FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112
LANSING, MICH. Five additional Neighborhood Testing Sites are opening this week, bringing the total number of community sites offering COVID-19 testing across Michigan to 17. The Michigan Department of the Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working with trusted community partners including churches, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to launch the sites.
Testing is free and locations were chosen in part to help address racial and ethnic disparities that had existed prior to the pandemic and were exacerbated by the virus. Language translation is being provided at all sites, as well as assistance for the deaf and hard of hearing.
“We are working to make these Neighborhood Testing Sites as accessible as possible to the communities most in need,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy or health and MDHHS. “Ensuring all Michiganders can get tested is a priority for the department and we appreciate the partnerships with these community organizations helping make that happen.”
New sites in Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing, Niles and Wayne are opening this week. They join 12 other sites in Albion, Detroit, Ecorse, Flint, Graying and Roseville. Additional sites are slated in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids and Muskegon in coming weeks which will bring the total number of these sites to 22.
Testing sites are offering saliva tests, which are less invasive than nasal swabs and may make the testing process more tolerable for some people. Since the sites began operations on Aug. 28, more than 700 people have received a COVID-19 test at these locations.
Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made either by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 and selecting “1” or online. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows, but pre-registration is strongly advised. Online registration is available at Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest through Solv. Test results can be obtained via phone, email or by logging into the results portal.
Test sites opening this week are as follows:
Additional sites will be announced as they are confirmed.