Oakland County Now Has Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Any Adult
(Oakland County, May 21, 2020)
Pontiac, Novi, Southfield, MI – Oakland County this week expanded its free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to include all adults age 18 and over and especially adults who are returning to work.
County Executive David Coulter said the expanded testing is important as Oakland County and the state gradually reopens, which includes resumed operations for many area businesses and manufacturers.
“We all know how important it is for our economy that our residents start working again and our companies and businesses re-engage,” Coulter said. “But we also know we’re not in the clear yet. As more people return to work, we need to be vigilant and mindful that the coronavirus is still with us. I urge anyone with underlying health conditions and those adults who are returning to work to get tested. The great progress we’ve made has put many residents back on the job. We need to keep our guard up.”
Anyone interested in being tested must make an appointment through the Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call hotline at 1-800-848-5533 to schedule an appointment. Results may take at least three days. No doctor’s note or prescription is needed and there is no fee.
The Health Division and Honor Community Health offer drive-thru testing at the Oakland County Complex, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac and the South Oakland Health Center at 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield. The Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi, also offers testing. The locations’ hours and days are:
Southfield: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pontiac: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Novi: Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To date, Oakland County Health Division has tested 4,844 individuals at its drive-through sites, 249 of whom have tested positive for coronavirus. That is a test positivity rate of 5%. Public health experts want to see a test positivity rate below 10%.
First responders, essential business employees or anyone who displays symptoms of the coronavirus – fever, trouble breathing, persistent dry cough, have underlying health conditions or are age 60 or older – should schedule an appointment.