Wayne County expands free COVID-19 testing after uptick in cases

Posted at 8:24 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 08:24:10-05

WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Wayne County is ramping up COVID-19 testing to respond to an increase in cases.

The Wayne County Public Health Division says COVID-19 cases in the county have increased to levels matching those at the beginning of the pandemic.

“With the uptick in COVID-19 cases so close to the holidays, our public health teams have stepped up its effort to offer more testing opportunities to keep families safe,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans in a press release.

The two new testing sites currently with shorter wait times are as follows:

  • HYPE Athletics Center – Dearborn Heights, 23302 W. Warren Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
  • HYPE Athletics Center – Wayne, 4635 Howe Road, Wayne, MI 48184

Hours of operation for both sites are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The free COVID-19 tests are offered as diagnostic, nasal swabs for drive-thru or walk-in. The sites are open to all individuals over five-years of age for COVID-19 testing. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No doctor’s order pre-registration is needed to receive testing. Insurance is requested but not required.

“Until vaccine is available, testing is the primary means to keep numbers down and the community safe,” said Carol Austerberry, Wayne County Public Health Officer, in a press release. “We strongly encourage all residents to get tested frequently and to continue following all prevention measures.”

These two locations are in addition to a Harper Woods weekend test site located at Harper Woods High School December 5 and 6 from 10 AM to 3 PM and the Garden City Hospital’s testing which has been in operation since June.

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