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State expands criteria for COVID-19 testing

The state of Michigan is expanding testing criteria for suspected COVID-19 cases.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced it is expanding testingcriteria for COVID-19 to include individuals with mild symptoms.

Michigan’s testing priority criteria now includes: 

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers
  • Patients in congregate facilities with symptoms, including those at:
    • Long-term care or elderly living facilities
    • Jails or prisons
    • Homeless shelters
    • Residential foster care facilities
    • Other group-living settings
  • Patients age 65 and older with symptoms
  • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
  • First responders with symptoms
  • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
  • Individuals with mild symptoms

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive. She says expanded testing is needed to learn more about how COVID-19 is spreading in Michigan.

“We want to make sure people know that if they have symptoms, they should work with their medical provider to be tested,” says Khaldun.

To date, 27,001 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19. 1,768 Michiganders have died.

This week, Genesee County (1,030) became the fourth Michigan county to record more than a thousand cases of the disease. Wayne (12,209), Oakland (5,364) and Macomb (3,620) are the others. 

In all, 14 counties in Michigan have more than 100 positive COVID-19 cases. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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