Michigan National Guard to assist with No-Cost Community COVID-19 Testing in Allegan, Alpena, Ottawa, Branch, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties

Contact: Capt. Andrew Layton, 517-940-0881

The Michigan National Guard will continue its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS0 and local health departments to offer COVID-19 testing this week in the communities of Allegan, Alpena, Holland, Sturgis, Taylor and Ypsilanti.

Testing locations include: 

Allegan: Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to noon, 3255 122nd Street, Allegan

Alpena: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alpena County Fair Grounds, 625 South 11th Avenue, Alpena 

Holland 1: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 5-8 p.m., D&W Fresh Market, 50 Douglas Avenue, Holland 

Holland 2: Friday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holland Fire Station #2, 12169 James Street, Holland 

Sturgis: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m., Maple Crest Plaza, 1555 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis 

Taylor: Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road, Taylor 

Ypsilanti: Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti

The Michigan National Guard has more than 20 trained testing teams ready to assist with community COVID-19 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. 

“Since March, members of the Michigan National Guard have performed more than 600 community-based missions in 81 of 83 Michigan counties as part of our state’s response to COVID-19. This includes COVID-19 testing support for more than 290 long term care facilities throughout Michigan, 7 million pounds of food distributed at local food banks, and more than 106,000 COVID-19 tests administered as part of community based testing initiatives,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our state and widespread testing remains one of the best ways communities can assess their level of risk for the disease.”  

The MING 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. The community testing initiative is a continuation of those efforts.  

Similar testing has been held in more than 50 communities over the past three months.   

For photos of COVID-19 testing Aug. 26 on Mackinac Island, click here:  

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6339541/michigan-national-guard-conducts-cost-free-covid-19-walk-thru-tests-mackinac-island  

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