Michigan Expands COVID-19 Testing Criteria, Launches Testing Site Locator

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it is expanding testing criteria for the coronavirus, which includes those presenting mild symptoms.

MDHHS has also published a COVID-19 test center finder page, located at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus, to help those looking to locate a testing site near them.

“Expanded testing is needed to learn more about how COVID-19 is spreading in our state,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We want to make sure people know that if they have symptoms, they should work with their medical provider to be tested.”

Michigan’s coronavirus testing priority criteria now includes:

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers
  • Patients in congregate facilities with symptoms, including those at:
    • Long-term care or elderly living facilities
    • Jails or prisons
    • Homeless shelters
    • Residential foster care facilities
    • Other group living setting
  • Patients age 65 and older with symptoms
  • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
  • First responders with symptoms
  • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
  • Individuals with mild symptoms

The state reminds individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, to contact their health care provider to discuss whether to be evaluated for testing.

Categories: Coronavirus