Additional COVID-19 testing sites are opening in Wayne County in response to climbing coronavirus cases in the county and throughout Michigan.
Wayne County officials announced Friday two new, cost-free COVID testing sites with reportedly shorter waiting times compared to other sites. The new sites are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and are located at:
- HYPE Athletics Center -- Dearborn Heights, 23302 W. Warren Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
- HYPE Athletics Center -- Wayne, 4635 Howe Road, Wayne, MI 48184
Officials say the diagnostic COVID-19 tests are offered at no cost, and are available via drive-thru or walk-in. All individuals over 5 years old are eligible to get tested, though minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, officials said.
Individuals interested in testing do not require a doctor’s order or pre-registration before visiting the site. Officials say insurance is requested but not required to undergo testing.
“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.
Wayne County officials say additional COVID-19 testing sites are expected to open in the near future.
For more information, Wayne County residents can call 734-287-7870 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, dial 2-1-1 at any time or visit the county’s website here.
Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to get tested and quarantine until test results are received to prevent the spread of the virus. Symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Michigan is currently experiencing a spike in coronavirus spread, leading to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.
In state’s latest coronavirus update Wednesday, Michigan officials reported a total of 324,779 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,761 total deaths. Wednesday’s update represents 4,273 new cases and 73 additional deaths since Tuesday.
Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 45,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to near 13% over the last week. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
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