LANSING, MI – A new tool should help make Michiganders search for COVID-19 testing easier.
The new program from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services works online and over the phone to help people find one of more than 300 coronavirus test sites, a news release said.
Online, people can go to michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest to find the closest testing site that matches their needs. The website has filters that allow people to look for options such as no-cost tests and asymptomatic testing.
For people who don’t have internet access, a partnership with MDHHS and Northeast Michigan 211 means people can call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 and press 1. That will transfer them to a 211 operator who can help people find a test site and they can sometimes register for testing over the phone, the release said.
The 211 transfer is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“As Michigan works to expand testing sites, it’s also important to make it as easy as possible for people to identify testing locations and simplify their testing experience,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We continue to work to eliminate barriers to testing so we can identify and contain COVID-19 as much as possible.”
People who aren’t showing symptoms but are at high-risk of exposure should be tested, the release said. That includes people who frequently interact with the public, those who work in congregate facilities and those who work in settings such as nursing homes, jails, prisons, homeless shelters and assisted living facilities.
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