Michigan expands free COVID-19 testing sites

Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 18:30:25-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan will soon have 77 new, free COVID-19 testing sites across the state thanks to two partnerships with the state health department.

That brings the number of state-supported testing sites to 100, a news release said Monday.

Several of the sites are Walgreen’s stores.

Tests will be by appointment only and individuals will have to do a self-swab in the pharmacy drive-thru lane.

Other sites are a partnership with the Michigan Primary Care Association.

The sites may try to bill individuals’ health insurance first, but the rest of the cost not covered by insurance will be covered through state funding.

“Cost should never be a barrier to Michiganders who need health care, including COVID-19 testing,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Containing the pandemic requires robust, easily accessible, free testing – and this is a big step in the right direction.”

Testing sites can be found through the state’s website.