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?
Biden announcing COVID-19 vaccine mandate or weekly testing for employers with more than 100 workers
President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.
USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth offers rapid drive-thru COVID testing site
Panama is waiting for its first shipment of doses of the vaccine against the new coronavirus, expected next week. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Rapid drive-thru COVID-19 testing will now be available at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. RapidBio, a molecular diagnostics laboratory, is partnering with the arena and Wayne Health to provide drive-through collection and rapid test results for COVID-19. “This new partnership allows us to provide results to our patients faster than ever before,” explained Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H., who leads the Mobile COVID Testing Program for Wayne Health. “The sooner people know their COVID status, the quicker they can take the necessary steps to keep themselves safe and stop the spread.”USA Hockey Arena is located at 14900 Beck Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170.
Close contacts of woman with COVID-19 variant in Washtenaw County identified
DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Washtenaw County Health Department announced seven close contacts of the first person to carry a COVID-19 variant in Michigan have been identified and are being tested. The contacts are being monitored more closely than normal, according to the health department. The first case of the COVID-19 variant believed to be more contagious was detected in Michigan over the weekend. Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Saturday, Jan. 16 that an adult female living in Washtenaw County contracted a new COVID-19 variant, known as B.1.1.7. READ MORE: First case of COVID variant detected in Michigan: What to know
Police: Couple flew to Hawaii despite positive COVID tests
HONOLULU – A couple were arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19, authorities said. The couple took a COVID-19 test in Seattle after returning from abroad, police said, then received their positive results while flying between Seattle and San Francisco. “Officials notified the couple of positive test results and directed them to isolate.”But the two, who had a layover in San Francisco, decided to continue on to Hawaii over the weekend. “They knowingly boarded a flight aware of their positive COVID-19 test results, placing the passengers of the flight in danger of death,” Kauai police said. Effective Wednesday, all travelers to Kauai must spend 14 days in quarantine regardless of whether they obtain a negative COVID-19 test.
FDA authorizes rapid at-home COVID-19 test
When it comes to COVID testing, we’ve been hearing about growing lines and delayed results. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new emergency use authorization for an at-home test. The new test by California-based Lucira is a nasal swab test that can provide a result within 30 minutes and is for use by anyone ages 14 and older if their healthcare provider thinks they may have COVID-19. The nasal swab test involves swirling a patient’s self-collected sample swab in a vial, which is then placed in the test unit. The FDA did not talk about the price of the test but the company’s website indicated that the test is intended to cost less than $50.
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.
Reports: Trump experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ after positive coronavirus test
All rights reserved)President Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports Friday morning. President Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” after his positive coronavirus diagnosis according to a White House official, but it’s “business as usual” for the president today, and the president is “in good spirits.” - @PeterAlexander — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 2, 2020Trump announced Friday morning, on Twitter, that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning. More White House staff members are undergoing COVID-19 tests. LIVE UPDATES: Trump, First Lady test positive for coronavirus; others being tested
White House: VP Mike Pence tests negative and ‘remains in good health,’ after Trump tests positive for COVID-19
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning, hours after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence “remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”Pence is tested every day for the virus, O’Malley confirmed. Read: Shock, sympathy, criticism: World reacts to Trump infection
Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in children continues to rise
DETROIT – As students in some states head back to in-person school, a recent series of reports show the number of COVID-19 cases in children and teens is climbing. Aug. 26, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 99,200; Death toll now at 6,424While most children will have mild forms of illness -- and hospitalizations and fatalities among children are still rare -- some will face serious health complications. The American Academy of Pediatrics found cases among children went up 21% between Aug. 6 and 20. “This tells us that children do get this disease,” said Dr. Sally Goza, president of American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Guliz Erdem has treated confirmed and suspected cases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
CDC updates its COVID-19 testing guidelines
DETROIT Some people who have been exposed to COVID-19 may no longer need to be tested for the virus. Aug. 26, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 99,200; Death toll now at 6,424Previously the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended testing for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. New guidelines from the CDC claim those who have been exposed, but dont have symptoms might not need to be tested. Testing after a potential exposure is still recommended regardless of symptoms for vulnerable individuals -- such as older adults and anyone with chronic medical conditions. The update does not reference quarantine or isolation after an exposure, but the CDC still recommends it.
Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19
The antibody drugs are “very promising” and, in contrast, could be available “fairly soon," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who is leading government efforts to speed COVID-19 therapies. One company, Eli Lilly, has already started manufacturing its antibody drug, betting that studies now underway will give positive results. Another company that developed an antibody drug cocktail against Ebola — Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. — now is testing one for coronavirus. Others working on antibody drugs include Amgen and Adaptive Biotechnologies. All the antibody drugs must make their way through the bloodstream to wherever they’re needed.
Online Michigan Bar Exam crashes due to technical glitch
Test takers were interrupted Tuesday when the Michigan Bar Exam, which is being taken entirely online this year, experienced some kind of technical glitch.The Michigan Supreme Court announced in May that the bar would be changing from a traditional two-day format bar examination this year in favor of a single-day, essay-only, remote option amid the coronavirus pandemic. A technical glitch with passwords for the Michigan Bar Exam has been resolved. Test takers are being emailed passwords and the test day will be extended to allow for the delay for some test takers to access the second module. ADA participants were not affected reads a tweet at 11:49 a.m. from the Michigan Supreme Court. The State Bar of Michigan said the 15-question essay exam would cover both state and federal law topics similar to those that would be addressed in the 200-question Multistate Bar Exam, which it said cannot be administered online this year.
