Michigan COVID surge: Push for pre-holiday testing, vaccinations

Michiganders advised to get tested, get vaccinated before gathering for holidays

People are rushing to get tested for or vaccinated against COVID-19 in Michigan as the state sees a surge right before the holidays.

People are rushing to get tested for or vaccinated against COVID-19 in Michigan as the state sees a surge right before the holidays.

Pharmacies, urgent cares and doctors offices are seeing the the pre-holiday rush to get vaccinated before spending time with friends and families before the holidays.

It’s a good idea according, according to local health departments. The COVID case numbers continue an upward trend in Metro Detroit and across Michigan. The state is not issuing new mandates but they’re urging everyone to wear a mask inside during holiday gatherings.

Read more: Michigan health officials: Face masks recommended at all indoor gatherings amid COVID surge

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services may release more recommendations soon.

“If you’re congregating with a bunch of people indoors, it’s wise to make sure they’re vaccinated, or encourage them to get vaccinated,” said Whitmer.

Starting Tuesday, MGM Casino and Moto City Casino will again mandate masks inside regardless of vaccination status.

It’s a holiday season that comes with a side of concern. Anyone traveling this holiday season is urged to get vaccinated and to get tested for COVID before meeting with friends and relatives.

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About the Author:

Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.