As we all know, Michigan is under a state of emergency. At this point, even local colleges are starting to suspend face-to-face classes and are moving things to online-only.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer enacted the state of emergency Tuesday after announcing two people had tested positive for the virus, officially called COVID-19. Both infected people live in southeast Michigan and had recently traveled.

The declaration enables state emergency response teams working with municipalities to respond more quickly to local needs if the virus spreads.

COVID-19 is a public health threat because it's spreading so quickly around the world.

Whitmer is urging Michigan residents to take care of each other and make sure your family and friends are taking every preventative measure available to keep yourselves safe.

In Michigan, 77 people have been tested for COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported.

Of them, 57 have come back negative for the disease. Results of 18 tests are pending.

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