Morning Briefing Jan. 19, 2022: Avoiding at-home COVID test mistakes; Status conference set for Ethan Crumbley case today

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FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File) (David Dermer, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

At-home COVID tests: Avoiding common mistakes

The Biden administration is offering American households four at-home COVID tests for free to help keep up with demand, and to help slow virus spread.

It’s important to know how to use the at-home tests in order to make the most of them.

Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make, and how to avoid them.

Website is live: You can now order free COVID-19 tests from the US government

The federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests is now accepting orders.

Learn more here.

Status conference today for case against Ethan Crumbley

A status conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for the case against Ethan Crumbley who is charged in connection with the mass shooting at Oxford High School.

Court is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Crumbley is not expected to be present at this hearing between the judge, defense attorneys and prosecution.

Read more here.

13 players who recently left Detroit and had more success with other teams

It always hurts to watch a player leave your favorite team and thrive elsewhere -- something Detroit sports fans have become accustomed to the last several years.

Here’s a list of players who recently left Detroit and found greener pastures.

2 shot by person with high-powered rifle in Monroe, police say

At least two people were shot in Monroe overnight by someone with a high-powered rifle, according to police.

Read the report here.

Weather forecast: Cold front to bring frigid air this afternoon

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 37,114 new cases of COVID-19 and 251 virus-related deaths last Friday -- an average of 18,557 cases over a two-day period. The deaths announced Friday include 140 identified during a Vital Records review.

Last Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,746,707, including 28,479 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,709,593 cases and 28,228 deaths, as of Wednesday.

The state did not provide a data update on Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The next update is expected this afternoon.

Read the latest COVID report here.

About the Author:

Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.