Michigan National Guard helps communities offer no-cost COVID-19 testing at six new sites

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The Michigan National Guard will continue its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State Police, and local health departments to offer COVID-19 testing this weekend in the communities of Holland, Ferndale, Battle Creek, Sturgis, Allegan, and Petoskey.

These drive-through sites will be offering tests at no cost to the public both Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

“Expanded testing is a critical component of our MI Safe Start plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “We have significantly expanded our testing eligibility criteria so that most people are eligible to receive a test, and for these sites you do not need a doctor’s order. We appreciate the Michigan National Guard members who are stepping up to make this testing available. If you will be in these communities over the weekend, please reach out to obtain a test.”

The Michigan National Guard has more than 50 trained testing teams ready to assist, of which 21 are currently assigned to support the community testing mission. These three-member teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and two members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. All team members from the Michigan National Guard have tested negative for COVID-19 and have been following strict medical protocols to ensure health and safety and to protect Michigan communities.

“Michigan National Guard members come from these communities, we live, work, and raise our families here,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to work alongside our state and local partners to serve our neighbors and keep our communities safe.

Locations for each testing site include:

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