Michigan Dept. of Health Gets More Test Kits; Doubles Capacity
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it has obtained additional test kits, and now has the capacity to test more than 300 Michiganders, should they show symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Those additional test kits came from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and arrived on Thursday.
“We want Michiganders to know that their state laboratory is ready and able to provide testing for COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “We are currently able to provide same day turnaround for test results.” -MDHHS release
MDHHS says the new test kits arrived "following news from the CDC that testing criteria had expanded to include any persons, including healthcare workers, who have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset, or a history of travel to one of the affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset". Some of the affected areas are China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
MDHHS says the new testing criteria will allow them to confirm COVID-19 cases much quicker and slow the spread of this disease in the United States.