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Michigan wants to increase COVID testing again

Michigan’s testing has gone down as vaccinations increased
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 6:49 PM EDT
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MASON, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wants to ramp-up COVID testing again because of a third surge in cases. The state is partnering with several agencies including schools including schools to make tests more available.

Ingham Intermediate School District is just one of 34 districts offering post spring break testing to the community.

“It not only allows us to keep our staff and students safe, but the community in general,” said Jason Mellema, Ingham ISD Superintendent.

Testing has gone down statewide since people started to get vaccinated.

“Positivity level is high which is an indication we have an inadequate amount of testing going on,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County Health Officer.

But as new variants continue to spread, that has people worried.

“What happens in our community happens in our schools,” said Mellema.

Mellema said the district partnered with the state to offer COVID testing after spring break to keep students in the classroom.

“Staff members have been prioritized to make sure they are vaccinated so we can continue to provide in-person learning opportunities and this is just another layer of defense,” he said.

The state is really focusing on schools because kids aren’t able to get the COVID vaccine yet.

Starting Friday, it will begin testing student-athletes. More than 500 school districts also offer tests for students and staff. Vail said this is a way to help keep schools open.

“When we put that in schools and in school sports, it is very critical in terms of just testing enough to maker sure have early enough detection so we can do that do that isolation and separation fast enough,” she said.

Ingham ISD is offering free community testing four days. It is open to everyone. You are asked to pre-register, but that isn’t required.

April 10 – 10am-4pm – Lansing Gardner International Academy – 333 Dahlia Dr, Lansing MI (http://honumg.info/GardnerIA)

April 11 – 10am-5pm – Ingham ISD – 2630 West Howell Road, Mason MI (http://honumg.info/WilsonTalent)

April 13 – 12pm-6pm – Lansing Eastern High School – 626 Marshall Street, Lansing MI (http://honumg.info/EasternHS)

April 14 – 11am-6pm – Ingham ISD – 2630 West Howell Road, Mason MI (http://honumg.info/ThorburnEC)

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