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MDHHS partners with Kroger Health for new COVID-19 testing site

Open through the end of May, Kroger Health partnered with The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services partnered with Kroger Health in order to provide a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site. Testing started Monday, May 18, and will continue through the end of May. 

Held in the Ford Elementary School parking lot, located at 2440 E Clark Rd. in Ypsilanti, the drive-thru is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for those eligible for testing. 

Due to limited supply of tests, only those experiencing symptoms including fever, cough, mild shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or vomiting or diarrhea will be eligible for testing. Essential workers who may be still reporting to an in person work environment, whether they have symptoms or not, are also eligible. 

Those who may be experiencing symptoms including shortness of breath that leaves you unable to speak full sentences, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face are recommended to call 9-11 if it is an emergency or to follow the CDC’s guidelines to help prevent further spread.

Once deemed eligible, individuals may schedule an appointment online for a location nearest to them. The scheduled appointment will then be confirmed through email along with pre-appointment paperwork that must be filled out. 

When arriving on the testing site, a photo ID must be accessible to confirm identity. A Kroger pharmacist will come to the car window with further instructions. 

The drive-thru test is a self-administered nasal swab, that will later be examined by healthcare professionals. Test results are expected to be released within 48 hours. Laboratory services for the drive-thru site are supplied by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Kroger Health team is expecting to conduct around 250 tests per day. 

“We want to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy during this pandemic.  Our Kroger Health team is committed to helping our communities live healthier lives and our company is committed to helping reopen Michigan’s economy by helping to test more Michigan residents,” said Kroger’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Rachel Hurst.

To check your eligibility or make an appointment, please visit their website.