Drive-Thru Virus Testing Resumes For Health Care Workers, First Responders

WWJ News
March 25, 2020 - 6:54 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Three Detroit-area organizations have reopened drive-through coronavirus testing for symptomatic first responders and health care workers after briefly pausing to adjust staffing in the wake of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home executive order.

The Wayne State University Physician Group, in partnership with Wayne State University Health Sciences and ACCESS, are providing drive-through testing for police officers, firefighters, medics and health care workers with COVID-19 symptoms -- fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat.

Drive-through testing resumes March 25 and will continue five days a week from 1 to 6 p.m. on the following schedule until the end of March, and may be extended based on community need and resource availability:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – WSUPG headquarters, 400 Mack Ave. in Detroit
  • Tuesday and Thursday - ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, 6450 Maple St. in Dearborn

During four days of operation, March 20-23, the program tested a total of 865 health care workers and first responders.

The testing includes collecting brief background and medical histories, followed by a simple and quick nasal swab test offered at no charge to participants. Those tested are notified of the results and care instructions through a private and secure text message.