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Michigan National Guard resumes COVID-19 testing, including locations in Luce, Mackinac, Alger counties next week

The Michigan National Guard has supported testing initiatives in all but three counties throughout the state during the last six months.
An Airmen from Task Force 182 performs a free COVID-19 test on a resident of Bay County on...
An Airmen from Task Force 182 performs a free COVID-19 test on a resident of Bay County on October 3, 2020. Residents could get the test for free from the safety of their cars at Delta College in Bay City. Task Force 182 is a special task force that is part of the Michigan National Guard that has been conducting thousands of tests across the state for months(Photo by Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. Tegan Kucera)
Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 3:49 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan National Guard will resume its community based COVID-19 testing mission, conducted in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and local health department.

COVID-19 testing will be offered next week in the communities of Coopersville, Grand Haven, Harrisville, Munising, Newberry and St. Ignace. Testing locations include:

  • Munising: Monday, Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Alger County Road Commission, E9264 M-28, Munising, Mich., 49862
  • Grand Haven: Monday, Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., NOCH Testing Site/Old Panera Building, 1091 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven, Mich., 49417
  • Harrisville: Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., District Health Department, 311 N. Lake Street, Harrisville, Mich., 48740
  • Coopersville: Thursday, Nov. 5, 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Coopersville/Polkton Fire Department, 30 Conran Drive, Coopersville, Mich., 49404
  • St. Ignace: Friday, Nov. 6, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Little Bear East Arena, 275 Marquette Street, St. Ignace, Mich., 49781
  • Newberry: Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Luce County Road Commission, 12920 Co. Rd. 457, Newberry, Mich., 49868

Two weeks ago, all Michigan National Guard COVID-19 testing events were suspended temporarily out of an abundance of caution due to the identification of positive coronavirus cases among some team members. This was the first identification of COVID-19 on the Michigan National Guard’s testing teams, which have performed more than 204,000 COVID-19 tests since their mission began in May.

The Michigan National Guard immediately implemented self-isolation and quarantine protocols for the testing teams. All team members have since been cleared by public health officials in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidance and have tested negative for the virus.

“Soldiers and Airmen from the Michigan National Guard are continuing to do their utmost to protect our communities, our mission, and each other during this pandemic. Together, they have responded to more than 600 requests for assistance from state and local partner agencies, conducting more than 204,000 COVID-19 tests, supporting more than 290 long term care facilities and distributing nearly 14 million pounds of food at local food banks,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “With the pandemic far from over, it is critical that we resist the temptation to fall into complacency: widespread COVID-19 testing remains one of the best methods for assessing the risk of COVID-19 as we approach the holiday season.”

The Michigan National Guard has supported testing initiatives in all but three counties throughout the state during the last six months.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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