COVID-19 testing site opens in Roseville

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 18, 2020

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville is the home of one of several new testing sites for COVID-19 that are being organized by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Sites include Roseville, three located in Detroit and others located in Albion, Ecorse, Flint and Grayling. Additional sites are scheduled to be opened in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Niles, Saginaw and Wayne in the near future under this program.

“Expanding access to testing will help us protect ourselves, our families, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis. That’s why we are working to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure COVID-19 testing is accessible for all Michiganders,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release. “After looking closely at the data and working with community partners, we believe these sites will provide the greatest access to testing for Michiganders across the state. We appreciate the willingness of these community partners to open their doors for this very important effort.”

The site in Roseville is located at All God’s People Church, 25295 Chippendale St. Appointments can be made from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

“It’s all being run through the state and the Macomb County Health Department,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “We’re really not involved, but we are happy to have this resource coming to our community.”

“We’re helping promote it, but it is really a state program,” added Scott Turske, the Macomb County Health Department media director.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said that Roseville was selected because of the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the area and to ensure the residents have sufficient opportunities to get tested.

“A lot of them were selected based on where we were seeing large numbers of cases and where we wanted to ensure there were sufficient numbers of testing providers. We want to make sure COVID-19 testing is accessible to everyone in the state,” said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “We also wanted to ensure there were no racial disparities in areas as well.”

The testing will be free and the locations will be hosted by trusted community partners including churches, community colleges and nonprofit organizations. The MDHHS said that locations were chosen in part to help address racial and ethnic disparities that had existed prior to the pandemic and were exacerbated by the virus.

“These Neighborhood Testing Sites will provide more than a place to get a COVID test,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a press release. “We know there are gaps in services in many communities in our state and these locations were chosen in an effort to address as many of these issues as possible.”

Testing sites will offer saliva tests, which are less invasive than nasal swabs and may make the testing process more tolerable for some people. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made either by calling the COVID-19 hotline at (888) 535-6136 and selecting “1” or online. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows, but preregistration is strongly advised.

Online scheduling is available through the online scheduling site, or by going to test.

“Helping Michigan residents easily access COVID testing sites is critical to safely reopening and we’re proud that our technology will help the state reach their testing goals more quickly,” Heather Fernandez, CEO and co-founder of Solv, said in a press release. “Neighborhood testing sites are just the start. We look forward to working with the state to open up online registration for more testing sites over the coming months in Michigan.”