MCCC hosting a COVID vaccination clinic; the positive rate decreases

A partnership between Monroe County Community College and the state seeks to expand access for local residents seeking vaccines or boosters.

The college will host a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinic in its administration building at 9:00 a.m. at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in room A-173. The clinic also took place on Tuesday.

Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary.

The college advises residents to watch for inclement weather as the clinic is subject to college opening, which will be announced on its website.

Monroe County remains in a state of high transmissions, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Sunday, 1,440 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the county, reflecting a period of increased case loads, although recent data shows a 40.2% decrease in case positivity.

About 60.7% of Monroe County residents received at least one dose of the vaccine on Sunday. Approximately 42.1% of residents completed the initial vaccination and received a booster dose.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Rockefeller Foundation have teamed up to ship 250,000 free COVID-19 tests to 50,000 households across Michigan — but for now, County residents Monroe will not be eligible.

Households in eligible ZIP codes in Berrien, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw and Wayne counties and the city of Detroit can order one test kit per household from the Project Act website. Each kit contains five tests and should arrive in Amazon packaging within one to two weeks of ordering. Michigan has 250,000 tests, which will be made available to 50,000 households in this first phase of the program, with additional testing availability expected in the future.

“Testing is essential to help Michigan residents protect themselves and their loved ones as we face the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release announcing initiative. “I am grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for partnering to provide 250,000 tests to families in counties across the state. Earlier this month, we also ran 300,000 tests in schools and other group settings. Together, we can protect ourselves by testing, getting vaccinated, and getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in areas with high transmission.

People wanting to order tests will enter their postcode to see if they live in an eligible area. People without internet access can contact the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136, or contact 211 for help ordering tests.

“Testing is an important tool to limit the spread of the virus and home testing allows individuals to very quickly determine if they are positive for the virus and take steps to self-isolate and seek treatment if necessary,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. “I urge the people of Michigan to order their tests today in addition to getting the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and their booster dose when they are eligible, as the vaccine is our best defense against the virus. We are grateful for this partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation that will put more testing into the hands of Michiganders who need it most as we continue to fight COVID-19.

The public-private partnership program brings together five other state health departments in Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico and Ohio, as well as test maker iHealth, technology company healthcare company CareEvolution and logistics provider and leading retailer Amazon.

This program is in addition to free at-home testing available through the federal government’s partnership with the United States Postal Service.

Michiganders also have many options for accessing COVID-19 testing, such as MDHHS-supported community contextual testing sites, which include testing at reception centers and airports in addition to 22 testing sites. neighborhoods across the state. Michiganders can also locate nearby testing sites through an online search tool.