Michigan National Guard Continues Partnership with State Emergency Operations Center, MDHHS and Local Health Departments to Offer COVID-19 Testing at New Sites

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan National Guard will continue its partnership with the Michigan State Police State Emergency Operations Center, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and local health departments to offer COVID-19 testing this weekend in the communities of Westland, Traverse City, Flint, Albion, Mackinaw City and Midland.

These drive-thru sites will be offering tests at no cost to the public both Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.

“As we reopen Michigan’s economy, widespread testing is critically important so that we can track the spread of COVID-19 in local communities,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "I encourage residents in these communities to take the opportunity to be tested at one of these drive-thru sites this weekend."

The Michigan National Guard has more than 60 trained testing teams ready to assist, of which 21 are currently assigned to support the community testing mission. Separate teams have recently supported Michigan Department of Corrections facilities throughout the state.

These include a certified medic to conduct the testing and 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 self-isolating in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to ensure health and safety and to protect Michigan communities.

Locations for each testing site include:

Westland
Westland Mall
35000 Warren Road
Westland, MI 48185
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traverse City
Traverse City Pit Spitters Stadium
333 Stadium Drive
Traverse City, MI 49685
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Flint
Shiloh Missionary Church
2120 Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48505
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Albion
Marshall Opportunity High School
225 E. Watson Street
Albion, MI 49224
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mackinaw City
507 W. Central Avenue
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Midland
Dow Diamond
825 East Main Street
Midland, MI 48640
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Similar testing was held in Flint and Muskegon Heights last weekend with nearly 2,000 community members served.

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