As COVID cases rise in southeast Michigan, city of Detroit now offers testing program to treat – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – Southeast Michigan is again a hotspot for COVID cases, according to Center for Disease Control counties Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Washtenaw, all under high community transmission of COVID.

“I kinda expected this to happen, you know COVID doesn’t go away, it comes and goes in cycles, sometimes the cycles are worse, sometimes not as bad,” said Dr. Matthew Sims, director of infectious diseases and control at Beaumont Health.

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As of Monday morning, Beaumont Health had 238 COVID patients in its hospitals, and Dr. Sims says they’ve seen cases double in the past two weeks.

“The numbers are still relatively low, but they’re going in the wrong direction,” Sims said.

Henry Ford Health reports 100 patients currently hospitalized with COVID, a number that has also increased recently. They say a couple of things are to blame for the surge.

“Omicron’s sub-variant is called BA.2.121, this caused an increase in New Your State, it was a new variant for the United States and we now see it here,” said Dr Dennis Cunningham MD. Medical Director of the Infection Control System at Henry Ford Health.

He says more people have also been exposed to the virus, with recent mask mandates lifted and people gathering for Mother’s Day and Spring Break.

Starting today, to help curb the number of COVID cases, the City of Detroit is offering the Test to Treat program.

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According to the city, Detroiters who test positive for COVID-19 at a city testing site can be evaluated and given antiviral medication. The services are free.

The Test to Treat program is currently available on:

  • Joseph Walker Williams, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Appointments only by calling 313-230-0505.

The test to treat is a national program. Find other Test to Treat locations here.

For more information about COVID-19, including testing and vaccination sites in Detroit, call 313-876-4444 or detroitmi.gov/health.

Doctors say they don’t know if large crowds this summer will cause another surge, but are encouraging everyone, especially if you’re sick, to wear masks in crowds.

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