HOUGHTON — The state of Michigan honored Michigan Technological College’s COVID-19 lab to commemorate its one-year anniversary.
At Friday’s Board of Trustees assembly, State Rep. Greg Markkanen offered Board Chair Brenda Ryan with a tribute commending the lab. Along with Markkanen, the decision was signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and State Sen. Ed McBroom.
“This has been an unimaginable achievement recognized across the state,” stated Markkanen, R-Hancock.
Tech’s is the one campus-based COVID testing lab within the state. Over the previous 12 months, the lab has carried out about 34,000 checks for Michigan Tech and the broader neighborhood, operations supervisor Karl Meingast stated final week.
It grew to become the biggest COVID testing lab within the Higher Peninsula, taking samples from nursing properties 100 miles away, the tribute stated. At one level, it was processing essentially the most checks per day of any COVID lab within the state.
The tribute recommended Tech for the lab’s “speedy implementation firstly of the pandemic with the flexibility to carry out high-volume COVID-19 testing with speedy turnaround outcomes.”
“The lab has had a dramatic and important influence on the well being and well being care of residents within the Higher Peninsula of Michigan,” it learn.
Ryan thanked Markkanen, a 2000 Tech graduate, at Friday’s assembly for his position in initiating the lab.
“Michigan Tech is happy to have been in a position to present this useful resource to the Higher Peninsula throughout such a difficult time,” Ryan stated. “The college, workers and college students who’ve labored so onerous to ascertain and function the COVID-19 testing lab are the true heroes on this story and we thank them for all of their onerous work over the previous 12 months.”
The tribute acknowledged quite a lot of school and workers, together with Caryn Heldt, David Dixon, Cary Gottlieb, Carsten Külheim, Stephen Techtmann, Jennifer Sanders, Cathy Jenich, Karl Meingast, Brooke Goulette, Mike Abbott, Natasha Chopp, Emmett Golde and Karyn Fay.
“We’re extremely pleased with the work of the MTU COVID-19 testing lab,” McBroom, R-Vulcan, stated in a launch. “When the pandemic was simply beginning to take maintain final 12 months, college school and administration had the foresight to see that the epidemic had the potential to destroy a lifestyle for the scholars and the college neighborhood, in addition to all the western Higher Peninsula of Michigan. Their spectacular contribution to a extra secure and safe high quality of life for residents is to be recommended.”