Testing urged in mid-Michigan as COVID-19 cases surge amid holidays

On Monday, Michigan reported over 32,000 COVID-19 cases.
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:51 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Just as a holiday weekend ended, COVID-19 cases continue to spike throughout the United States including right here in Michigan.

On Monday, Michigan reported over 32,000 COVID-19 cases. Health officials are urging everyone to take steps after any holiday gatherings to prevent spreading COVID-19 between friends and family.

There is unfortunately a shortage of COVID-19 tests that you can take at home right now, but the best thing to do if you find out you were exposed is to get tested - even if you are fully vaccinated.

Testing should be done especially if you were gathering with people outside of your household. Because symptoms of omicron can resemble the common cold, it’s recommended that you wait 5 to 7 days after exposure to get that test.

As has been the case since the onset of the pandemic, if you’re feeling sick - stay home.

“If you are not feeling well or you had a high-risk exposure, the people that you were staying with for the holidays, they are all sick with COVID, then you would want to stay home yourself and get tested,” said Dr. Madeleine Gagnon of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

If you’re heading to any more gatherings for the New Year, it’s important to remember that you’ll start to see symptoms of COVID-19 anywhere from two to 14 days after you’ve been exposed.

FEMA funding for tests

President Joe Biden is ordering the use of FEMA funding to help in COVID-19 testing.

It directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use the funding to create and run testing sites in coordination with state and local health departments.

The memo says it’s the administration’s policy to fight and respond to the pandemic with the full capability of the federal government.

Vaccine milestones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says about 73% of the US population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

61% are fully vaccinated and more than 66.4 million people have gotten a booster dose.

In Michigan, 63% of people eligible for the vaccine have gotten the first dose.

Related: Coronavirus Report: Michigan reports 32,957 new cases, 274 deaths over past five days

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