COVID-19 Testing Information

UPDATED July 2, 2021

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, pharmacies, and urgent cares, according to state criteria. If you have a health care provider, contact them about testing or see the information below. 

Statewide testing locator >>

Want a supply of free rapid COVID-19 tests you can keep at home and use regularly? 

Join the Say Yes! COVID Test At-Home Testing Challenge. The challenge is recommended for unvaccinated individuals 8 years old and up. Choose up to two members of your household to take part and test them two times a week for a month or until all tests are used. Individuals with the highest risk of exposure to the COVID-19 are the best choice. Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti residents can order testing kits online at for home delivery or pick up kits from the Washtenaw County Health Department and at some Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community vaccination locations. Learn more about this initiative here.

Did you test positive for COVID-19 using an at-home test? See guidance in English here and here. See guidance in Spanish here and here.

Saliva Testing with LynxDx in Ann Arbor

LynxDx offers drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Tests are contactless and saliva-based (no nasal swabs required). This site tests people of all ages. Testing is available with or without insurance or symptoms. 

Pre-registration is required: Once you pre-register, you will be directed to schedule a time/date for your test. Please bring your driver’s license or state-issued ID card and insurance card, if you have one. 

Results are sent to your phone or email within 48 hours. If you haven't received an email with your results within 72 hours or have questions about this site, please email [email protected]. Please do not contact the Health Department for results from this testing site. 

  • The Ann Arbor site is open 7 days a week. 8am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 10am-6pm Thursday; 8am-6pm Friday; 10am - 5pm Saturday; 2pm - 6pm Sundays (note: this site will be closed for holidays on Sunday 7/4 and Monday 7/5)
    • The drive thru is located at 2|42 Church parking lot on 648 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Please use the entrance with the sign “COVID Testing Today.” Follow the signs through the parking lot to join the end of the line.
  • There should be no out-of-pocket fees for testing at this site. Many insurance providers have already waived copays for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have insurance, testing staff will ask for your social security number to verify that you do not have insurance and will work with you to waive cost, if possible. If you need help with getting insurance, we recommend contacting the Washtenaw Health Plan!
  • If you do not have a social security number, input "999-99-9999" and indicate "no insurance" when registering. 
  • See answers to frequently asked questions about this site.

More Ongoing Testing Sites 

  • CVS is offering no-cost drive-thru testing at 4 area locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Testing now available for everyone 3 years and older. With or without symptoms. No out of pocket costs/free. 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 instructed to get testing by your state, health department or medical professional?" when making an appointment. Make an appointment here. Bring a photo ID.
  • Rite Aid is offering free drive-thru testing at multiple local pharmacies. Testing is available for anyone 4 and older, with or without symptoms. The testing sites utilize PCR simple self-swab nasal tests, overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists. Testing is by appointment only: schedule at Individuals ages 4-17 may access testing with a parent or legal guardian's consent. If both parents and a minor (4-12 years of age) need to receive a test during the same period, two separate accounts linked to different email addresses must be used. Additionally, a parent or legal guardian must be in attendance and bring their photo ID to the minor's testing appointment (they define minor above as 4 -12; however, anyone 17 and under must be supervised). A prescription from a doctor or health care provider is not required to receive the COVID-19 test. Bring a photo ID.
  • IHA and St. Joe's Medical Group currently offer both PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 testing at many Urgent Care and Pediatrics locations. Testing open to those with symptoms of COVID-19, high-risk exposure to an individual with COVID-19 or return to school, work or travel reasons. Appointments required. See locations and schedule here.
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea has a COVID screening/testing site at 1515 Commerce Park Drive in Chelsea. COVID-19 testing is for individuals with at least one COVID-19 symptom or those required to receive a test prior to a hospital procedure. See their webpage for hours, or call 1-833-247-1258 for more information. 
  • Ann Arbor Urgent Care is offering walk-in testing from 9 am-10 pm, 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. Visit their website to see testing hours and register. Antibody also offered. 
  • Michigan Medicine Laboratories (MLabs) offers testing to all ages for pre-procedural, symptomatic, and COVID exposure indications. Drive-thru Mon-Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment at 1200 State Circle, Ann Arbor (Huron Valley Ambulance). Individuals or patients can call 734-539-5111. For a business, school or office, please call 800-862-7284. Insurance accepted. No-cost without insurance. 
  • Michigan Urgent Care & Occupational Health - Ann Arbor offers 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.
  • Walgreen's at 2355 Jackson Ave in Ann Arbor is offering no-cost testing to those 3 yrs old and older. With or without symptoms. See website to schedule appointment.
  • Ypsilanti Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic, 301 W. Michigan Ave, Ste 100, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Medical Care One2539 E Ellsworth, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • COVID Clinic Inc's drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of the Briarwood Mall (100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor) is temporarily closed.  Visit their website for more 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.
  • 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 were exposed but do not have any symptoms, WAIT at least 5 days before getting testing. And REMEMBER a negative test during quarantine does NOT clear you. You must continue quarantine for at least 10 days after a known exposure because it can take that long for the virus to make you sick.

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.

See this flyer for more information on what to do after you get tested.

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 may be in touch with you to connect you with needed resources during isolation and conduct contact 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 recovered after you’ve gone 24 hours 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.

See our diagnostic and antibody testing FAQs document (updated Oct 27, 2020).