Before the March 10 presidential primary, Michiganders felt pretty lucky. The state had no recorded Covid cases, so campaign rallies went on without much concern. Then an hour after the polls closed, the state confirmed two cases.
In reality, things were far different than they seemed.
At least 365 Michigan residents showed symptoms of the virus before March 10, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services, Craig Mauger and Beth LeBlanc of The Detroit News report. There can be a lag of up to 14 days before someone who is infected begins feeling symptoms.
Officials don't know whether any of those individuals with symptoms in early March attended campaign rallies, voted at precincts or joined other large gatherings.
Before and shortly after the primary, Covid testing in Michigan and other parts of the country were limited.