LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday the expansion of COVID-19 testing in the state.
Executive Order 2020-104 expands the type of medical personnel that can order a test and also creates a new category of testing sites that offer tests to anyone with reason to be tested and without charging an out-of-pocket cost.
“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 in a release. “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.”
Under the order, anyone who leaves their home for work or has even mild symptoms may be tested at a community testing location without getting a doctor's order.
A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus [lnks.gd]test to find an appropriate testing location.
Michiganders eligible for testing include someone who:
- 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
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