Michigan National Guard to Assist with No-Cost Community COVID-19 Testing in Three Lower Peninsula Communities this Week

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 to offer COVID-19 testing this week in the communities of Baldwin, Newago, and Three Rivers.

Testing locations and times include:

Baldwin:
Baldwin High School
525 4th Street, Baldwin, MI 49304
Friday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Newaygo:
Newaygo High School
200 East St., Newago, MI 49337
Thursday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Three Rivers:
Three Rivers Health Department Building
1110 Hill St. Three Rivers, MI 49093
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

“In partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as local health departments, men and women from the Michigan National Guard have stepped up to make COVID-19 testing as safe, easy, and accessible as possible for all Michiganders,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Testing for COVID-19 provides critical data that helps to assess the risk for this virus in our communities, which, in addition to following guidance from public health officials, helps all Michiganders as we remain vigilant in our fight against this 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 35 communities over the past two months. 

For photos of COVID-19 testing July 24 in Escanaba, click here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6296818/michigan-national-guard-giving-covid-19-tests-north-bridge

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