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U-M to begin offering free COVID testing to Ann Arbor residents living near campus

Community testing will be available Feb. 3-28

In this June 23, 2020 photo provided by UC Berkeley, a student provides saliva for an experimental COVID-19 coronavirus test for asymptomatic people. Scientists at the university are collecting samples from volunteers in hopes of finding asymptomatic people to stop them from unknowingly spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Irene Yi/UC Berkeley via AP)
In this June 23, 2020 photo provided by UC Berkeley, a student provides saliva for an experimental COVID-19 coronavirus test for asymptomatic people. Scientists at the university are collecting samples from volunteers in hopes of finding asymptomatic people to stop them from unknowingly spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Irene Yi/UC Berkeley via AP) (Irene Yi/UC Berkeley)

ANN ARBOR – As part of an effort to gauge the number of COVID-19 cases on campus, the University of Michigan will be rolling out free community testing for asymptomatic individuals, and for the first time, the testing will be available to Ann Arbor residents who live in close proximity campus.

The move comes as 11 off-campus residences were ordered to quarantine due to positive cases or recent in-person gatherings. University officials have confirmed that some outbreaks of the virus on campus include the new, highly contagious COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant.

All students -- undergraduate, graduate and professional -- living on and off-campus are currently asked to stay-in-place until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Testing offered to the local community is limited to those living within three blocks from campus.

If you do not live right next to campus but would like to be tested, visit Washtenaw County’s COVID testing website to find a free clinic near you.

Additionally, free testing is now offered weekly at Pioneer High School.

The university-run saliva-based testing will be offered to U-M students, faculty, staff and Ann Arbor residents living geographically close to the university on the following days and times:

Information on U-M's community testing program from Feb. 3-28, 2021. (University of Michigan)

Test results will be texted and/or emailed within 72 hours from collection by LynxDx, a U-M spinoff based in Ann Arbor that is now one of the leading COVID testing labs in the state of Michigan.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.