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Kalamazoo County opening test-collection site for coronavirus

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 05:05:12-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo County is opening a test-collection site for the coronavirus.

The site will open on April 8, according to the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department.

The test-collection site will be located at the department in Kalamazoo.
The site will only collect test specimens from people who have been "pre-screened and received an appointment by their provider."

Law enforcement will be at the site for security purposes.

The test-collection process will involve several steps:

  • Patients will not leave their vehicle for test collection
  • Appointments will be verified through proof of ID and appointment records
  • Clinical staff from WMed Health will collect the specimen while wearing the appropriate PPE
  • The specimen obtained will be sent to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories

The department also said that the process for obtaining a coronavirus test "has not changed."

A health care provider makes the decision whether to order a test after a evaluating a patient. The provider may order a specimen to be collected for testing, if it's needed and based upon laboratory criteria,

The test-collection site is being "made possible" through a collaboration with the Region 5 Medical Coalition and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.