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.
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.
FDA allows 1st rapid COVID test that gives results at home
Rapid test results are critical to quickly quarantining those who are infected and tracing their contacts. There are other rapid tests but most require a small, special machine operated by a health professional to deliver results. The Lucira COVID-19 test grew out of research the company was doing to develop an at-home flu test, according to the company’s website. Lucira said its test results matched those of a laboratory-based test 94% of the time when screening for the virus. Doctors will be required to report the home test results.