Drive-through Covid-19 Testing in Leelanau

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that Northwest Michigan Health Services in Elmwood Township announced COVID-19 testing is now available for “anyone who’s interested”:

Covid-19 Testing…Chief Development Officer Gwen Williams said they had a standing order to be able to do testing for those without symptoms and hopes to increase testing in the area.

“We know that the state has set a goal to significantly expand testing across risk groups, geographic areas, and demographic variables and the expanded testing available at NMHSI will help us to reach that goal and gather important data about the picture of COVID-19 in northern Michigan” said Lisa Peacock, health officer of the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.

…“If you have thought about getting tested but weren’t sure you should, now is the time,” said Heidi Brown, NMHSI’s CEO. “We know that the virus can spread even when people don’t have any symptoms. We have tried to make the process as easy as possible.” to accomplish the goal of getting more people tested.

“It is likely that we haven’t seen the peak of the virus yet in our northwestern rural areas, so as we consider phased re-opening, knowing the amount of virus in our communities is key to doing so safely.”

Those interested can call 231-642-5292 to make an appointment. The facility, located at 10767 E. Traverse Hwy., is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only.

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