Washtenaw County hosts free COVID drive-thru rapid tests January 8 in Ypsilanti

YPSILANTI, MI – As daily cases remain at record highs with the spread of the omicron variant, Washtenaw County is offering free rapid COVID-19 driving tests on Saturday, January 8 in Ypsilanti.

Appointments are required for the event and can be scheduled online at bit.ly/wctest14, according to the county health department, although spaces are limited.

The testing event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 555 Towner St., is for people with symptoms of COVID-19, officials said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste, or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Rapid antigen testing will be used at the event, with results available within 15 to 30 minutes. No insurance is necessary and in-person interpretation in Spanish will be available as well as telephone interpretation for other languages.

People aged 2 and older can be tested at the event, officials said.

The event comes as Washtenaw County has broken records for daily positive cases. The 766 cases in 24 hours announced on Thursday, Jan.6 are a pandemic record, Department of Health spokeswoman Susan Ringler-Cerniglia said, adding that she expects the county to exceed that number on Friday January 7.

Authorities have announced more testing options, including another saliva-and-drive-based PCR test site from LynxDx, based in Ann Arbor, in the Ypsilanti region, which complements the company’s existing site in Washtenaw County in Scio Township.

Read more: Are you looking for a place to take a COVID test? Opening of a new site in the Ypsilanti region

The Ministry of Health maintains a list of tests and vaccination options on its website.

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