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WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ROLLS OUT FREE COVID-19 WEEKEND TESTING THROUGHOUT COUNTY
WAYNE COUNTY - In order to protect residents from COVID-19 and limit the spread, the Wayne County Public Health Division, with support from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is coordinating with local authorities within the County to conduct free COVID-19 weekend drive-through testing in their respective communities.

The first community to host testing was the city of Hamtramck on September 12 and 13 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Bridge Academy East at 9600 Buffalo Street.

"Ongoing COVID-19 testing is a critical measure to slowing the spread of the virus as we work to flatten the curve," said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. "Our Public Health Division is bringing testing to communities to effectively lead the effort of infection control."

Tests will be administered by Michigan National Guard personnel, while volunteers and staff from the Wayne County Public Health Division will conduct traffic management and registration for participants. The testing offered at this site is diagnostic, nasal swabs administered with resident remaining in the vehicle.

Wayne County Public Health teams plan to drive-through testing events at least two weekends each month through the remainder of the year, touching as many Wayne County communities as possible. The testing schedule will roll out each month once location and logistics are established with each municipality.

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing sites are open to all residents over the age of five-years of age. Minors must be accompanied by guardian. No pre-registration needed to receive testing. Also, no insurance or doctor's order is required.

"Our Public Health Preparedness team is working in collaboration with the State and local leaders along with County and community volunteers to bring testing directly to residents" said Wayne County Public Health Officer, Carol Austerberry.
This COVID-19 testing plan is a perfect complement to the weekday testing hosted by Garden City Hospital. This test site has been open and operational since early June. The testing hours are Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

For more information residents can call 734-287-7870, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM or 2-1-1 for information 24-hour, 7-days a week or by visiting the COVID-19 information page at www.waynecounty.com/covid19.