Michigan National Guard to assist with no-cost community COVID-19 testing in this week in Ottawa and Schoolcraft 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 and local health departments by offering COVID-19 testing this week in the communities of Manistique and Zeeland.

Testing locations include:

Manistique: Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Schoolcraft County Road Commission, 322 E. Rd. Manistique, MI 49854.

Zeeland: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3 -7:30 p.m., Zeeland City Fire/Rescue, 29 W. Main Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464.

The Michigan National Guard has more than 20 trained testing teams ready to assist with testing in communities, long term care facilities, and the Michigan Department of Corrections. These teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and additional members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. The Michigan National Guard team members have tested negative for COVID-19 and follow strict medical protocols to ensure health and safety of Michigan’s communities.

“Since March, Soldiers and Airmen from the Michigan National Guard have responded to more than 600 requests for assistance from state and local partner agencies, conducting more than 205,000 COVID-19 tests. In addition to community testing, we have provided testing support to more than 290 long term care facilities and have helped distribute more than 15 million pounds of food at local food banks,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and following other guidance recommended by public health officials is still imperative to slow the spread of this disease, especially as we enter the holiday season.”
The Michigan National Guard has supported testing initiatives in 81 counties throughout the state during the last six months.

For photos of COVID-19 testing Oct. 3 in Bay City, click here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6383255/michigan-national-guard-performing-coronavirus-tests-fall-bay-city.

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