CVS Health to provide drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn

Free testing, no doctor’s referral required; must be pre-screened and registered

FILE - In this Saturday, April 18, 2020, file photo, workers administer tests at a drive-through COVID-19 testing location in Franklin, Tenn. Testing is critical to controlling the coronavirus and eventually easing restrictions that have halted daily life for most Americans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Mark Humphrey, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DEARBORN, Mich. – The Michigan governor announced Tuesday a partnership with CVS Health to provide drive-through rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn.

According to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office, COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Henry Ford Centennial Library -- 16301 Michigan Ave. -- at no cost to eligible Michiganders. A doctor’s referral is not required.

The governor’s office says the site will test 500-750 residents daily who are experiencing certain COVID-19-related symptoms and risk factors as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We need COVID-19 testing now more than ever to get an accurate count of infections to help us continue flattening the curve of this unprecedented pandemic in every corner of our state,” reads a statement from Whitmer. “Our partnership with CVS Health is a significant step toward speeding up Michigan’s recovery and getting Michiganders back to a sense of normalcy in their daily lives.”

Health care providers will be on-site to oversee testing. Testing will be conducted using the new Abbot ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the fastest detection of the virus. The state is also providing security, personal protective equipment supplies for the team administering the tests, and on-the-ground logistics.

Patients are required to stay in their vehicles at the testing site. The testing process takes about 30 minutes from the collection of the swab to the delivery of results.