers disembark from the Diamond Princess in Japan. Chinese officials release data suggesting the virus could be 20 times more deadly than the flu.
Feb. 14: France announces first virus death in Europe.
Feb. 10: Michigan family stuck on a cruise ship, the Westerdam, that can't find a port to dock as a result of virus fears. After being held at bay by a gunship in Thailand, the Westerdam eventually docks in Cambodia.
Feb. 7: Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor, dies after contracting the coronavirus. He warned early on that the infections in China could become an epidemic.
Feb 5.: A sick traveler at Detroit Metro is suspected of having the coronavirus and taken to a local hospital for treatment, but cleared the next day. Deaths in China rise to 490. Ten people on a cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, test positive for the virus.
Jan. 31: Airlines around the world shut down flights to and from China.
Jan. 30: The WHO declares a public health emergency of international concern as China reports thousands of coronavirus cases. The U.S. state department warns not to travel to China, and the next day, the president suspends travel of foreign nationals from China.
Jan. 29: Detroit Metro Airport begins screening for the virus.
Jan 28: U.S. evacuates personnel and some private citizens aboard charter flights. The virus also has spread to Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Australia. The U.S. confirms more cases in Chicago, Southern California and Arizona. Stock market tumbles.
Jan. 25: Three Michiganders — two from Washtenaw County and one from Macomb County — are tested, although the tests come back negative. Experts predict the virus will spread. The outbreak rattles markets, stocks slide.
Jan. 23: China effectively quarantines Wuhan, suspending air, rail and bus travel, as well as subways and ferries, to try to contain the virus from spreading. There are now more than 500 cases. Lunar New Year events are canceled.
Jan. 20: China reports a third death and more than 200 cases, and acknowledges the virus can be passed from human to human. Thailand, Japan, South Korea also confirm coronavirus cases, according to the WHO. A 35-year-old man, examined in an urgent care clinic in the Seattle area after returning from visiting family in Wuhan, becomes the first American case.
Jan. 18: A second person, a 69-year-old man, dies in China, health authorities report.
Jan. 11: The first fatality from the virus in Wuhan is reported. It is a 61-year-old man who was a regular at the seafood market. Wuhan's health commission, however, says that there is no evidence the virus is spread from human-to-human contact.
Jan. 9: China's state media reports the viral pneumonia cases are caused by a new type of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, with no specific treatment or vaccine. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
Jan. 8: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge physicians who treat patients with pneumonia-like sickness to consider a possible link to the Chinese outbreak and wear protective masks.
Jan. 6: Medical investigations rule out bird flu, seasonal flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome. Chinese authorities report the number of suspected cases is nearly 60.
Jan. 3: The number of these pneumonia cases increases to 44, 11 are severely ill.
Jan 1: China closes the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the patients worked, for sanitation and disinfection. WHO asks China for more information to look into the cases and assess the risk.
Dec. 31: China informs the World Health Organization it has detected unusual pneumonia cases in Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million. The cause, China says, is unknown.
Dec. 18: The seafood merchant is now barely conscious in a hospital.
Dec. 10: A 57-year-old seafood merchant in Wuhan's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market feels sick, according to news reports. She thinks she's coming down with a cold. She walks into a local clinic, and then went back to work.
Nov. 17: The first case, a 55-year-old, may have been known, but not publicly acknowledged, according to the South China Morning Post, which tried to track the virus back to patient zero.
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