Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive order today that expands coronavirus testing sites and the types of medical personnel that can order a test.
“We need to keep working to expand testing, which is why it is crucial that Michiganders who have Covid-19 symptoms, even mild ones, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can get tested,” Whitmer said.
The governor said the executive order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as the state works towards a goal of 15,000 tests administered daily.
"We owe it to the real heroes of this crisis — medical workers, first responders and other essential workers — to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus," Whitmer added.
The measure also creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without a doctor's order in advance.
Michiganders eligible for testing include people who:
- Exhibit any symptom of Covid-19, including mild symptoms
- Have been exposed to a person with Covid-19
- Have been working outside their home for at least 10 days
- Reside in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp
Whitmer also announced a new online dashboard that will assist public health officials as they make state, regional and county-level decisions related to Covid-19.
The dashboard will also give the general public insight into the indicators that impact those decisions, Whitmer added.
Latest figures: Michigan has 55,104 coronavirus cases and 5,266 coronavirus-related deaths, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, announced Tuesday.