The MDHHS is ready to ramp up COVID-19 testing.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is planning to ramp up testing for COVID-19. The state has already sent 1.4 million antigen tests to long-term care facilities as well.

Now is the time for us all to come together and do what’s necessary to end this pandemic...We are making progress in the fight against the virus with more than 4 million doses administered and 2.6 million Michiganders having at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVD-19 vaccine. It is important, now more than ever, that we double down on the things that work: wearing masks, social distancing, getting tested and making plans to get vaccinated as soon as possible...said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health.

Starting on Friday, April 2nd, student-athletes will receive weekly testing for kids ages 13 to 19. These required weekly tests are for contact and non-contact athletic activities.

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Officials are also working to offer pop-up testing sites for school districts to get tested after spring break. On top of that, the state of Michigan will begin to provide COVID-19 testing sites at Michigan Welcome Centers as well as airports throughout the state which will be available for residents returning from trips.

Our goal is to loosen restrictions while reducing public health risk which is why we move slowly to maintain progress and momentum with thoughtful public health measures...We are also increasing testing in key populations to help identify cases more quickly, and help prevent additional spread of the virus...said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. 

Source: Mid-Michigan Now

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