Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services issues order to increase efficiency of COVID-19 testing

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A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved faster testing protocols as the viral outbreak continues to spread worldwide. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Michigan is taking steps to maximize the state’s coronavirus sampling and testing capacity.

The state’s Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order this week establishing procedures designed to ensure continued public health services and enforcement of health laws.

Those steps include prioritized sampling and testing, and faster information sharing between departments. Gordon said the order looks to save lives by focusing on consistency and communication.

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