MDHHS announces holiday data schedule for Memorial Day
LANSING MI. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced its holiday schedule for all data posting over the holiday weekend.
Data will not be updated on the Michigan.gov/coronavirus website on Memorial Day due to the state holiday. This includes COVID-19 case information, vaccine administration updates and hospital data. Data updates will resume on Tuesday, June 1. Case data will be broken down into daily averages for Sunday, May 30, Monday, May 31 and Tuesday, June 1.
Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Rapid COVID19 Testing Available in Albion
According to Health Grades a rapid COVID test is a type of diagnostic test. Rapid tests usually measure viral antigens, which are substances that tell your body to produce an immune response to an infection. Antigens are not the same as antibodies, which your immune system creates in response to signals from antigens. Trained personnel in a variety of settings can administer a COVID rapid antigen test.
The other type of diagnostic test is the PCR test, which detects molecules of viral genetic material (RNA). It is labor-intensive and performed in an accredited laboratory. The molecular test is the standard diagnostic test for COVID, but you may have to wait several days or more to get the results.
Other non-PCR types of molecular tests detect coronavirus RNA, frequently with a quicker turnaround time. One of the tests in use for diagnosing active coronavirus infection involves LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification). It is a rapid molecular test, typically for use in a clinical setting like a hospital or nursing home. An at-home COVID-19 test using LAMP was recently issuing an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), available in the spring of 2021.
Rapid antigen, antibody, and molecular tests are so-called point-of-care tests, where results are returned when the sample is taken, usually within 15 minutes.
The COVID Rapid Test Reliability works like the Molecular or PCR tests are more reliable than antigen tests for diagnosing an active infection. When comparing the sensitivity of a PCR test to a rapid antigen test to the original test, the PCR test can detect a single molecule of coronavirus RNA in a patient sample. A rapid antigen test would likely need tens of thousands of molecules in the same size sample to get a positive result. Rapid molecular tests seem to be similar in sensitivity to the standard PCR molecular test, meaning if test results are negative, you are likely not infected. However, sensitivity varies between test devices—there are more than 200 different test devices (antigen, molecular, and antibody) listed on the FDA website.
Rapid antigen tests are most reliable when people are in the early stages of COVID-19 when the viral load is highest in their throat and nasal passages. You may not experience symptoms at that stage, but you are still contagious and can spread the virus to others. Repeated rapid antigen testing can help because the amount of virus in your nose and throat can increase enough within hours so that you can test positive after one or more negative tests. A positive rapid antigen test result means you most likely have COVID-19. A molecular test can confirm the diagnosis.
If you take a rapid COVID antigen test 5 to 7 days after you develop symptoms, you may not have enough antigens for the test to detect them, and you may get a false-negative result. Likewise, if you test too early, perhaps just after being exposed to the virus, your test will come back negative because there are not enough viral antigens to be detected. If infected, you will likely test positive in another day or two.
Rapid antigen tests are a diagnostic tool but not meant to confirm an active infection or prevent transmission among people who don’t have symptoms. They are intended for people with symptoms of COVID-19, people who are in close contact with a confirmed COVID case, and for tracking people who are part of an outbreak. Today, rapid antigen tests are more likely to be used to screen large numbers of people to identify potentially infected individuals and track the spread of the infection within the community. However, the FDA recently granted a EUA to two rapid antigen tests for home use. One requires a doctor’s order; another does not. These tests may be available for purchase starting January 2021.
Experts believe a person with COVID may be contagious for up to three days before developing symptoms and most contagious in the two days before they start to feel sick. The duration during which an individual is infectious varies. Guidance about how long to isolate or quarantine may depend on your circumstances. Current guidelines are between 10 and 14 days, but it depends on how sick you are—patients who are hospitalized should remain isolated, if possible, for 20 days or more after symptoms first appear.
You can get Rapid COVID19 Testing at 401 East Michigan Ave Albion, Michigan 49224