Michigan National Guard to assist with no-cost community COVID-19 testing in Flint and Manchester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2020
Contact: LTC Kathryn Prater, 517-243-5904

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan National Guard will continue its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State Police, and local health departments to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing this week in Genesee and Washtenaw Counties. This testing is offered at no cost, and appointments are not required.

Testing in Genesee County will be held in Flint from 9 a.m – 1 p.m. on both Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church parking lot, located at G5443 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48505.

Testing in Washtenaw County will be conducted in Manchester from 12 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 at the Riverside Intermediate School parking lot, located at 710 E. Main St, Manchester, MI 48158.

The Michigan National Guard has more than 25 trained testing teams ready to assist the State of Michigan with testing initiatives. These three-member teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and two members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. All team members from the Michigan National Guard have tested negative for COVID-19 and have been following strict medical protocols to ensure health and safety and to protect Michigan communities.

“As Michigan communities continue to face the challenges of this global pandemic, the Michigan National Guard is proud to partner with public health professionals from across the state to provide community-based testing opportunities,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We are honored to serve the communities that we live and work in, this service is a core function of the Michigan National Guard.”

The Michigan National Guard has been actively engaged in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic through widespread testing and screening, distribution of personal protective equipment, and assistance at numerous food banks across the state since March 18. The community testing initiative is a continuation of those efforts.

Similar testing has been held over 30 other communities over the past two months. 

For photos of COVID-19 testing July 13 in Flint, click here: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/373794/michigan-national-guard-provides-covid-19-testing-flint

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

 

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