Are you, or someone close to you, worried you may have been exposed to COVID-19? Tests are available at all of the below locations or events. Need for payment, insurance, doctor's orders or presentable symptoms may vary.
- Wednesday, July 1 at The Bread House Church, 1518 S. Washington Ave., from noon to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 8 at Tabernacle of David Church, 2645 W. Holmes Road, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, July 9 at Friendship House of Prayer Baptist Church, 4301 S. Waverly Road, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, July 11 at Walsh Park, off of Walsh Street, from noon to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 15 at Holt High School, 5885 Holt Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sparrow Health System. They can be reached through their coronavirus hotline at (877) 205-1300:
- Sparrow Ionia Hospital. Located at 3565 S. State Road, they are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
- Sparrow Laboratories Drive Thru Services, formerly the Sears Auto Center. Located at 3131 E. Michigan Ave., they are open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m and are the only site to offer blood draw testing for those 12 and older.
- Sparrow Clinton Hospital. Located at 805 S. Oakland St., they are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sparrow Eaton Hospital. Located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., they are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sparrow Carson Hospital. Located at 401 E. Elm St., they are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
- Sparrow St. Lawrence. Located at 1210 W. Saginaw St., they are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- MAC - Michigan Athletic Club. Located at 2900 Hannah Blvd., they are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- McLaren Greater Lansing - Mid-Michigan Physicians Southside Urgent Care. Located at 5525 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., they are open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (517) 913-3888.
- Ingham Community Health Centers - Forest Community Health Center. Located at 2316 S. Cedar St., they are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and can be reached at (517) 887-4517.
- CVS Health, COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site. Located at 240 M.A.C. Ave., the store is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at (866) 389-2727.
- RediCare Okemos Urgent Care and Grand River Family Care. Located at 1881 W. Grand River Ave., they are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be reached at (517) 339-2100.
- Lansing Urgent Care - Frandor. Located at 505 N. Clippert St., they are open every day, 24 hours a day. Other locations include:
- Okemos, 2289 W. Grand River Ave.
- Optimal Medical Staffing. Located at 15945 Wood Road, they are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (517) 394-1234.
Should you get tested?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, people who have been infected with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe that appeared 2-14 days after exposure, including but not limited to:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The CDC said that older adults and people who have severe, underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications than others.
They advise that you seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these possible emergency warning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Lynn Sutfin, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), said people who are asymptomatic, meaning they might not be currently presenting symptoms but could develop them further down the line, can spread the virus through respiratory droplets same as anyone else.
While there is currently no set vaccine for the virus, hospitals and health care providers are doing all they can to help patients recover swiftly and smoothly. Though a test doesn't necessarily provide you with physical relief, it provides the public with mental relief because they are able to then contact trace — an attempt to slow the spread.
Types of testing
According to the CDC website, a viral test reveals if you have a current infection, while an antibody test reveals if you had a past infection.
Viral tests are done through a swab in your nose. These are the most common and results are usually available within a couple hours.
If you test negative at the time your viral sample was collected, it does not mean you won't or can't get sick. For example, you might've tested too early in your infection or before you were infected and came back at a later development testing positive.
Antibody tests are done through a blood draw. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections — they provide immunity, or a lesser chance of getting the virus again if you happen to become exposed.
The CDC does not know if those who have recovered can become infected again and advise everyone to continue following the implemented safety procedures until further notice.
In an article by Market Watch, Vice President Mike Pence spoke on behalf of the country's largest health insurance agencies, who cover at least 240 million Americans, saying people who get tested for COVID-19 don't have to worry about getting surprise medical bills. They will be covered either through private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
He said insurers have also agreed to cover telemedicine — talking on the phone with a doctor — and to extend coverage for treatment in all of their benefit plans.
The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) passed the Families First Coronavirus Response, or FFCRA, Act that requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The provisions have been set since April 1 and will apply through Dec. 31, 2020.