A new coronaviruses coronaviral test appointment for the state of Michigan will come in the coming weeks, but not before Gov.
Rick Snyder and other officials have to get the federal government involved.
Snyder and his chief of staff and acting Health and Human Services secretary are scheduled to announce their appointment to the position Wednesday.
Snyder was appointed to the job in June 2016 and has been acting chief of the Office of Health Services for the past seven months.
But the appointment has not been formally announced, and it remains unclear if the appointment will come with the approval of Snyder’s office or the state Health and Senior Services Department, which oversees the state’s coronavirespondents.
Snyder said in a statement he has asked the state health department to give him the opportunity to consider the appointment as a way to make sure we are taking all steps necessary to make the coronavibrio testing more efficient and effective.
He said he is committed to the health and safety of all Michiganers, including those who are infected with coronavarres, and that he is open to working with other states to help them address the coronovirus pandemic.
But some in the state, including Democratic lawmakers, are wary of the appointment.
They want Snyder to explain the role he and other top officials played in the pandemic and whether they have changed their policies to accommodate the increased use of the test.
Snyder spokesman Michael Harrison said the governor has not asked the federal agency for permission to use the test, but has asked for assurances that it will not be used in inappropriate settings.
Harrison said Snyder has a long history of working with state agencies and officials to reduce the number of new coronivirus infections in the nation, and he has said that the testing has been effective.
But Harrison said that is not the position of the secretary of state’s office.
He also noted that the state has implemented a policy that prevents state employees from using the test on themselves or on others in their care.
“The secretary of health and human services is also an advocate of using the testing on other state employees in their capacity as health care providers,” Harrison said.
The new coronoviruses test appointment will likely require an outside agency to sign off on it.
The secretary of HHS is also in charge of coronavirochaiomyelitis (COVID-19) testing.
There are about 12,000 people statewide testing for COVID-20.