New COVID-19 testing site in Warren offers saliva tests starting Dec. 3

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Posted at 5:50 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 06:48:30-05

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — A new site in Warren will begin offering COVID-19 testing on Thursday, Dec. 3. This brings the total number of community sites offering coronavirus testing to 22.

The Michigan Department of the Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working with community partners including churches, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to launch the sites.

The site, located at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church on 8129 Packard Avenue in Warren, will offer testing Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“More than 34,000 Michiganders have been tested at one of the Neighborhood Testing Sites since they opened in August, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy of health at MDHHS. “Locations were chosen in part to help address racial and ethnic disparities that existed prior to the pandemic and were exacerbated by the virus. These sites have proven to be a valuable resource for communities across the state to ensure free testing is available to all Michigan residents.”
"We are delighted to partner with the state to operate a new community COVID-19 testing location in Macomb County," said Macomb County Health Department Director/Health Officer William Ridella. "Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Warren is well known for the array of vital services they provide for the neighborhood. We expect many people to take advantage of this new indoor testing site."

The new location joins 21 other sites in Albion, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Ecorse, Flint, Grand Rapids, Graying, Lansing, Niles, Roseville, Saginaw and Wayne, according to the state. Language translation is being provided at all sites, as well as assistance for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Testing sites are offering saliva tests, which are less invasive than nasal swabs and may make the testing process more tolerable for some people.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made either by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 and selecting “1,” or online. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows, but pre-registration is strongly advised. Online registration is available here.

Test results can be obtained via phone, email or by logging into the results portal.

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