DHHS director says prevention key to COVID-19 response
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Medicaid patients will be allowed more access to tele-medicine services. The state Capitol is temporarily closed to school group tours. And the state’s top medical official testified before a state House Committee today on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Michigan Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun told the House Health Policy Committee the state’s still inventorying the needs of health care facilities. But she says vigorous prevention efforts can help manage the flow of patients to emergency rooms and doctors’ offices.
Khaldun says she’s also not rationing test kits despite concerns there won’t be enough.
“I’ve asked my team not to wait until you get low on testing kits but to order, order, order because I expect more to be coming in.”
At the same time, the Legislature just sent Governor Whitmer a spending bill that includes 25 million dollars to aid in coronavirus response.