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Ingham Community Health Centers offer drive-through COVID-19 testing

April 15, 2020
<p>Michigan State University Health Team member picks up patient tests on April 2, 2020.</p>

Michigan State University Health Team member picks up patient tests on April 2, 2020.

Photo by Di'Amond Moore | The State News

Ingham Community Health Centers have expanded drive-through COVID-19 testing capabilities, according to Ingham Community Health Center officials. This expansion is in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or MDHHS.

Ingham Community Health Centers is one of thirteen drive-through testing sites announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer April 13. Drive-through testing facilities were expanded at the state level to allow Michiganders better access to testing, as well as to improve testing efficiency.

Once fully prepared, the site will be able to test up to 100 people a day.

According to the health centers, community members must have COVID-19 symptoms to qualify for drive-through testing.

Those who qualify for testing, as ordered by Whitmer, include:

  • Hospitalized patients.
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers.
  • Patients in congregate facilities with symptoms, including those at:
    • Long-term care or elderly living facilities.
    • Jails or prisons.
    • Homeless shelters.
    • Residential foster care facilities.
    • Other group living settings.
  • Patients age 65 and older with symptoms.
  • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms.
  • First responders with symptoms.
  • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms.

Community members in need of testing are instructed to call Ingham Community Health Centers at 517-887-4517 to receive an assessment and an order with an appointment time, according to an Ingham County press release.

Ingham Community Health Centers provide care regardless of insurance or ability to pay, according to the release. Those without a primary care physician are still eligible for testing, but must call ahead.

“Health Centers have always played a critical role in our local health care system by ensuring access to care and reducing overuse of emergency departments,” Executive Director of Ingham Community Health Centers Anne Scott said in the release. We are ready to mobilize coronavirus care and testing for more people in our community, particularly those disproportionately affected by COVID-19."

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