COVID-19 Testing Information
UPDATED July 8, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
|If you are feeling sick with any symptoms of COVID-19, even before you get tested, please take these steps to make sure you don’t spread the virus to others:|
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
Testing is available from local health care providers and according to state criteria. If you have a health care provider, contact them about testing or see the information below. There is also a statewide testing locator.
- Pop-Up Testing in Whitmore Lake - Saturday, July 11. Washtenaw and Livingston County Health Departments and community partners are offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the former Whitmore Lake Middle School located at 8845 Main Street in Whitmore Lake. Testing will take place on Saturday, July 11 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Individuals with or without symptoms can get tested. No appointment or referral is needed. Minors under 18 years must have a parent or guardian present. Please bring your insurance card if you have one. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance. Walk-up visits are also welcome.
- Packard Health is offering drive-up and walk-up testing is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry Avenue, Ypsilanti Township. No appointments, insurance, or prescription needed. But please bring your insurance card and ID if you have one. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance or ID. Open to anyone with or without symptoms. **Heat Advisory Update: To protect staff and people getting tested, this site will ONLY operate 8 -10 a.m. Wed 7/8 and Thurs 7/9. If it cools off, normal hours will resume Fri.
- St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is now referring symptomatic patients to IHA for testing. Please see the IHA website for details.
- St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea has a COVID screening/testing site at 14650 E. Old US-12
Chelsea, Michigan 48118 on the hospital campus. Call 734-593-6367 for instructions when you arrive. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- CVS is offering free drive-thru testing at two Ann Arbor locations (2100 W. Stadium Blvd. and 1700 S. Industrial Highway) for people with symptoms, as well as asymptomatic workers and asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. If you fall into one of these asymptomatic categories that are being prioritized by the state, check "Yes" for the question that asks "Have you been prioritized by your state or local health department for testing? (e.g., for public health monitoring)?" when making an appointment. Make an appointment here. Bring a photo ID.
- Rite Aid is offering free drive-thru testing at its 753 South Grove Street, Ypsilanti location. Testing is available for anyone 18 and older, with or without symptoms. Testing is by appointment only. Schedule at www.riteaid.com. Bring a photo ID.
- Ann Arbor Urgent Care is offering walk-in testing from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested. Antibody testing also offered.
- Ascent Urgent Care 140 South Industrial, Saline, MI 48176. Daily 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit their website to register. Antibody also offered.
- Michigan Urgent Care & Occupational Health - Ann Arbor is offering testing. Call 734-389-2000 to make an appointment. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested.
- Prognify Urgent Care on Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor is offering COVID-19 testing for anyone who meets Michigan’s expanded testing criteria. You can book an appointment on their website.
- See Michigan Medicine’s website for their testing information.
- View the COVID-19 test finder for other options in Michigan
What should I do while waiting for my test result?
If you have any symptoms or were exposed to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19:
- Stay at home except to get medical care.
- Stay away from other people in your home.
- Use a separate room and bathroom if possible.
- Wear a mask if you go into shared spaces.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Contact the Health Department if you need temporary housing.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor. See our What to do if you’re sick page for information on managing your symptoms and when to get medical care.
- Make a list of anyone you came in contact with 48 hours before your symptoms started, or since you were exposed.
If you have no symptoms and no known contact with someone who’s tested positive:
- Still try to stay away from others as much as possible.
- Keep track of anyone you come in close contact with after your test, as well as 48 hours before your test.
How can I get my test result?
You will be contacted when your results are available. Note that results sometimes take a bit longer than expected. Contact your primary care provider for results, or the health care facility where you got tested. We will not be able to provide you with results.
The Washtenaw County Health Department is only notified of positive test results for Washtenaw County residents. We typically are not notified of negative results. If you do not live in Washtenaw County, we will not have your information - even if you took your test here. Contact the local health department where you live for help.
What happens if I test positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home except for medical care, and away from others in your household as much as possible. See our what to do if you’re sick page for information on isolating, managing your symptoms, and when to seek medical care.
Health Department staff will be in touch with you to connect you with needed resources during isolation and conduct contract tracing to make sure people you’ve had close contact with go into quarantine. Pick up the phone if we call you to help us slow the spread of COVID-19! We will NEVER ask you for social security, credit card, bank account, or immigration status information. Learn more about how contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19.
You are considered recover after you’ve gone 3 days with no fever, your symptoms have improved, and it has been 10 days since your symptoms first appeared. If you never had symptoms, follow the above guidance for 10 days after your test.
What happens if I test negative?
A negative diagnostic test only means you were not infected on the day of the test. There have also been reports of false negatives. Continue to practice prevention measures to protect yourself and others, especially if you are feeling sick or had known exposure to COVID-19.
How can I get a letter saying I took a test, or that I tested positive/negative?
Contact your primary care provider for this information, or the health care facility where you got tested.
What about antibody or serology testing?
Antibody testing is not currently recommended to make health-based decisions on an individual basis (like returning to work). It is unclear if these tests are accurate or if they tell us anything about immunity to COVID-19. The Health Department does not recommend antibody testing at this time. If you do seek an antibody test, you should also get a diagnostic/PCR test.
Additional studies are needed to understand what antibody level, if any, would mean an individual is “immune” to COVID-19 disease - and for how long that immunity may last. If someone has antibodies, we don’t know if that means the person won’t get sick if exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. We also don’t know if it means they will - or won’t - be able to transmit the virus to someone else. Until we better understand the virus, we can’t rely on antibody testing to make individual return-to-work decisions.
You can also check with your health care provider for their perspective on use of antibody tests.
These companies offer COVID-19 antibody testing. Note that we do not endorse these companies or recommend this testing; this information is provided as a reference.
- Ann Arbor Urgent Care
- Ascent Urgent Care
- Michigan Urgent Care & Occupational Health - Ann Arbor
- Quest Diagnostics
See our diagnostic and antibody testing FAQs document (updated May 29, 2020).