Flashpoint interview: Michigan’s chief medical officer discusses omicron, when surge could peak, COVID tests
This week on Flashpoint, the state of Michigan’s chief medical officer Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in our state -- have we seen the worst of it or is it yet to come?
U.S. braces for more international travelers with restrictions easing starting today
The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit hasn’t seen much traffic from Canadians looking to enter for non-essential travel, but that will change on Monday when international travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the U.S.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test to attend concerts
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it will require guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (48-hour PCR or six-hour antigen) to enter the Orchestra Hall and Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
Free, rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests available from Washtenaw County Health Department
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - If you want to get tested for COVID-19 in your own house, it’s now possible in Washtenaw County. COVID Test is offering testing kits by mail by ordering online at covidtestaaypsi.org or by pickup at the Washtenaw County Health Department, 555 Towner St. in Ypsilanti. The county health department is also continuing to offer vaccinations Tuesday though Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. “Children, adolescents, and adults who are not yet fully vaccinated need more accessible tests to inform their choices,” said Juan Luis Marquez, medical director for the Washtenaw County Health Department. COVID Test project may use the above link or call the county health department at 734-544-6700.mlive.com
Here’s a look inside Henry Ford’s COVID-19 testing lab
The main lab at Henry Ford was the first in Michigan, outside of the health department, to be able to test for COVID-19. Now, the health system tests over 1,500 samples a day and have done roughly a quarter of a million tests since March. Depending on the urgency of the result, the lab can actually choose to do the PCR test on a specific, smaller machine with a rapid turnaround. In general, the majority of tests take less than 24 hours to determine results when they’re done on the larger machines. Dr. Linoj Samuel with Henry Ford Health System explains the process.