Job posting: Regional director for COVID testing wanted in Detroit
LTS has posted the following job for the Detroit region:Regional Director - COVID Testing Site Michigan (Detroit area)Travel Required -80%This is a 6 month position. LTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law. Supervisory Responsibilities:Works closely with scheduler, facilities team, Site Manager and Executive teamManage vendors and team members as needed for set up of static testing sitesWill manage multiple teams and projects simultaneouslyQualifications:3-5 years Project Management experience requiredExperience with managing multiple teams and projects simultaneouslyExceptional organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to prioritize and move forward multiple projects simultaneouslyExcellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to lead nuanced communication with vendors as well as state and local government officialsDemonstrated ability to execute key purchasing, personnel, and operations decisions autonomously and in communication with Executive TeamStrong Microsoft office, Teams skills a plusAbility to travel to multiple COVId-19 testing sites (-80% travel required)Operational background would be a plusDuties/Responsibilities:
Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible
A small study strengthens evidence that a pregnant woman infected with the coronavirus might be able to spread it to her fetus. They found signs of the virus in several samples of umbilical cord blood, the placenta and, in one case, breast milk. The new study involved women at three hospitals during the height of the outbreak in northern Italy. The viruss genetic material was found in one umbilical cord blood sample, two vaginal swabs and one breast milk sample. Researchers also found specific, anti-coronavirus antibodies in umbilical cord blood and in milk.
CVS Pharmacy has new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites across Michigan -- check list here
DETROIT CVS Pharmacy has announced new COVID-19 testing sites across Michigan. These new sites will utilize self-swab tests. The self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients. MORE: Several new and expanded Michigan based drive-thru coronavirus testing sites will speed up results
COVID-19 antibody testing in Sterling Heights
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – With testing for active coronavirus becoming more readily available, there’s a new push for antibody testing as well. Cities, organizations and employers can request the team to visit; Wednesday they were in Sterling Heights testing essential workers. “What this testing will do is give us a better sense of how many people have been infected by the virus,” said Sterling Heights mayor Michael Taylor. “Maybe there’s an ability to donate blood and plasma to help other people if we were exposed to it,” he said. Again, this testing is being done and paid for by the Wayne State Physicians Group, ACCESS and Ford.
First responders get tested for antibodies in Northville Township to further understand COVID-19
NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – There’s a lot we don’t know about antibody testing, but one community has decided there’s value in moving forward by testing first responders. First responders still want to be tested and hope that data can lead to more solid answers. Hundreds of first responders were tested for antibodiesBeing tested for coronavirus antibodies at Ward Church in Northville Township on Six Mile Road. "So when this developed, we said we’re in.”These types of antibody testing is occurring all over Metro Detroit. “We have platoons coming in and it makes a lot of sense to have this test," said Northville Township Supervisor Bob Nix.
First responders get tested for antibodies in Northville Township to further understand COVID-19
First responders get tested for antibodies in Northville Township to further understand COVID-19Published: May 14, 2020, 6:30 pmThere’s a lot we don’t know about antibody testing, but one community has decided there’s value in moving forward by testing first responders.
New testing site in Dearborn also houses first responders to slow spread
DEARBORN, Mich. – Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Police Chief Ronald Haddad and the Dearborn Fire Department worked together to get a new testing site in Dearborn up and running. After a lot of teamwork, they came up with the state’s first drive-thru rapid testing site. Inside is room for 200 first responders to stay if they test positive and don’t want to risk spreading the virus to their families. “The city of Dearborn has stepped up to provide not just for their city but for western Wayne County," Gilchrist said. Dearborn officials will continue to work on getting as many tests as they can to test as many first responders as they can.
CVS Health to provide drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn
DEARBORN, Mich. – The Michigan governor announced Tuesday a partnership with CVS Health to provide drive-through rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn. Gretchen Whitmer’s office, COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Henry Ford Centennial Library -- 16301 Michigan Ave. -- at no cost to eligible Michiganders. Testing will be conducted using the new Abbot ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the fastest detection of the virus. Patients are required to stay in their vehicles at the testing site. The testing process takes about 30 minutes from the collection of the swab to the delivery of results.
Search for the nearest Michigan COVID-19 testing site
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding testing criteria for coronavirus to include those with mild symptoms. It has put together a COVID-19 test site finder here. Michigan’s COVID-19 testing priority criteria now includes:Hospitalized patientsSymptomatic healthcare workersPatients in congregate facilities with symptoms, including those at: long-term care or elderly living facilitiesJails or prisonsHomeless sheltersResidential foster care facilitiesOther group living settingPatients age 65 and older with symptomsPatients with underlying conditions with symptomsFirst responders with symptomsCritical infrastructure workers with symptomsIndividuals with mild symptomsIf you believe you have coronavirus you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss if you should be tested.