DETROIT – Federal officials are focusing on Wayne County as an emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) hotspot as the city of Detroit alone surpasses 1,000 confirmed cases.
UPDATE -- March 27, 2020: Michigan cases up to 3,657, including 92 deaths
The number of confirmed cases continued to skyrocket Friday, with 801 new cases in the state. Young, middle-aged and elderly people in Wayne County and Detroit have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The U.S. Coronavirus Task Force is now focused on Wayne County as an emerging hotspot for the virus.
The city of Detroit is also becoming a major concern for federal, state and local authorities. The city surpassed 1,000 cases Friday, according to the state -- 1,075 confirmed cases. That’s more cases in the city than in any Michigan county.
There are an additional 735 cases in Wayne County outside of Detroit, giving the county a total of 1,810 confirmed cases, according to the state count.
On Friday afternoon, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Detroit police Chief James Craig tested positive for the coronavirus. He said 39 DPD officers have tested positive, and 468 are in quarantine.
The Detroit Health Department released a map on the city’s website that shows the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
The red areas represent hotspots with higher numbers of cases. There are few areas of red and much more green, suggesting the virus is widespread in the city.