Washtenaw County continues making progress in the fight against the coronavirus. Vaccine sites are still available, and a new COVID-19 test challenge has been initiated. At the same time, a rare case of the Sin Nombre hantavirus has been detected in the county. WEMU's David Fair gets further details on these developments from Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.
COVID VACCINE UPDATES:
Continue to provide vaccination & focus on making it as easy to get as possible
- The EMU Convocation Center running half days Wed & Sat through the end of June (except Sat 6/19).
- Walk-in without an appointment at the Health Dept Tues through Fri from 9-11:30am & 1-3:30pm.
- Any of the three vaccines.
- Spanish interpreter today 6/8 (phone translation for other languages).
- Community pop-up vaccination clinics this week listed at washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine
- Taking the clinic RV out to community sites, posted on our COVID-19 vaccine page
- You can help name our new mobile clinic. Form on our website. We’ll be giving away some tee shirts/prizes to randomly selected entries.
- This week: First United Methodist, downtown Ypsilanti, multiple schools across county and the Pull Over Prevention Clinic.
- Last round of schools clinics – if you get the first dose in the series you’ll have to come to the health dept for the 2nd dose.
- Home visits continue where needed.
HOME TESTING INITIATIVE: "SAY YES COVID CHALLENGE"
- Provides home test kits (free, rapid) to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti residents with goal of preventing/reducing spread of COVID-19.
- Unvaccinated individuals 8 years + to test 2x per week for a month. Pick those individuals in the household with the highest risk (2-3 per house).
- Cooperative effort with National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, test manufacturer Quidel & CareEvolution.
- Individuals can order kits online at covidTestAAYpsi.org or pick up during vaccination hours at the Health Dept.
- Test kits will also be available for pick up at Health Dept vaccination clinics in AA & Ypsilanti
- Option to participate in research study.
- Frequent, rapid testing can help identify cases early and prevent addition spread.
NON-COVID NEWS: HANTAVIRUS
First human case detected in Michigan
- Rare but severe: Sin Nombre hantavirus (causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome or HPS).
- Transmitted through infected rodents (mice).
- Exposure to urine, droppings or bites. Mostly likely exposure is through inhaling contaminated particles while clean or working in an infested area.
- Not transmitted person to person.
- More at washtenaw.org/mice.
- Keep rodents out of your home.
- If you find them (or evidence of them) – clean carefully.
- Ventilate area first.
- Disinfect before cleaning (i.e. wet droppings and nesting materials with disinfection to avoid airborne dust/particles).
- Seeing rodents outside.
- Pets (dogs/cats) do not carry or transmit hantavirus. If your pet brings in a rodent, follow cleaning instructions (i.e. plastic bag/gloves; disinfect.
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