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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Additional No-Cost COVID-19 Community Testing Available in Ypsilanti

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Disponible en Ypsilanti, Pruebas Comunitarias de Detección del COVID-19 gratis (Las pruebas están disponibles para todas las personas que tengan o no seguro médico, con o sin síntomas. Si ha estado expuesto al COVID-19 o tiene síntomas del COVID, no deben existir tarifas de gastos extras para las personas) La publicación se actualizó para aclarar que las pruebas de detección de COVID-19 que se realicen sin haber estado expuesto o presentar síntomas de COVID-19 podrían no ser "gratis". Algunos planes de seguro médico no cubren la realización de pruebas de detección de COVID-19 de forma regular (repetidas). Por favor, consulte a su proveedor de seguros médicos en esta situación. Si no tiene un seguro médico, LynxDx no le cobrará por realizar la prueba de detección del COVID-19 si ha estado expuesto o tiene síntomas de COVID (pruebas de diagnóstico o médicas).


UPDATE: The post is updated to be more clear that testing without an exposure or symptoms may not be "free." Some insurance plans no longer cover repeated or regular screening. Please check with your insurance provider. If you are uninsured, LynxDx will not charge you if you have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID (medically needed/diagnostic testing).

Due to increased COVID-19 activity and the Omicron variant, Washtenaw and Livingston County Health Departments are working with LynxDx of Ann Arbor to provide additional no-cost COVID-19 community testing. Testing will be available by appointment only and is a contactless PCR test using saliva. Testing is available with or without insurance or symptoms. If you are exposed or have symptoms, there should be no out-of-pocket fees for individuals.

The PCR saliva-based testing is not a rapid antigen test. The testing process consists of collecting a spit sample and does not involve nasal swabbing. Please do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Testing is now available at the following locations: 

  • Former Walmart site at 2515 Ellsworth Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 
    • Daily (including weekends) – 9am-5pm
  • Legacy Center Sports Complex – 9299 Goble Dr. Brighton, MI 48116
    • Daily (including weekends) – 9am-5pm

Appointments are required for testing. Visit https://lynxdx.health/register to schedule an appointment. This site will test people of all ages; however, testing children under age 5 is difficult. Frequently asked questions and testing locations are also available on the LynxDx website. 

Results are sent to your phone or email, typically 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. 

Omicron is more easily transmitted, and everyone is strongly encouraged to use all available, effective strategies to prevent and reduce the spread of illness. 

  • Get vaccinated or boosted if eligible (https://vaccinefinder.org)
  • Wear a well-fitting face mask around others (a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask is recommended over a cloth mask)
  • Keep at least 6 feet apart from others 
  • Clean hands frequently 
  • Avoid crowded areas or gatherings
  • Seek testing if feeling ill, or if you have been exposed 
  • Stay away from others if you are feeling ill, waiting for test results, or have tested positive (www.washtenaw.org/covid19whattodo

Vaccination remains the best tool for fighting COVID-19. Vaccines are free, effective, and readily available throughout Washtenaw County

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or more of these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay away from others and seek testing:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

To find a location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit https://vaccinefinder.org or www.washtenaw.org/covid19vaccine. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including safety and efficacy information, visit www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus or www.Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine

For more information and local updates, please visit www.washtenwaw.org/covid19. For questions, email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700. 

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