COVID-19 Testing Information

UPDATED May 30, 2020 at 12:00 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 ongoing by local health care providers. Individuals with concerns or symptoms can call their health care provider about testing or view information on other testing sites below.

View our flyer for community testing locations this week in English , Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (updated May 26, 2020 - note the Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese versions are from last week, but the ongoing testing locations are the same this week).

Ongoing testing locations:

  • Drive-up and walk-up testing is available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry Street, Ypsilanti Township. No appointments, insurance, or prescription needed. But please bring your insurance card if you have one. Anyone with at least one mild symptom can get tested. Supported by Packard Health and in partnership with Ypsilanti Community Schools.
  • Drive-up and walk-up testing is available Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ford Elementary School, 2440 E Clark Road, Ypsilanti Township. Interested individuals can determine eligibility and schedule a test at Individuals with mild symptoms, anyone concerned about COVID-19, and people reporting to work in person, whether they have symptoms or not, can get tested.
  • Curbside testing is available daily by St. Joseph Mercy Health System at their Ann Arbor Hospital (in Ypsilanti) and Chelsea Hospital. See their website or call 1-833-247-1258 for hours and more information.
  • CVS is offering 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • See Michigan Medicine’s website for their testing information.
  • See the IHA 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 and click the “If you’re sick” button 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, or bank account information.

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.

See our diagnostic and antibody testing FAQs document (updated May 29, 2020).