Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Testing In Michigan — No Doctor's Order Needed

WWJ News
May 26, 2020 - 3:35 pm

(WWJ) Any Michigander who works outside the home can now get tested for COVID-19, without a prescription.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday the she has signed an Executive Order expanding testing in the state. 

Under Executive Order 2020-104, anyone who leaves their home for work, or has symptoms of COVID-19 — even mild symptoms — can get tested at a community testing location without getting a doctor's order or a prescription in advance, and without paying any out-of-pocket costs.

The order expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, so now medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival at more than 250 testing sites across the state, Whitmer said. 

Michiganders eligible for testing include anyone who: 

  • Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19, including mild symptoms 
  • Has been exposed to a person with COVID-19 
  • Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days 
  • Lives in any congregate or group setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp 

To get tested Michigan residents should call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 for information, or visit this link to find a testing site near you. 

“We need to keep working to expand testing, which is why it is crucial that Michiganders who have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus can get tested,” Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as we work towards our goal of 15,000 tests administered daily in Michigan. We owe it to the real heroes of this crisis — medical workers, first responders and other essential workers — to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus.” 

The new executive order also outlines procedures and protocols testing sites are required to follow. Read the complete order HERE.

This update from the governor comes as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 223 new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, and 26 new deaths. That brings the totals to 55,104 cases and 5,266 deaths stateside throughout the pandemic.  The city of Detroit — once a major hotspot— on Tuesday announced just one COVID-19 death in the past 24 hours.

As of Saturday, a total of 33,168 people in Michigan are listed as officially recovered from the virus. This statistic is updated once a week.

Get more coronavirus stats from the state, including details about cases by county, at this link