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Gov. Whitmer signs executive order to expand coronavirus testing

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Posted at 3:24 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 15:31:24-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed today an executive order to expand coronavirus testing across Michigan.

The new order, 2020-104, expands the types of medical personnel who can order a test and creates a new category of community testing sites, according to the governor's office today.

The community testing sites will offer testing to "anyone with reason to be tested" — without an advance order and without charging an out-of-pocket cost.

The state added today the the following Michiganders are eligible for coronavirus testing:

— Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19, including mild symptoms
— Has been exposed to a person with COVID-19
— Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days
— Resides in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter or migrant camp

People who'd like to be tested can call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit the state's website to find a testing location.

“We need to keep working to expand testing, which is why it is crucial that Michiganders who have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can get tested,” Whitmer said.

“This executive order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as we work towards our goal of 15,000 tests administered daily in Michigan. We owe it to the real heroes of this crisis — medical workers, first responders and other essential workers — to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus.”